Thursday, March 11, 2010

review section # 02

2) Propagandhi

Propagandhi is a Canadian punk band formed in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 1986 by Chris Hannah and Jord Samolesky. The band is currently located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

While their earlier work draws from the punk rock and skate punk tradition, recent Propagandhi records have moved towards a heavier and more technical heavy metal-influenced sound.

They are an active veganarchist band supporting animal liberation and veganism. They are known for championing various anarchist causes and have taken an active stance against human rights violations, sexism, racism, homophobia, imperialism, capitalism and religion.

Early years

In 1986, Samolesky and Hannah recruited original bassist Scott Hopper via a "Progressive thrash band looking for bass player" flyer they posted in a local record shop. Hopper was replaced around the turn of the decade by Mike Braumeister. This was the first lineup to perform live. After several demos and larger shows (including one with Fugazi) made a name for the band, Braumeister moved to Vancouver and a young musician with an inclination towards poetry, John K. Samson, became the band's third bassist.

In 1992, Propagandhi played a show with California punk rock band NOFX. They played a cover version of Cheap Trick's "Surrender". Impressed by their performance, Fat Mike signed them to his independent record label Fat Wreck Chords. The band later accompanied him to L.A., where they recorded their debut album How to Clean Everything, released in 1993. The band spent the next three years touring and enjoying the popularity provided by the explosion of punk rock in the mid-1990s.

In 1996, they recorded and released their second album, Less Talk, More Rock, also on Fat Wreck Chords. The title was satirical, as Propagandhi is well-known for lengthy political speeches or rants during live performances.

Current members

  • Chris Hannah – vocals, guitar (1986–present)
  • Jord Samolesky – drums, vocals (1986–present)
  • Todd Kowalski – bass, vocals (1997–present)
  • David Guillas – guitar, vocals (2006–present)

Former members

  • John K. Samson – bass, vocals (1991–1997)
  • Mike Braumeister – bass (1989–1991)
  • Scott Hopper – bass, vocals (1986–1989)

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