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Manchester Punk Festival Confirms First Bands For 2018

MPF 18 Oct 17The Manchester Punk Festival has announced the first wave of bands for 2018 when the festival takes place on the 19th to 21st April 2018 across six Manchester city centre venues. Now in it’s fourth year, the festival aims to promote the best UK and overseas bands on an affordable line up in good and accessible venues, and today they have confirmed that Propagandhi and Svetlanas will be amongst those heading over to the Manchester Punk Festival in 2018.

Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival 2018 can be purchased here

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Propagandhi Announce 2018 Eurpean Tour

Propagandhi VL TourPropagandhi have announced a European tour in April and May 2018. After a handful of UK shows starting on April 20th, the band will kick off the mainland Europe run of the tour with a club show at the Melkweg in Amsterdam on April 24th. Propagandhi will be touring in support of their seventh album, Victory Lap, which was released on September 29th via Epitaph Records.
 
The Punk Site Review of Victory Lap can be read here
 
You can view Propagandhi‘s European tour dates below

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Propagandhi Stream New LP In Full

Propagandhi VLPropagandhi has released a full stream of their fresh new LP, Victory Lap, that dropped last week via Epitaph Records on September 29th. 

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Propagandhi

Victory Lap

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Propagandhi are set to release their seventh full length, Victory Lap, via Epitaph Records on the 29th September, Propagandhi have now been around for over three decades and much has changed in that time. The current political climate has continued to fuel the band, in particular the election of Donald Trump, the rise of the far right and the refugee crisis, to name but a few of the issues confronting society at the moment, meaning that Propagandhi are as ferocious and politically focused as ever. Victory Lap is also the first album to feature new guitarist Sulynn Hago, who has stepped into David Guillas shoes, although he still makes a welcome appearance on four tracks on their latest full length.

The frantic riff of the album’s title track kicks in and it’s like Propagandhi have never been away, all the focused political fury and energy that you associate and expect from them is present. There are moments of frantic punk rock in the shape of Comply / Resist and Letters To A Young Anus, but it’s when they deliver melodic hardcore classics such Cop Just Out Of Frame, Il Flagrante Delicto, Tartuffle and the album’s lead single, Failed Imagineer, that Propagandhi truly come into their own. These expected elements are balanced against the staccato blast of When All Your Fears Collide and the comparitively mellow fury of Lower Order (A Good Laugh), Call Before You Dig, Nigredo and Adventures In Zoochosis.

It’s been five years since Propagandhi‘s last album, 2012’s Failed States, and they have returned more focused and furious than ever, and given the current state of world politics this shouldn’t surprise anyone who is familiar with Propagandhi‘s back catalogue. After over three decades and seven full length releases Propagandhi have delivered a confrontational and cathartic return to form, Victory Lap delivers the band’s signature hybrid of snarling riffs, urgent rhythms, and unapologetically politically charged lyrics that is a timely and welcome return at a time when we need band’s like Propagandhi more than ever.

Victory Lap can be pre-ordered via Epitaph Records here

Propagandhi Release Video For ‘Failed Imagineer’

Propagandhi VLPropagandhi have released a video for Failed Imagineer, a track taken from forthcoming LP, Victory Lap, that is due out via Epitaph Records on September 29th. The new album addresses a number of personal losses suffered in recent years and this is also a release that finds the band, who have always had an emphatic anti-fascist message to their music, facing a landscape in which fascism is, among a certain crowd, suddenly acceptable. 
 
Pre-orders for Propagandhi‘s new album are available here
 
The video for Failed Imagineer can be viewed below

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Propagandhi Hit The UK And Announce New LP ‘Victory Lap’

Propagandhi VLCanadian punk band Propagandhi have shared their new single, Victory Lap, the title track from their upcoming seventh album that is due out on September 29th on Epitaph Records. Victory Lap is Propagandhi‘s first full-length since 2012’s Failed States, Victory Lap delivers Propagandhi‘s signature hybrid of snarling riffs, urgent rhythms, and politically charged lyrics. Like much of Victory Lap, the title track captures the frenetic energy off an unapologetically political band at a time when political speech seems overwhelmingly fractured.

You can stream the album’s title track here and pre-order Victory Lap here

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Tours: Propagandhi

PropagandhiCanadian political punk group Propagandhi have announced that they will be heading on tour this Fall. The band is gearing up for the release of their seventh studio full length, Victory Lap, which is due out on September 29, 2017.  The album follows 2012’s Failed States.

Tour dates are below.

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Propagandhi Announce New LP; Stream First Track

PropagandhiCanadian political punk group Propagandhi have announced that they will release their seventh studio full length, Victory Lap, on September 29, 2017.  The album follows 2012’s Failed States.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Victory Lap.”  Watch it below.

