Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

There are many people who say that punk is dead.

And judging from the constant stream of repetitive bands that can hardly deviate from their predecessor’s sound, that statement would be correct. However, anyone who says that true punk is dead has apparently never listened to the Richmond-based quartet Strike Anywhere. After releasing two of the more solidly consistent releases, the boys are bringing their anger full circle with a B-Sides/compilation of sorts: To Live In Discontent.

The album opens with a heavy two-and-a-half minute dose of rebellion in “Asleep.” The song has the traditional Strike Anywhere sound. Thomas’s scratchy vocals echo against the rest of the band in a way that no other melodic hardcore band can do as well. The song speeds through at a blistering pace, sometimes treading into almost pop-ish guitars before seamlessly melding back into an unequivocal force of hardcore intensity. This formula is best seen in “Chorus of One” where the entire song builds up into a climax of a pogo beat of sorts.

Other songs like “Earthbound” remind you of the heart behind this band. It is a tad over one minute long but packs more emotion and passion into the song than most bands can put into an entire album. Likewise, “Cassandratic Equation” picks up the speed a notch and berates you for the better part of three minutes with the anti-establishment feel that is all too familiar.

Thomas’s vocal range even is tested from his scratchy yell in “Two Fuses” and for the most part, he doesn’t really hit the high notes too well. However, this really isn’t a bad thing as it adds a hint of desperation to the song as he even handles most of the "whoa"s by his lonesome self. It is one of the slower songs on the album, which isn’t really saying too much, but it shows a nice diversification of what is still a familiar sound for them.

With ten hits of new/old material as well as three covers (“Where Are They Now” is especially catchy), Strike Anywhere has done another good job with To Live In Discontent. The album doesn’t really tread any new ground for them but it really isn’t any new material either, so that is alright.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

You’re not just getting old. Punk’s getting worse. Your days acting like an idiot in the pit are long gone, your job keeps you from rocking out until the wee hours very often and you’re too concerned about the possibility of long-term hearing loss to stand directly in front of house speakers. Getting long in the tooth isn’t the only reason punk isn’t quite the thrill it used to be: Wave after wave of crappy three-chord rock has lowered the style’s bar so drastically that darn near anyone with a distortion pedal and a few Green Day riffs can get a contract.

Some pessimists might argue the opposite, but Strike Anywhere’s To Live in Discontent ought to show everyone that it’s still possible to get worked up over punk rock like you did years ago. In the sea of chunky bile that’s the punk scene, To Live in Discontent is the life raft you’ve been waiting for as you desperately tread water. Oddly, this B-sides and rarities roundup is Strike Anywhere’s finest moment, showing a band that’s rapped up in the focused aggression and the self-righteous fury that made us fall in love with punk in the first place.

Strike Anywhere has never been terribly imaginative in developing its sound, and that’s no different on the tracks, recorded between 1999 and 2004, that To Live in Discontent collects. Owing a massive debt to Good Riddance’s attempts to blur the lines between old-style hardcore and So-Cal punk – as well as a few nods toward hometown Richmond buddies Avail – Strike anywhere is a one-handed man juggling melody, searing guitars and classic hardcore beats. While it’s a formula many can (and have) followed, Strike Anywhere does it with the sort of unflaggable, unmistakable and unfakeable sort of passion that makes this collection a winner.

For Strike Anywhere, politics isn’t just a token fad. It, along with the band’s leftist regard for human decency, is the fuel to the band’s searing fire. “Asleep” opens the album with the cannon-shot dynamics of manic skate-punk beats and fiery guitar work that matches Good Riddance’s best moments as singer Thomas Barnett signals a back-to-action call to arms for punk’s idealist revolutionaries. “Incendinary” champions a love for hardcore’s primordial years as well as today’s So-Cal warriors and a straight-from-the-underground revolutionaries anthem. “Cassandratic Equation,” “Chorus of One” and “Where Are They Now?” all squeeze a surprising amount of sing-along melodies into the band’s speed-freak ferocity.

Your lack of interest in punk rock has nothing to do with turning 17, 21, 29, 35 or whatever. It’s because, frankly, the style’s in a heck of a slump. They may not make ’em like they used to very often, but Strike Anywhere’s latest finally achieves the passion, the melodies and the ire that the band reached for so long.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

When a band puts out a disc of B-Sides and “rare” tracks, you squint your eyes and clench your teeth, because it usually only means one thing – an album filled with lackluster songs that didn’t make the cut for any of the LPs, and usually for good reason. Strike Anywhere’s latest disc, To Live In Discontent is an album filled with B-Sides and rarities, but unlike other albums of the same nature, the songs are all good. Each song on To Live in Discontent could have found a happy and worthy home on any of the previous Strike Anywhere albums, but beggars can’t be choosers – so we are just grateful that these songs have been released for our listening pleasure.

