War on Women have released a new video for the single, “Capture the Flag,” which takes place at an outdoor competition and has the band and some friends battling the bad guys in all the games. You can watch the brand-new video below.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 3:50 PM (PST) by katehoos
Jawbreaker- who first ignited a frenzy when they reunited in 2017 at Riot Fest and then went on to tour throughout 2018- is back on the road again, currently on a week long run on the East Coast with War On Women and an also re-united 90s group, Pohgoh. The tour hit NYC for a pair of shows at Brooklyn Steel on 3/23-3/24. While the 3/23 show was sold out, Sunday was more low-key attendance wise, but that didn’t hinder any of the bands in giving rock solid, spot on performances. Keep scrolling for pics and show review.
Pohgoh opened up the night with a set of emo flavored indie cuts. The band was initially active in the mid 1990s, releasing a split with Braid, as well as several of their own singles and a full length in 1997 that came out shortly after they ceased playing shows. Their song “Friend X” was also the closing track on the very first of the legendary Emo Diaries series of comps on Deep Elm Records, which any eagle earred longtime fans in the crowd would have picked out right away when they closed their set with it. Having been a Deep Elm devotee in the late 90s and 2000s, who owned almost every comp they put out until 2003ish, I certainly perked right up when I heard it, smiling as recognition of a nice slice of the past set in.
Though the band ended their first run in 1997, they are officially back now with this tour and a recently released album, Secret Club. Released in 2018, it is a deeply personal album that touches on singer Susie Ulrey’s life with Multiple Sclerosis, the last 20 years, and what it is like being a re-united band now.
War On Women is fresh off of an Australian tour, having just barely arrived back home before this current tour kicked off, but you would never suspect a single ounce of fatigue or jet lag in them. They blazed full force into their set, opening with the searing rager “Pro-Life?” from their 2015 self titled debut leaving no question as to exactly what this band stand for. Singer Shawna Potter is one of the best front women in punk today, captivating audiences while never giving less than 110% in every performance and the rest of her band mates have the intensity to match her. In a set that was pretty evenly split with songs from their debut and their latest album, 2018’s brilliant and fiery Capture The Flag, they minced no words and took no prisoners, making it very clear their stance on life in America today with every lyric of every single song confronting misogyny, rape culture, transphobia, the brutality of healthcare and a whole host of issues that are sadly all too relevant in the political climate of 2019.
The band will continue their frenetic pace up through summer with North East and Canadian dates scheduled for May right before they embark on a UK/European tour with feminist post hardcore shredders Petrol Girls. War On Women is without a doubt one of the most important bands making music today, be sure to keep your eyes open for when they hit your town next.
Like many fans of Jawbreaker my age (just a shade under 40 if I’m dating myself!) I’m just a bit too young to have caught them in their initial run which ended in 1996, so this was something I had looked forward to for over 20 years. I also sadly wasn’t able to see them on their first shows back in New York in 2018, so this was really a night I had absolutely been waiting for. They have meant so much to so many people for a very long time, myself included, and I was not at all disappointed; from the reaction of the crowd- with a few attendees in the front row shedding tears- no one else was either. Hearing so many of the songs that were such a big part of my formative years played live was an incredible experience. It didn’t even dawn on me that all of the material they were performing was over 20 years old, some songs even 30 years old; they are all still so fresh in my mind and in the mind of so many of the fans, regardless of if they listened to Jawbreaker in the 90s or were even born at the time some of their albums came out. Needless to say, the band effortlessly delivered an intense and remarkable set as if no time had passed at all since their initial years.
The set list was switched up from night to night and touched on tracks from all over their catalog, sure to please even the most die-hard fans. On Sunday they opened with “Want,” the first track from their 1990 debut Unfun and went on to hit B-Sides “Sea Foam Green,” and “Kiss The Bottle” along with tracks from all four of their albums including solid helping of gems from Dear You, an album that on initial release in 1995 was particularly polarizing to long time fans, but now finally has the healthy respect it always deserved. It almost seemed like they weren’t going to play fan favorite “Boxcar,” but they held out and saved it for the encore to the delight of a very enthusiastic crowd. It is truly a special band that can write and play songs that sound as necessary today in 2019 as they did when they were first written in the late 80s and early 90s.
