English punk rockers Charged GBH have been around for a minute or two. Flying the freak flag since 1978, GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm), cemented their legacy in 1982. That’s the year known as “UK82,” when bands like The Exploited, The Street Dogs, The Varukers, Discharge, Broken Bones, Anti-Nowhere League and GBH exploded across Margaret Thatcher’s iron-gripped England. With gravity-defying multicolored mohawks, slogan-slathered leather jackets and enough spiked bracelets to cause plenty of grievous bodily harm, these groups were not just simple punk bands; they saw themselves as anti-Cold War shock troops.
In 1982 GBH released City Baby Attacked By Rats, their first proper album. It’s a manic thirty minutes of ferocious hardcore punk anthems about life in the gutters of London. Tracks like “Sick Boy,” “Wardogs,” “Gunned Down” and “Heavy Discipline” are loud, fast and angry – the equivalent of a bomb going off in Piccadilly Square. A year later they followed up their debut with City Babys Revenge, an even tighter album of sped-up street-punk spew.
Like many punk bands from the halcyon days of 1982, GBH gradually got tighter, flashier and started melding punk with blazing heavy metal. Lightning-fast guitar solos were more commonplace, and bullet-belts and longer hair replaced the mohawks and liberty spikes. GBH returned to full punk form with 2010’s Lars Frederiksen-produced Perfume and Piss on Hellcat Records.
While a good chunk of classic punk bands have lost most of their original members due to any number of reasons, GBH have contained their core trio over the past 30 years. Singer Colin Abrahall, guitarist Colin “Jock” Blyth, bass player Ross Lomas – and drummer for the past 17 years, Scott Preece – are still raising their fists high and spouting a large amount of venom-laced vitriol.