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Live Concert Review

Propagandhi

Live In Vancouver (02/06/16)

The Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
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There are some bands you just need to see when they pass through town. Bands that tour so infrequently and have such a reverent fan base, that when they finally decide to stop by your hometown, you just go see them.  There’s no other option.

Winnipeg’s Propagandhi are one such band.

It’s been thirty years since guitarist Chris Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesk teamed up together in the little town of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to create politically minded punk rock. Despite their ever constant presence in the Canadian and global punk scene, it’s been almost two decades since they’ve stopped in British Columbia. With such a long absence, it came as no surprised that both Vancouver shows at the Rickshaw Theatre were sold out, as punks – old and new but mostly old – filled the floor, the seats and the rafters with eager anticipation.

After solid opening sets from Vancouver’s Slip Ons and Albany, NY’s After The Fall (who played all of last year’s Dedication in honor of their founding member Brian  Peters who passed away in late 2013), the crowd was ready and roaring to go. 

With no pomp or bravado, the fearsome four piece took the stage. Bassist Todd Kowalski, sporting some dashing basketball shorts and fist pumps galore, energized the crowd before they even began – and once the opening notes to Night Letters ripped through the speaker, there was no stopping anyone.

The crowd was a frenzy of chaotic action. The band jumped, and pumped, and shredded like never before. And the sound, something The Rickshaw Theatre occasionally has problems with, was perfect. It was clean and raw, showcasing the band’s spectacular musicianship the way it deserves to be.

Newcomer Sulynn Hago held her own, adding in backup vocals and even the occasional in-between song banter, while shredding through song after song after song.  They jumped throughout their entire discography, playing the must have hits like Dear Coaches Corner, Supporting Caste, Failed States and Cognitive Suicide, but also some rarer cuts as a special treat for those dedicated fans who went both nights. I only went on Saturday and was treated to The Banger’s Embrace, Fuck The Border, Haillie Sellasse Up Your Ass and the rare Purina Hall of Fame. For their encore they even brought out members from The Rebel Spell to do a cover of I Am A Rifle! in memory of the late Todd Rebel.

This is a band that knows how to play a set. They may not tour as frequently as they once did, but this isn’t a gimmicky reunion tour. Propagandhi still command the full attention of the crowd, they shred non-stop and watching them on Saturday you knew why they weren’t just an important Canadian punk band, but an important punk band – no classifiers needed.

   

Propagandhi Visit Sea Shepherd

PropagandhiCanadian political punk group Propagandhi visited Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker when they were recently on tour in Australia.

The musical activists are well known for their support of worthy causes, including aboriginal rights at Grassy Narrows in Canada. The Canadian chapter of Sea Shepherd will be tabling at their upcoming shows in Ontario. 

In their own words, Sea Shepherd is:

an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

The following video clip from the visit includes a short interview with drummer Jord Samolesky.

Propaghandi Stream Remastered Track

PropagandhiPropaghandi are streaming a remastered track from their upcoming  anniversary edition of How To Clean Everything which was originally released in 1993. You can listen to Stick the Fucking Flag Up Your Goddam Ass, You Son of a Bitch here.

The reissue, which was remastered from the original analog reels, is due to be released on August 20th and features the full album, three outtakes that Fat Mike cut from the record, and a rare four-song HTCE demo.

 

   
Propagandhi - Supporting Caste

Propagandhi

Supporting Caste

Smallman Records
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

Propagandhi has never been the type of band that has had to hide behind metaphors and clever play on word lyrics. Like bands of old – The Clash and Bad Brains – they speak out against unpopular issues with their own brand of tact and intelligence. “Supporting Caste” is Propagandhi’s first return to the music scene in 4 years since 2005’s Potemkin City Limits. During this time they have added a new guitar player affectionately referred to as The Beave (although his real name is David Guillas). With the addition of The Beave, Propagandhi’s sound has taken yet another turn for the good. You can really tell that they have improved in their musicianship with a fresh set of ears and ideas plugging into the punk juggernaut machine that is Propagandhi.

Lyrically, the band doesn’t try to get to tread new territory, so if you’re not a fan of in your face political or social commentary then don’t even bother picking up this record. Reading through any ofPropagandhi’s lyrics is like reading through a book of politics and provides a unique insight into the inner workings of a logical and brilliant mind. Supporting Caste seems to take a little bit more of a melodic turn then the previous two records except for a few songs that are just straight up kind of thrash punk (Night Letters, This is Your Life, and Incalculable Effects)

All the tracks on Supporting Caste are strong both lyrically and musically. The only track I don’t care for to much is Last Will and Testament. It’s not even that it’s a weak track it is just that the intro is a little too much instrumental for me. I can appreciate musical talent when I hear it but I like lyrics to go along with it as well; especially when they are thought provoking and intelligent. The song does have lyrics but it kind of gets to lost on me with the long intro.

