Propagandhi: Fight the Power With Cannibalism

—by , March 4, 2009

Well, Propagandhi doesn’t believe in war, but that’s about all this heavy metal/punk group and Gandhi, the world-renowned supporter of complete non-violence, have in common. You’d never hear that great spiritual leader sing something like “Stick The Fucking Flag Up Your Ass.” However, you may see Propagandhi perform it on March 12 at Highline Ballroom at 8 p.m., March 13 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg at 8 p.m., and March 14 at Trocadero Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Drummer Jord Samolesky and vocalist Chris Hannah started the band in Manitoba in 1986. In 2006, after 20 years as a trio, Propagandhi recruited guitarist David “The Beaver” Guillas as their fourth member. The current bassist Todd Kowalski and the rest of this line-up have been rocking, screaming, cursing, and protesting ever since. Hannah was actually voted one of the Worst Canadians in History by Canada’s Nation History Society. Not too many bands can boast about that. This band doesn’t just fight for different causes using their music; they take active roles in campaigning against capitalism, racism, imperialism, fascism, human rights violations, and religion to name a few. However, their new album, Supporting Caste, shows off their love for animal rights with a song about the humane slaughter and consumption of non-vegans in an elaborate 18-course banquet. They’ll probably have a nice Chianti with that dinner.

Highline Ballroom is at 431 W 16th St., NYC. Music Hall of Williamsburg is at 66 North 6th St. Brooklyn, NY. Trocadero Theatre is at 1003 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are $17, $17, and $16, respectively. Also playing are Paint It Black, Bridge and Tunnel, and Witchhunt. For more info, go to myspace.com/propagandhi.


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