To Live in Discontent starts off in usual Strike Anywhere fashion with the ferocious and energetic, “Asleep.” One, of the many, standout songs, “Chorus of One,” from the 2000 EP of the same name, breaks open as a call to arms with the lyrics, “To live in discontent / Anti-establishment / Since the day we were born / If we just look inside, a thousand rebellions sleep.” The potent “Earthbound,” is a testament to Strike Anywhere’s ability and heart as they pack the entire minute and nine seconds with raw emotion and energy. “Cassandratic Equation,” sounds more like an instant classic than a B-Side with a chorus of, “Underground America, 1999 / But it could be any year, anywhere,” followed by a string of “whoas” capable of igniting the fire in any working class hero. The song also infuses the type of guitar sounds usually found in Fugazi, another influential East Coast band.

The last three tracks, all of which are covers, prove that Strike Anywhere can take classics and, in the words of American Idol’s, Simon, “make it their own.” With traces of Fugazi in Strike Anywhere’s original songs, it’s no coincidence that they cover “Values Here,” by Dag Nasty, a band with strong ties to Fugazi and Minor Threat. “Where Are They Now,” originally by Cock Sparrer comes off as melodic, well rehearsed, and arguably better then the brash original. “Two Sides,” by Gorilla Biscuits also provides a new freshness to an older hardcore classic.

Although Thomas, the lead vocalist of Strike Anywhere, may never win American Idol (nor would he want to), as he can’t manage to hit any of the high notes in “Two Fuses,” he can probably win your little anti-establishment, melodic-hardcore heart regardless. Even though Strike Anywhere may continue “to live in discontent,” their disc should leave listeners, content to the nth degree.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

Knowing Strike Anywhere have new stuff out is always good news to me. In my opinion, they are one of the few new names (even though they’ve been around for 4 years by then) of the punk rock circuit that deserve the “punk” label. Their songs bring positive messages, invitation to political and social awareness and at the same time they stay true and coherent to their beliefs.And let’s not forget that they play punk rock the way it should be: Tight, fast, honest and with few melodies attached.
Usually, I’m pretty dissident with releases containing B-Sides, rarities and already released tracks, such as this one. I rarely find such material as interesting as the one contained in real albums with brand new tracks. Luckily, this is not the case here cause in “ To live in Discontent” there’s plenty of interesting material, offering a complete focus on the band’s discography up to now.
It’s actually cool these guys decided to include the “Chorus of One” ep, came out in 2001 on a minor label. All the songs got remastered and remixed and sound even better than the original version. For the rest, the other unreleased tracks here contained are a perfect example of the blazing sound this Richmond’s quintet brings to life. Besides the anthemic choruses, Thomas Barnett’s soaring vocals are the one he has gotten us used to, the guitars sound aggressive and so do the galloping drums. The cover of “Two Sides” from the Gorilla Biscuits sounds real nice and so does the Cock Sparrer one. If you’re a fan of this great band then you don’t want to miss this out. If you’re not familiar with SA instead, “To Live in discontent” offers you the chance to listen to punk rock as it should be played in 2005.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

Everyone knows of that one band that everyone talks about – but you have no idea who they are. So when they come up in conversation you just nod and smile, pretending you know what’s going on until you slowly fade yourself out of the conversation or change the topic before they find out you have no idea who they are. For me, Strike Anywhere were one of those bands. Whenever anyone talked about them I just nodded and smiled and pretended to know what I’m talking about when in fact I had only really heard one song from them (which was the music video on a compilation). So when it was revealed that Strike Anywhere were set to release a new CD, I figured it’s about time I got to actually know the band.

Before I mislead you anymore, let me tell you that To Live In Discontent is NOT a new album by Strike Anywhere. It is a B-side collection. The first two tracks were previously released as the “Bread or Revolution” seven inch on Fat Wreck Chords. Tracks 3 through 8 were previously released as “Chorus of One” CD EP on Red Leader Records, and vinyl on No Idea. Track 9 was from Exit English while track 10 was from their demo. The last three songs are cover songs: Two Sides by Gorilla Biscuits, Values Here by Dag Nasty and Where Are They Now? by Cock Sparrer.

So really, this "new" CD gives you a great feel off the band throughout their entire career; and it is safe to say that they have stayed incredibly consistent. Fast paced hardcore punk rock anthems laced with sociopolitical lyrics all across this release, making it fun and energizing. The lyrics come flying at you somewhat reminiscent of Kevin Seconds and you soon find yourself shouting along with the infectious and furious choruses. They are highly political, without coming off trite and forced. It is an album full of fist pumping anthems with a select few that are able to really blow you away. All in all, it adds up for one solid release of B-sides.