All in all this seems like a logical step for Propagandhi to take from the last album. If you’re a fan of their past efforts (Todays Empires Tomorrows Ashes, Potemkin City Limits) you will instantly fall in love with this album. It is intelligent, though provoking, well articulated (unlike this review) and honestly the level of musician ship will melt your face off.

Fat Wreck To Reissue How To Clean Everything

fat_wreck_chordsCanadian thrash-punk outfit Propaghandi is teaming up once again with Fat Wreck Chords to reissue the bands classic debut How To Clean Everything. The reissue will include the full album, remastered from the original analogue tapes as well as 3 outtakes from the HTCE sessions and a rare 4 song EP. With the sales of the reissue a complete book of guitar and base tabs (transcribed by Chris Hannah himself) will be available.

Chris had this to say about the reissue:

“Maybe it’s the bath-salts talking, but I have come believe that there is value in having something that haunts you until you are dead. I give you… How To Clean Everything, the 20th anniversary edition.”

Catch Propaghandi on tour by checking out all upcoming dates here.

Album Streams: Propagandhi – Failed States

PropagandhiPropagandhi‘s upcoming album Failed States can now be streamed on the band’s Facebook Page or hereFailed States is scheduled for release September 4 through Epitaph.

 Propagandhi‘s last release was 2011’s Supporting Caste.

 

Propagandhi – Duplicate Keys Icaro (An Interim Report)

PropagandhiCanadian political punk/thrash band Propagandhi has debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Duplicate Keys Icaro (An Interim Report)” and set to appear on their upcoming new album, Failed States, currently set for a September 4, 2012 release via Epitaph Records. 

The album can be pre ordered here, and a list of supporting tour dates can be seen here.  Give the song a listen here.

Propagandhi Announce New Album

PropagandhiCanadian political punk/thrash band Propagandhi announced that their new album Failed States will be released September 4th on Epitaph Records. 

They also released a single for streaming on their website, it can be heard below. The album can be pre ordered here, and a list of supporting tour dates can be seen here.

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Propagandhi Complete Recording For Next Full Length

PropagandhiPropagandhi has announced that recording for their next album has wrapped up.  The band writes:

“hello fellow confusers of entertainment for understanding/ fun for happiness. how’s it going?

our new recording is done. it shall be released late this summer/ early this fall. a more official announcement coming soon. just wanted to keep you weirdos in the loop.”

The album will follow 2009’s Supporting Caste, released on the now defunct Smallman Records.

   

As I Lay Dying Announces Bill Stevenson As Producer For Next Album/Tour

Grammy nominated San Diego metal act, AS I LAY DYING, announce Bill Stevenson as producer for their next album this May! Bill Stevenson has played drums for both the Descendents and Black Flag and is one of the most highly renowned producers. Stevenson’s production credits include work on records by Rise Against, NOFX, Propagandhi, The Casualties, Anti-Flag and many more. As I Lay Dying will record this spring with the album release date expected in the second half of 2012. Follow the band’s official twitter account @ASILAYDYINGBAND for track titles, album art, new music, behind-the-scenes video, and more will be revealed as they are made available. The new album will serve as the official follow up to 2010’s successful The Powerless Rise.

AS I LAY DYING will play the fifth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival; the world’s largest touring heavy musicfestival. The festival will kick off on June 30th in San Bernardino, CA. Tours dates can be found below.

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Nations Afire Debut First Single From New Album

Southern California based rock band Nations Afire have made an explosive debut with the new single I Am An Army,” from their forthcoming full-length album, The Ghosts We Will Become, which is due out later this year.

Nations Afire are a four-piece band that features current and former members of some of the most influential punk and hardcore bands from the past decade.  Guitarist Chris Chasse has an impressive resume that includes a tenure with Rise Against (Siren Song of the Counter Culture ‘04 and The Sufferer & the Witness ’06).  Vocalist/guitarist Nik Hill and bassist Brett Rasmussen are both long standing members of the Orange County hardcore outfit Ignite and drummer Todd Hennig was the percussive force behind Death By Stereo for three albums.  Recorded at the legendary Blasting Room Recording Studios (Rise Against, NOFX, Propagandhi) in Ft. Collins, Colorado. “I Am An Army” is the first single from The Ghosts We Will Become, which will be released later this year.  Utilizing years of experience writing, recording and touring with elite punk bands, Nations Afire meld their unique styles of punk, rock and hardcore resulting in an intense blend of fist pumping rock.