While fans new and old are certainly waiting to see if this reunion will bring new music, it hasn’t been made clear by the band yet if that is something on the horizon. For now they will finish this tour and then head to the UK/Europe for dates with Beach Slang and will also play for the 25th anniversary of Warped Tour in July.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:36 PM (PST) by Tom Aylott
Petrol Girls have announced that they will release a brand new album later this year. “Cut & Stitch” is out May 24th through Hassle Records on digital, 12” vinyl and CD, and the band are today premiering the first single from the LP – “The Sound”.
The single marks a fierce return for one of the most exciting bands in the scene right now, and you can check out the official video with all of the band’s forthcoming tour dates – including their newly announced Rough Trade instores, and their dates with War On Women – below.
Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2:46 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Baltimore’s War on Women have released a new single. The track, “The Ash Is Not The End” has come out as part of Adult Swim’s singles series.
You can have a listen on the Adult Swim website now.
Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 8:45 AM (PST) by katehoos
NYC Ska stalwarts The Slackers hit the stage a few days before Christmas for their annual holiday show at Irving Plaza in Manhattan where they were joined by fellow ska heads The Pandemics and feminist hardcore firebrands War On Women to make for a genre bending helluva good time holiday shindig!
Pics and review from the show below.
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:22 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Baltimore’s War on Women are now streaming their acoustic EP, which was recorded live at J Robbins’ Magpie Cage Studio. “Live at Magpie Cage” follows up their full length, “Capture The Flag” which was released earlier this year.
Both releases are off of Bridge Nine Records.
Check it out below!
Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:00 AM (PST) by Mike Scott
Baltimore’s War on Women have released a live video for “Pleasure and the Beast”, filmed at a home town gig earlier this year. The track is from their most recent album, “Capture the Flag”, which came out back in April through Bridge 9 Records.
You can have a watch below.
You can have a watch below.
Baltimore’s War on Women have released a brand new track called “Lone Wolves.” The track is one off of their upcoming album, Capture the Flag, which is scheduled for release on April 13th through Bridge 9.
You can stream the song below.
Capture the Flag will serve as a follow-up to the group’s 2015 self-titled album.
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1:56 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
War on Women are to release a new album via Bridge 9 Records on April 13th. “Capture The Flag” is a 12 song affair, with pre-orders up now on the label Bandcamp. The band are streaming the penultimate track on the album, “YDTMHTL”.
You can listen to the track below.
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 3:23 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The first round of bands for Pouzza Fest 8 has just been announced. The list which is headlined by the newly-reunited This Is A Standoff also includes War On Women, City Mouse, PI Mafia, Mike Frazier, Dead Broke, and Sincere Engineer.
Pouzza Fest 8 takes place May 18-20th, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec. For more info and tickets, visit the festival’s official website.
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 3:06 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
You can watch the video below.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Malamute
War On Women shows tend to straddle the line between protest and punk show. They exploded onto the scene in 2011 with their 10-inch “Improvised Weapons” and in the last year put out their eponymous debut full-length to thunderous applause from the punk rock community. Malamute sat down (figuratively) with singer/lyricist Shawna Potter and discussed, among other things, the band’s popularity in and outside the punk scene, sexism in Lord Of The Rings and punk show etiquette. You can read the full interview below.
War On Women’s last release was their self-titled full-length in February 2015.
War On Women last released their self-titled album in February of 2015.
British folk/punk singer-songwriter Louise Distras has announced some European tour dates coming up at the end of the month, with more to be announced soon. You can find the first string of dates, including a kick-off in Germany with War on Women, below.
Distras most recently played the U.S. at Punk Rock Bowling, and you can read the recap of that here. She most recently released the album Dreams From the Factory Floor last year on Pirates Press Records.