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F.U.P. - Noise And Chaos LP (BLR-012)
Existing in Sapporo, Hokkaido from 1988 until 1991, F.U.P. continued in the Japanese tradition of raw, violent hardcore punk. Their sound harkened back to its most classic era earlier in the decade like fellow Sapporo acts Napalm and G-Gas or even in the vein of more popular bands like Kuro and flexi-era Deadless Muss. With only one widely distributed release in the form of a compilation appearance, the band released, at a feverish pace, a slew of cassettes during this period, all of which were seldom heard outside of their immediate circle.
Perhaps due to the band's only recorded appearance on vinyl being their inclusion on the seminal Sapporo City Hardcore 7" flexi compilation (MCR Company, 1990) alongside Slang and Satanic Hell Slaughter, F.U.P., to the casual listener, has been unjustly relegated to the status of mere footnote in the annals of Japanese hardcore punk lore. The band's cassette releases remain unknown to most people.
The Noise And Chaos LP, which compiles 1990's Bootleg cassette, the entirety of the recording session for the Sapporo City Hardcore compilation split between the two tracks that appeared on the comp and the two songs given away for free on the No!! cassette, as well as the best material from 1991's Stop The Lawless An Act cassette, should position the band in an entirely different light: as one of the finest 80s/90s hardcore punk bands to emerge from Japan's nothernmost prefecture.
Tracks A1-A7 from Bootleg CS, self-released in 1990
Tracks B1-B2 from V/A - Sapporo City Hardcore 7" flexi comp, released on MCR Company in 1990
Tracks B3-B4 from No!! CS, self-released in 1990
Tracks B5-B9 from Stop The Lawless An Act CS, self-released in 1991