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Why we need Rise Against now more than ever

August 20th, 2014

Rise Against have achieved both commercial and critical success. The former is the result of a well-formed career but to be as widely appreciated by the music press, a band needs to have some substance to their style and with the word ‘punk’ so easily used as a stick to beat some in the genre, David Keevill explains why Rise Against are flying the flag the highest at the moment.

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Over the last few weeks, pictures and videos of the devastating air attacks in Gaza have filled social media. Accompanying the outpouring of grief and sympathy for those unwitting civilians caught in the crossfire between Hamas and the Israeli military is (rightly) anger on behalf of those unable to defend themselves. As anybody with a first, second or third hand opinion wades in to shout ill-formed slurs at their chosen target, Twitter and Facebook – the 21st Century’s soapbox equivalents – have become a cacophony.

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Album: Propagandhi – Failed States

August 31st, 2012

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Propagandhi
Failed States
Epitaph Records
3 September 2012

by Alex Andrews

The story goes that Propagandhi formed after Chris Hannah and Jord Samolesky pinned-up a poster in a Winnipeg record store advertising a “progressive thrash band looking for bass player.” It wasn’t until their third bassist that the band released its debut album, but the resulting snotty, skate punk must have confused the band as much the rest of us.

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Album: Anti-Flag – The General Strike

February 21st, 2012

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Anti-Flag
The General Strike
SideOneDummy
20 March 2012

by Tomas Doyle

In many ways, Anti-Flag are a byword for the sort of one-dimensional politiking which finds its spiritual home on the Warped Tour and whose central tenets appear to be Don’t Bomb Iraq For Oil / Vans Authentics For Everyone. Oft dismissed by those who prefer the more “serious” political stances of the punk underground on the one hand, and the more erudite protestations of NOFX (who have consistently proved themselves to be the best at skate-punk-with-views) on the other, Anti-Flag show no signs of changing their tune on The General Strike – their ninth studio album.

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