So now when people start talking about Strike Anywhere I’ll finally be able to pitch in a few opinions here and there rather then just nod and smile like the ignorant fool I was. But I should probably look into getting a copy of Exit English if I really want to join the conversation because although To Live In Discontent gives you a good background of the band, there’s still more to hear from them, and Exit English was their break through release. It is a great release for any fan or person wanting to hear more from these Richmond, Virginia boys nonetheless.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

To Live In Discontent is a collection of b-sides, covers, outtakes, and demos that are as potent and fantastic as their previous full-length Exit English.

Yeah, we all know these types of releases usually end up less than great, unless you are a diehard fan, but in this case, To Live In Discontent is the exception. Politically fuelled, Strike Anywhere’s energetic driving rhythms are anything but colorless. Assertive, yet melodic and heartfelt, Richmond’s Strike Anywhere’s socially conscience anthems, inner-city observations, and strong-willed lyrics elevate them above the rest.

Five tracks are from their Chorus Of One EP, along with a handful of demos, outtakes, rarities, and there’s three high-energized covers rounding out the release: Gorilla Biscuits’ "Two Sides," Dag Nasty’s "Values Here," and Cock Sparrer’s "Where Are They Now?"

If you’re already a fan, especially of Exit English, then To Live In Discontent won’t disappoint. Even though this release is a collection of old and unreleased material, it’s an album good enough for ears unfamiliar with Strike Anywhere to check out (but Exit English is also highly recommended). Simply put, To Live In Discontent is chock-full of great melodic punk-rock that contains substance, and a sense of compassion for humanity with a strong longing to alleviate social distress while pointing out the culprits. That, my brothers and sisters, is an underlying theme that I support full-heartedly.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

You know you’ve ‘made’ it when record labels start to want to release odds and sods albums. The fact that ‘To Live In Discontent’ is just as good as any other SA record is testament to how fantatsic this band really is. This record spans 13-tracks written between 1999 and 2004, taking in three covers and tracks from out of print records and songs that didn’t quite make the cut of the other albums. Not that you could tell mind – there’s hardly a lack of quality on show here, the songs just continue to prove how good a band Strike Anywhere actually is.

‘Asleep’ and ‘Antidote’, which originally feature on a Fat Wreck Chords released 7" back in 2000, yet are real call-to-arms anthems. There’s a ferocious energy throughout this record, as there is on other SA albums, in particular ‘Two Fuses’, a track which narrowly missed out on appearing on ‘Exit English’. The choice of covers are interesting too – the Dag Nasty song possibly comes off best, with Cocksparrer and Gorilla Biscuits songs also covered. The album flows well throughout and, unlike many records which are thrown together from different eras, it doesn’t lose any synchronisation or suffer from the difference in recording or production.

‘To Live In Discontent’ continues to show that Strike Anywhere are a criminally underated band. I haven’t been into them for long, but this is yet another release that suggests many more people should check them out. The songs from the ‘Chorus Of One’ EP may be more raw, maybe even more emotional (to use a cliche), but are every bit as good as the band that recorded ‘Exit English’. Check this record out, it’s maybe not the best starting point, but it should be in your collection regardless.

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Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

Are you tired of pop-punk bands with screamers running around masquerading as hardcore? Well, in case you haven’t heard, Richmond, VA’s Strike Anywhere has been making actual melodic hardcore punk for five years, taking notes from Kid Dynamite and fellow Richmond natives Avail to create some of the fieriest, yet most sincere punk rock in the nation. Their latest release, To Live in Discontent, is a rarities compilation of early vinyl recordings and their first EP, the long out of print Chorus of One, and a few covers for good measure.

“THIS IS AN ANCHOR FOR MY ANGER!” bellows vocalist Thomas Barnett in the opening track, “Asleep,” a rallying cry of song and good start for the album. Next up is “Antidote,” another rare track, but opens and closes with more restraint and musicality than most of the songs on the album. After that, the album revs up again plowing straight ahead into the six songs from Chorus of One, which are the highlights of the album. While only six songs, they illustrate just what Strike Anywhere is capable of; full on hardcore in the aptly titled “Incendiary” and “Chorus of One,” as well as more variant numbers like “Question the Answer” and “Notes on Pulling the Sky Down.” After that the album slides into more B-side material. “Two Fuses” is well done song, but it especially generic. The three covers at the end of the CD blend well with the rest of the album, mainly because Gorilla Biscuits, Dag Nasty, and Cocksparrer are obvious influences on the band. The Gorilla Biscuits cover “Two Sides” is the superior cover of the three and is the most similar to Strike Anywhere at their best. The other two covers don’t come across as well, but the CD can always be stopped before then anyways. While they may not add much, they don’t detract much from the album either.

