Austerity are a three-piece post-punk band from Brighton (UK)
Citing XTC, Scritti Politti and Wire as influences, but frequently compared to Gang of Four, A Certain Ratio and Fugazi, Austerity's sound is a high-octane collision of swaggering bass & drum grooves, scratchy, chaotic guitar and snarling vocals, spitting bile on complex political ideas, but always remaining rooted in everyday life.
The band have garnered plaudits for their intense, cathartic live performances, plus a steadily increasing notoriety as purveyors of confrontational anarchist politics and intelligently nuanced lyrics.
Austerity's debut self-release Glass House generated solid radio support from Melita Dennett (BBC Introducing: The South) and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music) and was selected as one of Tom's favourite tracks in the BBC Introducing Class of 2016 playlist.
Follow-up single Wage Freeze consolidated the band's rapid ascension and they were duly invited to perform 3 tracks in the live lounge at BBC Introducing: The South, interviewed by Melita Dennett during the show Austerity / BBC Introducing Interview
Having showcased in New York at Mondo.NYC, the band are gearing up for a hectic Autumn/Winter 2019, promoting debut album Anarcho Punk Dance Party in tandem with a plethora of UK tour dates.
Tom Robinson continues to champion Austerity, selecting them as one of his 10 favourite acts in celebration of '10 Years of BBC Music Introducing'
Tom also booked the band for a well-received live session on his BBC Radio Music Show
"Swaggeringly Wonky Dadaist Debut" - Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music)
"Austerity are a three-piece whirlwind of short-sharp sweet brutality you can dance to, which dismantles capitalism one song at a time" Louder Than War
"... as exciting as Swindons early raw XTC – with stunning bass play and unapologetic vocal delivery... *Fresh On The Net**
Austerity: Thomas Vincent - Vocals / Guitar; Stu Chaney - Bass / Vocals; Sam Luck - Drums / Percussion