Tag «Political Punk»

DS Exclusive: Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers Reflects on his Journey from Belfast to Chicago; and the role of Political Punk in the Era of Trump

Stiff Little Fingers, out of Belfast, Northern Ireland was amongst the first wave punk bands, and among those with a lasting impact. Their debut album, the seminal Inflammable Material celebrated its 40th Anniversary earlier this year.  The album features a trilogy of angry, political songs. S.L.F. founder and lead singer Jake Burns still has a bit of that same early anger in him and is hitting the road again as Stiff Little Fingers readies itself for another tour. The tour, entitled “40 Years of Inflammable Material,” celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the band’s debut album of the same title and they will be playing said record in its entirety. The first leg, well the US leg, takes them across the nation from October 1st in Phoenix, AZ and ending on the Flogging Molly Cruise with Burns’ friends and fellow Chicago residents in Pegboy.

Speaking of Chicago, Burns’ journey from his youth in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland to his adopted home, the Windy City, was one of the subjects we recently discussed. Read the entire interview below.

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Red Tank! (garage punk) stream new single “Things Fall Apart”

Phoenix based garage punks Red Tank! have just released their first single of 2017 with “Things Fall Apart” on Aug. 3 and you can give it a listen below. This is their first release since last summer’s full-length Bio/Feedback and like all Clipper Arnold penned tunes it’s fuzzy, it’s aggressive, and you can bet your bippy it’s well thought out.

Clipper is one of contemporary punk’s most contemplative songwriters and “Things Fall Apart” is very much continuing in that vein for the Arizona State Political Science major. With all that is going on in the American political landscape just about any poli/sci major might tell you they feel like things are falling apart.

The current incarnation of Red Tank! which features Clipper as the only original member and the only member leftover from even last summer’s lineup just completed a National tour and are back home preparing to roll out the rest of their record.

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