Since this is a compilation of outtakes and older material, this album should be viewed a little differently. To some, it will sound “done before,” but that’s only because it has been done before?°¦by Strike Anywhere and bands who were influenced by or share their roots. To Live in Discontent does contain its share of ordinary hardcore jams, but it makes up for them with gems like “Question the Answer.” All things considered, if you’re a die hard fan of Strike Anywhere or good socio-political punk you should pick this up. If you’re into more modest rock, you might want to look elsewhere. However, if you’re thinking of buying the latest girl pants pop-core album, maybe you should do yourself a favor and buy this or better yet “Change is a Sound” and try some real hardcore.

For Fans of: Rise Against, Kid Dynamite, Lifetime, Avail

Tracklisting:

1. Asleep
2. Antidote
3. Chorus Of One
4. Questionn The Answer
5. Incendiary
6. Earthbound
7. Notes On Pulling The Sky Down
8. Cassandratic Equation
9. Two Fuses
10. Sunspotting
11. Two Sides
12. Values Here
13. Where Are They Now

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

To Live in Discontent collects all of the odds and ends that Strike Anywhere have accumulated over their six-or-so year existence, including the best existing versions of the songs that appeared on their Chorus of One EP, their single for the Fat Wreck Chords singles club, their 1999 demo CDR and a couple of other rare tracks, some of which haven’t been released at all. I was actually at Strike Anywhere’s first show, and it’s weird to think that this band has gone on long enough to be one of the most well-known and well-loved bands in the underground and that they’ve actually reached the stage where their truly merit this kind of archival release. In a scene where, more often than not, my favorite bands break up before I ever get to see them, it’s been amazing watching Strike Anywhere grow over the years.

In fact, while I thought the songs collected here were pretty much the best hardcore tunes written in the past 10-15 years when they originally came out, the thing that strikes me most about To Live in Discontent on the first listen is how much better Strike Anywhere have gotten since the very early recordings collected here. Sure, "Chorus of One" and "Cassandratic Equation" still have an undeniable power, spontenaeity and youthful exuberance, but these records are nowhere near the unstoppable beast that the band would record with Exit English.

In terms of the previously-released material that appears here, more than likely you already have this stuff, as Strike Anywhere had free mp3 downloads of all of these songs on their web site until fairly recently. However, if you haven’t heard the recorded versions, they’re the songs you saw the people going completely nuts to when the band plays live. Right from the beginning, these guys knew how to write a hardcore anthem that had the crew choruses and the "oi oi oi’s" in all the right places, and I have a feeling that young bands are going to be ripping into these songs to close their sets long after Strike Anywhere has called it a day.

The real reason to pick up To Live in Discontent, though, is the four unreleased tracks that are packed away toward the end of the disc. The first is "Two Fuses," an outtake from Exit English; while it’s a solid enough song, you can definitely tell how it got to the cutting-room floor as it’s not only inherently weaker than any of the songs released on Exit English, it just doesn’t fit with the general vibe of that record. It’s also just an awkward song that, for some reason or another, just doesn’t seem to work.

The other three unreleased tracks are all covers. Their version of Gorilla Biscuits’ "Two Sides" isn’t so much a Strike Anywhere track as Matt and Thomas from SA jamming with some of the guys from New Mexican Disaster Squad, and while I’m definitely a fan of NMDS the playing on that track is a step down from the way Strike Anywhere just seem to naturally gel as a band. Secondly, SA cover Dag Nasty’s "Values Here," a song I’ve seen them do numerous times live. Unlike the other two covers on To Live in Discontent, neither of which I think quite come off, "Values Here" is perfect for Strike Anywhere; they don’t really change anything, but the twin guitar melody and bellicose vocal lines are perfectly suited to the band’s style. The album closes with a cover of Cock Sparrer’s "Where Are They Now?" that finds Strike Anywhere unusually tepid and unsure of themselves, probably a result of the extremely slow (for them) tempo. Still, it’s a fun enough version and definitely not lackluster enough to warrant skipping.

The only real regrets I have about To Live in Discontent are that they didn’t include the 99 demo in its entirety (which would have involved several songs appearing twice) since I always really liked the sound of Thomas’s vocals on that recording and that they didn’t record (or at least chose not to release) the Four Walls Falling cover that I saw them play live several times very early on. Even more than Avail (whose name always gets dropped in Strike Anywhere reviews), Four Walls Falling really provided the blueprint for Strike Anywhere’s sound, and a well-recorded and well-performed cover version could have moved a lot of kids to check out the amazing Culture Shock LP and maybe even spur Four Walls to do another reunion show. However, To Live in Discontent is probably a better record the way it is, and there’s no way you could ever talk about shortcomings when this thing is actually blaring out of your stereo.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

Every genre of music has it’s handful of legendary bands that stick out as pioneers and icons in their inclusive style. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of a genre or not, there are sometimes musicians that can traverse the boundaries of musical preference and reach the ears of many. Most everyone has heard of the Richmond, Virginia phenomenon Strike Anywhere in some form or another, and whether or not they can relate to their music, most people can appreciate them as being one of the most powerful outfits in punk for years. After their numerous successful records cluttered with anthems of politically charged beauty, the fine people at Jade Tree Records deemed it worthy to re-release some of the rare material and older stuff that might not have been attainable by today’s class of fans otherwise. This upcoming album entitled “To Live In Discontent” is a perfect retrospective on Strike Anywhere and a great opportunity for old and new fans alike to reminisce on this classic band.

