Our previews of interesting/fun local happenings.
Oct 10, 2012
08:38 AMBe There
Spree Music with J. DiDomizio: Propagandhi
It has been three years since Propagandhi’s last album. That’s not too long considering the Canadian punk rock group has been playing shows and speaking their mind for nearly twenty years. In support of Failed States, their seventh full length and first on Epitaph, they’ll be making a stop in Buffalo at the Town Ballroom on Thursday.
Known for their clear political views as much as their bracing mix of skate punk and thrash rock, guitarist Chris Hannah, drummer Jord Samolesky, guitarist David Guillas, and bassist Todd Kowalski have lost none of their energy over the last couple of decades. Their raging guitars and equally aggressive lyrics have gained some nuance over the years, most evident on the new album. Failed States brings the fire and activism fans expect and turn to Propagandhi to provide. Here’s a sample, the title track from 2009’s Supporting Caste.
Their songs have always reflected their leftist worldview. The band has been maintained active stances against sexism, racism, homophobia, imperialism, human rights violations, and capitalism amongst other causes. Their website’s resources page is a basic collection of what to read, watch, consider, and get involved with, if you’re of like mind, with links to videos, publications, and texts.
The band’s line up has had a few people come and go over its tenure. Most famously John K. Samson, best known in the states as the frontman for The Weakerthans, was bassist and songwriter for a handful of years. While he is no longer part of the band, he and the members of Propagandhi share the same Anarchic politics, which will be on full display on Thursday. Here’s another glimpse of what to expect from their show, with a live version of “Anti Manifesto.”
Tickets are available at Town Ballroom, or online for $17 advance and $19 day of show. Doors at 7:00p.m., and opening for Propagandhi is Canadian hardcore band Comeback Kid. Despite this being billed as an all ages show, if you’re under 16, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.