Nations Afire will support the new single with shows in Southern California in May. You can listen to “I Am An Army” streaming now at Altpress.com. Check out www.nationsafire.com for more tour dates and news about the band’s new album The Ghosts We Will Become. Tour dates can be found below.

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Propagandhi Aiming For New Album This Summer

PropagandhiPropagandhi has announced that they are currently aiming for a summer release for their next album.  The band tweets:

“for those asking: record will hopefully be out late summer. label secured, but TBA. it’s more mysterious that way.”

The band last released their fifth studio album, Supporting Caste, back in May 2009 on the now defunct Smallman Records.

   

Tours: Propagandhi (Australia)

PropagandhiCanadian technical hardcore group Propagandhi has announced that that they will be embarking on a brief Australian tour.  The tour is set to kick off in early May and run through the end of the month.  Propagandhi last released their fifth studio album, Supporting Caste, back in May 2009 on the now defunct Smallman Records.

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Propagandhi Looking For A New Label

PropagandhiPropagandhi have updated their website saying that they’re still looking for a new record label after their last one, Smallman Records, folded. They said:

Don’t make us do it ourselves. We’ve all seen what happens when we’re left in charge of things. I know, the industry is in a tailspin and the relevance of the label-band relationship is more in question than it ever has been, but there are still some things a band like us needs to make it work smoothly.

We’ve had enthusiastic, but vague inquiries from a few labels and we really appreciate that. But we’re not looking for vague. We’re not looking for nebulous “what do you guys want?” inquiries. We’re looking for a strong, specific, enthusiastic offer that lays out in detail what your organization will do for us in exchange for releasing what will certainly be our wildest record yet.

The Winnipeg, MB band last released Supporting Caste in 2009 to great critical success through Smallman Records. This past March the band said that they had a new record underway and would be ready to record it by the end of 2010.

The full update from the band, full of hockey metaphors, can be read here.

   

Propagandhi/Sacrafice Split Detailed

PropagandhiWar On Music has announced that it will be releasing a two song split featuring the double Canadian assault featuring Propagandhi and Sacrifice.  Both bands will cover a seperate artist.  Propagandhi‘s contribution takes the form of Corrosion of Conformity‘s “Technocracy,” with Sacrifice offering their take on Rush‘s “Anthem.”  The album is set for a December 6, 2010 release.

Check out the cover art below.

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Propagandhi Announces Split With Sacrifice

PropagandhiPropagandhi‘s latest outing will see them covering Corrosion of Conformity‘s “Technocracy” in a 7″ split which will also see Sacrifice covering Rush‘s “Anthem.”  The vinyl release will be handled by Winnipeg’s War On Music Records, which aims to get the split out in time for October.  According to Propagandhi, the release should be mastered and sent off to the pressing plant later this week.

Anti-Flag, Propaghandi and OFF! Headline Riot Fest 2010

Riot FestRiot Fest officials have announced that Anti-Flag, Propaghandi and the Circle Jerks‘ Keith Morris’ new band OFF! have just been added to the list of heavy-hitter headliners that are gearing up to rock the city of Chicago from October 6-10th. These three bands will join the stage with such punk rock royalty as Bad Religion, Less than Jake, The Bouncing Souls and many others for the 6th annual Riot Fest.

The festival will feature a vast array of punk rock shows at multiple venues throughout the city. This year officials have even added shuttle buses back and forth between venues (where rumored late night free shows will be played).

Five day passes for Riot Fest are on sale now. Three day passes and single show tickets will go on sale Saturday, July 24th 2010 at noon CST.

Tickets can be purchased here, through TicketWeb. More information can be found here.

Propagandhi In Search of New Label

PropagandhiPropagandhi seems to be looking for a new record label. Frontman Chris Hannah had this to say on their website


“Oh, for crying out loud, seems we have the midas touch: we need a new record label (again). smallman records is calling it a day and moving on to real lives that don’t involve unstoppable bangers at the top of their game (that’s us, hosehead). so if there’s any labels out there that aren’t total cornholes but still know how put out a record properly, drop us a line. i said properly. we’ll have a new record ready to record by the end of 2010, and judging from the 7 tunes we have going so far, it’s going to leave everything we’ve done in the past in the stinking dust. yes, virginia, even ska sucks”

   
Propagandhi

Propagandhi

Todd Kowalski

Smallman Records
By on October 24th, 2009 at Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta

 

 

Propagandhi are one of Canada’s most prolific political punk bands around. With twenty-three years under their belts, five full length albums, two EPs and countless splits and compilation appearances, they have had a very impressive career. I sat down with bassist Todd Kowalski last weekend during the first night of their two night stand in Edmonton to talk about their career, touring and the political punk movement.