Throughout the thirteen tracks on the cd you’ve got a span of four years worth of recording and pieces of seven previous releases. One thing that initially caught my eye was that they’ve gotten every song off the lesser known, yet wildely popular “Chorus Of One” EP that was released on Red Leader Records back in 2001. That alone includes six of the tracks on this record and can in itself be a good merit of obtaining this release. I had personally only heard a little bit of that EP before, but now that it’s been redone and re-released it does the music so much justice I wish I had gotten more familiar with it in prior years. The production on this cd is really great and provides the exact sound and feel you would come to expect from anything associated with Strike Anywhere.

I’ve always been a huge fan of the songwriting skills this band has and the fact that they’ve never been afraid to voice their opinions on anything. Reliving their history over the past few years and being reminded exactly how musically talented they are and just how melodically beautiful and powerful they’ve always been is certainly a nice refreshing listening experience. Every track on the album was chosen pretty carefully and only the best material with the catchiest riffs, most upbeat rhythms and classic lyrical content was selected. What amazes me about the musical lineage of these guys is that when you look back and listen to their progression as a band over the years they’ve stayed very consistent with their original goals and sound (which is rare for bands today to do), yet they’ve never become stagnate or boring at any point in their career. Truly, Strike Anywhere have earned their right to be in today’s punk/hardcore community.

I can’t speak for everyone as to whether or not this album will be enjoyable or worthy of buying, but what I can say is that Strike Anywhere are one of those bands that have done nothing but give fans reasons to love their music and respect them as musicians. “To Live In Discontent” is an extremely passionate biography of the accomplishments and abilities this band has reached since their inception and only goes to show that true punk artists still exist and are capable of creating quality music. Writing material that is fueled by a love for music and the cause of affecting fans who listen has become a thing of the past with most genres including the majority of “punk” groups. That is not even remotely the case with Strike Anywhere as can be evidently seen in their latest release. “To Live In Discontent” is hands down an amazing album and a must have for anyone who previously loved this group or can appreciate any of the above statements.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

The Richmond, Virginia boys of STRIKE ANYWHERE have made their career by delivering hardcore anthems peppered with a radical worldview and a sincere musical/political understanding of the last 30 years of punk rock lineage. The five-piece have been bubbling over and with the release of To Live In Discontent the band offers a rare insight into the history of their undeniable hooks and ferocious energy. A collection of rare and unreleased material including the long out of print Chorus Of One EP, outtakes from last year’s Exit English, and an assortment of classic cover choices including Cock Sparrer, Dag Nasty, and of course the Gorilla Biscuits. To Live In Discontent is a must have release for any fan of the band’s raucous rally cry; a definitive insight into what fuels a revolution, and a glimpse into the history that will thankfully keep it burning.

Strike Anywhere’s Rarities Cleaned Up

Strike Anywhere’s collection of B-sides and rarities now has an official release date.

The band’s To Live in Discontent will hit stores Jan. 25 from Jade Tree Records. It follows last year’s Exit English (Jade Tree) (read Aversion’s review).

Although the band has a handful of dates scheduled in Japan, no North American tour has been revealed to support the compilation.

Strike Anywhere [I]To Live In Discontent[/I] Review

Really nice to catch up with all of Strike Anywhere’s non-album tracks, from the Exit English outtakes to their harder-to-find vinyl tracks. Heck, throw in covers of Gorilla Biscuits, Dag Nasty, and Cocksparrer and this is a winner, all the way. I’ve always said the truly great bands are the only ones who can pull off these collection-type, odds and sods CDs with grace, and that is certainly the case with To Live in Discontent. Also of note is that this CD includes one of Strike Anywhere’s best songs ever, the awesome "Cassandratic Equation". When it comes down to it, anything that this band touches turns to gold, the frenetic guitar chords of double Matt (Smith and Sherwood) and the positively endearing vocals of Thomas Barnett setting the foundation for one of melodic hardcore’s finest. Fitting that this Richmond, Virginia band sounds so much like Chicago’s Rise Against and vice versa (is it just me, or is there an uncanny resemblance?), considering they are the best two bands going in this genre right now. Those who missed any of the Strike Anywhere rarities along the way owe it to themselves to pick this up as soon as they can.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD GOES PUNK

Katie Knoll, former administrative program associate for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU), along with the members of STRIKE ANYWHERE, The Locust, The Blood Brothers, and Andrew W.K. have partnered up to help spread the word about Planned Parenthood and its services. The organization and its affiliates have been stationed at various punk shows throughout the year distributing health information and connecting with a seemingly divergent audience. Says Knoll, "A large percentage of the audience is composed of young men [and] It’s great to reach [them], because they don’t usually go to health fairs and they now know that their favorite bands are pro-choice."

