Propagandhi was formed in 1986.
Founding members Chris Hannah and Jordan Samolesky are also founding members of the G7 Welcoming Committee, which to date has released over 50 records including seminal recordings by the (International) Noise Conspiracy, warsawpack, Subhumans, I Spy, Submission Hold, Swallowing Shit, Giant Sons, The Rebel Spell and spoken word releases by Noam Chomsky, Ann Hansen and Ward Churchill.
In 1997 Propagandhi recruited The Rod from a band called I SPY. Propagandhi and I SPY had previously toured Western Canada, and released a split 10′ record together.
The band released 4 records on the American label Fat Wreck Chords until 2005 when its relationship with the label began to sour over its CEO's highly-publicized campaign to ensure that Democratic Party got a turn to totally rape and plunder the planet in the service of corporate power.
Feeling a little too much a part of the scenery, the band pulled a Peter Gabriel and stepped right out of the machinery for much of 2005, focusing band energy on volunteering and fundraising projects for groups such as Sage House, Sisters in Spirit, Middle East Children's Alliance, the Grassy Narrows Blockade, the Sea Shepherd Society, the Canada-Haiti Action Network and Welcome Place.
In 2006, the band became a 4-piece for the first time 20 years, adding David "Beaver" Guillas to the fold, whose previous posts included masterminding the legendary, meditative, experimental instrumental trio, Giant Sons, who Hannah described as "the best band in Winnipeg since I Spy called it a day".
In 2006, the band were nominated for — and actually somehow won — the inaugural ECHO Songwriting Prize for the song "A Speculative Fiction", from the album Potemkin City Limits. The band responded, "awards are like hemorroids: eventually every asshole gets one" and promptly donated the award money to the Canada-Haiti Action Network (a pro-democracy, anti-imperialist project) and the Welcome Place (a refugee support agency in central Winnipeg).
In 2007, Hannah was voted one of the Worst Canadians in History by a journal published by Canada's National History Society. He actually beat out current Canadian prime-minister/ living jack-ass Stephen Harper and notorious serial-killer Paul Bernardo. Hannah demanded a recount when it was announced he came in 2nd to former Prime Minister (and current dead guy) Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
In 2008, Chris went on sabbatical from G7 Welcoming Committee Records, meaning that for the first time in 11 years, Propagandhi would receive the undivided attention and energy the band felt the project deserved. Nine months later the band completed their 5th full-length album entitled "Supporting Caste", a 50,000 watt no-holds-barred, forward-thinking tip-of-the-hat to the giants — Voivod, Rush, NoMeansNo, SNFU, Sacrifice, Razor, Guilt Parade — that have gone before them.
In 2009, stoked beyond reason with their new tunes and line-up, Propagandhi plan to tour more than they have in their entire history with the express purpose of maligning the prevailing order(s). They are currently practicing the art of cannibalism and will soon release a cookbook of finger-licking recipes.
Off With Their Heads
Rising punk rock band Off With Their Heads have announced plans to release Home, their sophomore Epitaph Records' release on March 12th. The band has released the first song "Nightlife" today, which can be streamed via YouTube. Fans are invited to pre-order the album starting today by going to www.owthstore.com.
Produced by Bill Stevenson of Decendents fame at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO, Home retains all the boisterous spirit of the band's earlier efforts while sonically taking a monumental step forward. The new album embraces authentic punk rock at its core and combines melodic fast paced aggression with mid-tempo pop, while singer Ryan Young's rough and edgy vocals and genuine lyrics create a sincerity that can only come from a hard working band that lives and breathes it every day.
"Home is about the struggles of constantly being on the move, trying to maintain relationships while being away, and not feeling like there is really anywhere to go home to anymore," says Young. It's about the reasons why people leave their hometowns and never go back."
From the first track, "Star Walking", an explosive opener about things getting worse while waiting for things to get better, to the album's first single "Nightlife" about worry-filled, sleepless nights that keep you awake, Young describes the new album as "being about how hard it is to accept change for some of us." This is evident in the sobering track "Stolen Away" that takes a hard look at fleeting relationships while "Seek Advice Elsewhere" touches upon the importance of reflection. Young continues to say, "It's about getting older, and not being ok with it. It is about how religion can destroy a family. Finally, it is a dedication to anyone who can relate."
Off With Their Heads have begun to carve out their own foundation in punk rock history with their very own take on rowdy, self-deprecating, beer-drinking, working class punk rock. When it comes to touring virtually year round, it isn't a choice as much as it's a lifestyle for Off With Their Heads. In March, the band will once again head out on another tour in anticipation of one of the year's most engaging punk rock records.
After releasing an especially lauded EP and touring much of 2009, Philadelphia's The Menzingers have been dubbed a "Band You Need To Know" in 2010 by Alternative Press and they have a brand new full length proving why. Chamberlain Waits may very well be the most important record released so far by Red Scare and on it The Menzingers combine many of the genre's styles (punk, hardcore, folk) to make for an undeniably infectious hybrid of hits. Produced by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios (Alkaline Trio, Less Than Jake, Lawrence Arms), this band and this new album are destined for great, great things.