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Planned Parenthood Goes Punk

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What do bands like the Locust, Strike Anywhere, the Blood Brothers, Liars, and Daughters have in common? If you answered that they all belong to subgenres of punk rock, you’d be only partially correct.

These bands are also Planned Parenthood supporters and have invited Planned Parenthood to table outside their concerts. These rockers who tour nationally also will announce to their 1,000-plus audiences that Planned Parenthood is on hand with, among other things, free condoms. Punk rock music tours plus Planned Parenthood? This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

It all started with music lover Katie Knoll, former administrative program associate for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU). Among her musical friends is Justin Pearson, the bassist for the Locust, who encouraged her to invite Planned Parenthood to one of its concerts. PPAU distributed health information and gave concert goers voter registration information. A large percentage of the audience is composed of young men. "It’s great to reach this audience," says Knoll, "because they don’t usually go to health fairs and they now know that their favorite bands are pro-choice."

After the first successful event, Knoll coordinated with other Planned Parenthood affiliates, such as Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, and Planned Parenthood of New York City. Knoll helped the affiliates get the OK from the concert promoters, the band managers, and the headlining bands to table outside their concerts. So far, Knoll has helped bring Planned Parenthood to seven concerts, with headlining bands such as Andrew W.K. and Dillinger Escape Plan. Some bands invite Planned Parenthood for their entire tour.

Now, Knoll says, the bands are coming to her instead of the other way around. She has moved back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she continues to hook up local Planned Parenthood affiliates with touring bands. She herself may hook up as a staffer or a volunteer with Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. Along with friends she will also be running the independent label, Collective Records. In the works is a benefit CD collection of all the bands that support Planned Parenthood, along with information about the groups and their histories.

STRIKE ANYWHERE "TO LIVE IN DISCONTENT" CD (JT1101) NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER


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STRIKE ANYWHERE’S must have compilation To Live In Discontent CD (JT1101) is now available for pre-order. The Richmond, Virginia boys have made their career by delivering hardcore anthems peppered with a radical worldview and a sincere musical/political understanding of the last 30 years of punk rock lineage. The five-piece have been bubbling over and with the release of To Live In Discontent the band offers a rare insight into the history of their undeniable hooks and ferocious energy. A collection of rare and unreleased material including the long out of print Chorus Of One EP, outtakes from last year’s Exit English, and an assortment of classic cover choices including Cock Sparrer, Dag Nasty, and The Gorilla Biscuits. To Live In Discontent is a must have release for any fan of the band’s raucous rally cry; a definitive insight into what fuels a revolution, and a glimpse into the history that will hopefully keep it burning.

The first 100 people that order from our online store will get a free STRIKE ANYWHERE poster & sticker set and one such lucky winner* will receive a free pair of tickets and a set of backstage passes to meet the band on their next US tour. (*US Residents only)

TRACK LISTING

1. ASLEEP
2. ANTIDOTE
3.
4. QUESTION THE ANSWER
5. INCENDIARY
6. EARTHBOUND
7. NOTES ON PULLING THE SKY DOWN
8. CASSANDRATIC EQUATION
9. TWO FUSES
10. SUNSPOTTING
11. TWO SIDES
12. VALUES HERE
13. WHERE ARE THEY NOW

STRIKE ANYWHERE ROCK AGAINST BUSH

STRIKE ANYWHERE have just finished sweeping the nation with the boys in as part of the massive Rock Against Bush tour. The band plans on heading to NYC on October 15th in order to join up with The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, and None More Black at BB Kings as part of the 2004 CMJ showcase.

After that STRIKE ANYWHERE will be gearing up for the late Janurary release of To Live In Discontent CD (JT1101) by hitting Germany throughout December with The Donots and The Peacocks.


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STRIKE ANYWHERE TO LIVE IN DISCONTENT CD (JT1101) ALBUM INFO AND MP3


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The Richmond, Virginia boys of STRIKE ANYWHERE have made their career by delivering hardcore anthems peppered with a radical worldview and a sincere musical/political understanding of the last 30 years of punk rock lineage. The five-piece have been bubbling over and with the release of To Live In Discontent the band offers a rare insight into the history of their undeniable hooks and ferocious energy. A collection of rare and unreleased material including the long out of print Chorus Of One EP, outtakes from last year’s Exit English, and an assortment of classic cover choices including Cock Sparrer, Dag Nasty, and of course the Gorilla Biscuits. To Live In Discontent is a must have release for any fan of the band’s raucous rally cry; a definitive insight into what fuels a revolution, and a glimpse into the history that will thankfully keep it burning.

This record will be available for preorder November 23rd and released on January 25th.

TRACK LISTING

1. ASLEEP
2. ANTIDOTE
3.
4. QUESTION THE ANSWER
5. INCENDIARY
6. EARTHBOUND
7. NOTES ON PULLING THE SKY DOWN
8. CASSANDRATIC EQUATION
9. TWO FUSES
10. SUNSPOTTING
11. TWO SIDES
12. VALUES HERE
13. WHERE ARE THEY NOW

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Strike Anywhere Save Animals, Storm a Bush

Richmond, Virginia’s Strike Anywhere stopped in for the Hellfest show in New Jersey before their recent Toronto show. When they weren’t playing, they were hanging out at the FaunaVision and Oasis Sanctuary booths.

The non-profit groups set up tables at the festival to raise awareness about animal advocacy and offered a place where bands could drop by and speak to fans about these issues.

“We met the people from Fauna and Oasis actually at a show. They had a table set up at a venue we were playing at and we just became friends through talking to them and believing in what they were doing,” said Thomas Barnett, Strike Anywhere’s lead singer. Their mission is to rescue animals that are victims of abuse, whether it is intentional or because of neglect, rehabilitate them and finally find a suitable home for them through adoption.

The band is no stranger to rescue missions. After hearing a neglected dog barking day after day in his neighbourhood, Barnett walked into the dog’s owner’s back yard and cut the pooch free from his chain. Barnett’s friends subsequently adopted the dog. “I still get to see the puppies, which is cool.”

He is so outspoken about these issues that PETA2 tracked him down at a show and asked for this thoughts.

“I’m not the most attractive spokesperson, but they cornered me, shoved a camera in my face and I was somehow more articulate than I’m being right now,” he said when pressed for details about the public service announcement.

The relationship with PETA2 came about because the band’s hometown of Richmond is close to PETA2’s headquarters in Virginia Beach. Other relationships are a result of touring and demoing. Mike Burkett, AKA Fat Mike of legendary punk band NOFX and the co-owner of FAT Wreck Chords, is friends with the band.

“The people at [FAT] are like our west-coast family,” Barnett explained. “We would record our demos in our bedrooms and post them online, and that’s when Fat Mike first heard us.” Fat Mike put together a compilation on his record label featuring bands that supported the movement to oust American president George W. Bush from the White House called Rock Against Bush.

“Every citizen of the world should be able to vote for the American president, because the U.S. effects so many people globally, more than any other nation,” Barnett stated. “If Bush gets re-elected after several weeks of counting this time, riots will last weeks, not half a day. American punks will rewrite American history.”

The band put on a great, politically charged punk rock show that night. A predominant mix of mohawks and fluorescent hair colour speckled the crowd at the Fun Haus and set the stage for an electrically charged set from the band.

Mexican Disaster Squad, Engine Down and Rainer Maria kicked off the evening and Strike Anywhere rocked the stage to the point where the ceiling began to sweat and the floors became slippery. They even incited a mosh pit in the Fun Haus’ limited space, where brave souls flipped gravity and chance the bird by body surfing in a pit that consisted of far fewer individuals than any self respecting crowd surfer should cruise on. Barnett, with his long blonde dreads, bounced around the stage in a fashion that was reminiscent of video game character Sonic the Hedgehog at times. He whipped the pit into frenzied waves of grinding punk hysterics.

STRIKE ANYWHERE WEAR ‘SHIRTS FOR A CURE’

STRIKE ANYWHERE have just signed on to join forces with longtime Jade Tree supporter Mark Beemer and his . The organization’s goal is simple: have bands donate a shirt design that becomes exclusive to The Syrentha J. Savio Endowment (SSE), who can in turn sell the shirt via their website and use the profits to help underprivileged women fight breast cancer. In addition to STRIKE ANYWHERE The Shirts For A Cure Project has exclusive designs available from Thursday, Thrice, Taking Back Sunday, Darkest Hour, and barrage of others. The Syrentha J. Savio Endowment was founded by Beemer to honor his wife, Syrentha, who lost her battle with breast cancer in January 2002. To date SSE has raised over $100,000 for breast cancer treatment.

STRIKE ANYWHERE are also just about to kick off their massive Rock Against Bush Tour with , The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave fame), and punk popsters .



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STRIKE ANYWHERE ROCK AGAINST BUSH

STRIKE ANYWHERE have had an incredibly busy year, they’ve done some serious touring in support of their raucous call to arms, Exit English LP/CD (JT1087). The band hit the shores of Australia late last year, toured both US coasts with The Bouncing Souls, headlined the Jade Tree United tour, shared the European Deconstruction Tour with the likes of Pennywise and Lagwagon. Now, just when you think the band might finally put their feet up to relax, the boys from Richmond are about to head out on perhaps their most potent tour to date. Beginning September 18th STRIKE ANYWHERE, along with , The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave fame), and punk popsters , will set out to
The tour will be extensive, hitting both coast and a good number of "battleground" states. So get out have some fun and take part in some good ol’ fashioned punk rock dissent!


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STRIKE ANYWHERE’S MATT SHERWOOD NAMED THE NATION’S MOST "COMPLETELY IRRESISTIBLE FACE" BY ANNA KOURNIKOVA.


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While we all know STRIKE ANYWHERE guitarist Matt Sherwood is a good looking young man, we would never have guessed that he would one day be hand selected by tennis superstar Anna Kournikova as the Nation’s most "Completely Irresistible Face."

Sherwood, fresh off a tour in support of this years compelling rock masterpiece, Exit English (JT1087), was entered on a lark into the competition by his girlfriend Aran. Little did she know that out of an amazing 1,200 applicants Sherwood would be selected to win the grand prize worth a total of $25,000.

Kournikova presented Sherwood with a complete electronics prize package, including an HDTV plasma display, surround-sound system, integrated DVD recorder and digital video camera. In addition, Sherwood will fly to a photo shoot later this year for the chance to appear in an upcoming Gillette Complete Skincare television commercial."It was a thrill to kick off the search in New York and to surprise the winner," said Kournikova. "Matthew is truly irresistible-looking and it was fun to tell him so!" Sherwood was chosen by Gillette’s panel of judges based on two criteria – the overall healthy appearance of his skin and his overall appeal. "I didn’t realize Aran had entered me until I received a call saying that I was a finalist," said Sherwood. "I never thought of myself as irresistible – so this is pretty cool!" As for Sherwood’s take on the surprise visit by Kournikova, he said, "Opening the door to see Anna was unbelievable enough…. and then, I found out that I won, which made the whole experience even more incredible. This has been amazing."

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AP EXCLUSIVE: STRIKE ANYWHERE = THE BEST LOOKING BAND EVER?

Many of you love Strike Anywhere, and with good reason – their intense blending of hardcore punk with an intelligent, political message is incredibly important in today’s post-9/11, pre-election world. But Strike guitarist Matthew Sherwood might be having a few more adoring fans in the coming months, as he has been dubbed as having the most “completely irresistible” face in America, according to Gillette. The shaving company had been conducting the talent search for the past few months to help launch their line of skincare products, and Sherwood was crowned the winner after receiving a nomination from his girlfriend Aran. So how did Sherwood find out he beat out over 1200 entrants, winning a $25,000 prize package and a chance to be in an upcoming Gillette commercial? From tennis superstar Anna Kournikova, of course. The sexy celeb surprised Sherwood at his Richmond home with the news. Don’t believe us? Well, good thing we have an exclusive photo of the meeting of the minds, which you can view [dial-up users beware; it’s a big one]. So what does Matt have to say about all of this? “I never thought of myself as irresistible – so this is pretty cool!” Be prepared to be signing a lot more autographs on future tours, dude.

STRIKE ANYWHERE CELEBRATE JUSTICE THROUGH MUSIC

Richmond Virgina’s STRIKE ANYWHERE are currently finishing up their tour of the East Coast and Canada. They drive back to the States for a final date in Vermont his coming Thursday. In other news the boys have signed on to be part of the by contributing a live performance to the organization’s Rock Your Rights DVD. The Justice Through Music Project is a tax exempt, non-profit organization whose mission is to work with musicians in order to organize, educate, and activate people in the support of civil rights issues. The DVD features interviews with musicians and students discussing the most pressing issues in the world today – the Iraq war, privacy, the drug war, freedom of expression, the death penalty, gay marriage, women’s choice, the Patriot Act and youth voting. Also included on the DVD will be the good folks in Lamb of God and Vendetta Red.

STRIKE ANYWHERE PLAY HELLFEST

Richmond Virgina’s STRIKE ANYWHERE are on the road again, touring up the east coast and into Canada. But not before making a stop at this years Hell Fest, July 23rd at Rexplex in New Jersey. While at the fest the band will be spending some time hanging out in support of both FaunaVision and Oasis Sanctuary, two groups dedicated to animal advocacy. The not-for-profit organizations will have tables set up where various bands will be stopping by to talk about animal rights.

The scheduled band appearances are as follow:

FRIDAY July 23rd
The A.K.A’s : 3pm – 4pm
Strike Anywhere: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Terror / First Blood: 6pm – 7pm

SUNDAY July 25th
Most Precious Blood: 12:45pm – 2pm

So stop by, say hello, get some free stuff, and help out the animals!