Strike Anywhere [I]Exit English[/I] Review: 9 out of 10

WOW! Plainly put, this is fucking great. Exit English is Strike Anywhere’s second full length and has been one of the most highly anticipated releases since their highly acclaimed Change Is A Sound in 2000. Hailing from Richmond, VA, Strike Anywhere entered the studio with Brian McTernan at Salad Days this time to record twelve tracks that are not just beautifully recorded and well written, but which hold a certain organic element to them that cannot help but show you how natural and sincere this effort is. An already great band made another great record through and through…in my top 10 of 2003. If you don’t go get this now, you’re REALLY missing out. For fans of: Avail, Good Riddance, Kid Dynamite, Trial By Fire, etc.

Strike Anywhere [I]Exit English[/I] Review

As much as one could love or hate this band, there is one thing that stands out in both minds; the sheer brilliance in this bands music, lyrics and the intelligence that they bring with it. Strike Anywhere are probably one of today’s best bands based on political and world reasoning. Exit English is a true spectacle on how a band can keep the streak going, what an astonishing record is all I can say. With more passionate lyrics than a love story this record should quite easily be one of the best records of 2003, easily. There isn’t a bad or out of place song on this album, each has its own brilliant sound with a set of heartfelt and justifying lyrics.

The album starts off with the first track Amplify; sitting in at just over a minute it is quite easily one of the best introductory tracks I’ve heard on a record. The next track "Blaze" is another awe-inspiring song that is greatly sung by front man Thomas Barnett, the song is amply like many songs off of Change is a Sound. By track three "Infrared" the band have already got you into the album, this song is also the song for the bands upcoming video, I see no reason why it shouldn’t be, this is a song where that sheer brilliance really shines. The brilliance doesn’t end yet with the next song "To The World" a song clearly about the world today that contains some very hearty lyrics "I pledge allegiance to the world until the last lock breaks none of us are free none of us are free we fight to balance our minds petty powers pushing profits over our lifetimes…"

New Architects is the next song on the agenda, this time a step down on the furious speed that the band are so very good at. The song isn’t thoroughly slower, but at times you will get the anger of a scream, which I find perfectly suit’s the album. Light’s Go Out is the sixth track on the album, and again is a full speed ahead fit of rage faced at the wars the world is faced with today. Fifth Estate is the next song, this is another song just over one minute long, but again has a story worth hearing in it.

The next two tracks are "Modern Life" and "Aluminum Union" both tracks are a great combination of bitter and fierce feelings to them, a raw sound that is undoubtedly a trademark sound that Strike Anywhere hold. The tenth track "Extinguish" has a very broad sound to it, with strong vocals and lyrics at the same time. The last two tracks on this album are "In The Fingernails" and "`Til Days Shall Be No More" both with a story of war and a sound of depth and emphasis that matches no other.

Exit English is and will remain to be my favorite album of 2003, with a great deal of intensity. This album is a plus for anyone that has been a fan of Strike Anywhere from when they start up until five minutes ago, and for anyone that like an intense sound with real meaning and heartfelt lyrics. The artwork is also a standout on the album, some of the best CD artwork I’ve seen for a CD in ages, or maybe ever?

Standout Tracks:
01. We Amplify
02. Blaze
03. Infrared
07. To The World
10. Modern Life

Rating: 10/10

Track list:
01. We Amplify
02. Blaze
03. Infrared
04. 5th Estate
05. Lights Go Out
06. New Architects
07. To the World
08. Aluminum Union
09. Extinguish
10. Modern Life
11. Life in the Fingernails
12. ‘Til Days Shall Be No More

Strike Anywhere [I]Exit English[/I] Review

Exit English is Strike Anywhere’s second full-length for Jade Tree Records; the follow-up to their very impressive debut, Change is a Sound. Change is a Sound, which came out in 2000, was a great album that personified the punk sound and spirit. But now it is 2003, and everybody wants to know: how does Exit English stack up to Change is a Sound?

Exit English is an album that really warrants praise. Every song on here is an anthem – something to make you want to get up and try to do something to improve your surroundings. Thomas Barnett’s lyrics are as poignant as ever with the world in a seemingly more unstable state. These aren’t your typical “fuck authority” lyrics though. These are very intelligent, thought-out commentaries, the very kind of music that the government doesn’t want you to listen to. It really gets back to what punk used to be about, actually having something important to say, and saying it with conviction.

Musically, this album just rocks. All the instruments sound precisely in place, most likely due to the fact that the man turning the knobs was none other than Brian McTernan. Recorded at Salad Days Studios in Washington, DC, the production on Exit English is really the icing on the cake; perfect sounding. All the choruses will have you singing along in no time and yelling “Oi Oi Oi” right along with Barnett.

Times change and tastes in music change as well, but an album like this really transcends change. It is something that you can play for your kids in 20 years and say “This is what I was listening to when I was growing up; this was when music meant something.”

If you liked Change is a Sound, then immediately go find Exit English and pick it up. If you’ve heard of Strike Anywhere before, but haven’t actually heard them, this is a fine place to start. We need music like this in times like these.

STRIKE ANYWHERE COMPLETES "INFRARED" VIDEO


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STRIKE ANYWHERE has wrapped shooting on their video for the song “Infrared” off their upcoming Exit English LP/CD (JT1087), which will be released September 30. The video, which was directed by Christian Winters (Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Armor for Sleep) of Hilo Films (), features performance footage of the band enhanced in post-production. The photos below only tell part of the story, but at least they will give some idea of what to expect once “Infrared” hits the airwaves.

<http://www.jadetree.com/images/newsletter/SA-garthonstudio.jpgGarth getting prepared to rock

http://www.jadetree.com/images/newsletter/SA-thomasonscreen.jpgThomas in playback

STRIKE ANYWHERE BEGIN US TOUR SUPPORTING BOUNCING SOULS

STRIKE ANYWHERE begin their US tour supporting The Bouncing Souls today. The band is out in advance of the release of their sophomore album, Exit English LP/CD (JT1087), which will be released September 30. All dates listed below subject to change. Please consult the Jade Tree Tour page for updates.

All Dates w/ The Bouncing Souls (Except Eastern Canada)

September
24: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Laga (3609 Forbes Ave)
25: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Ave)
26: Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s (65 E Huron)
27: Chicago, IL @ Metro (3730 N Clark)
28: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (701 First Ave N)
30: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (935 E Coflax)

October
1: SLC, UT @ DV8 (115 S West Temple)
3: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
4: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
5: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (1332 East Burnside)
6: Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre (3522 Stockton Blvd)
7: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
8: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
9: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre (6126 Hollywood Blvd)
10: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)
11: San Diego, CA @ Soma (3350 Sports Arena Blvd)
12: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House (200 W Second Ave)
14: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues (3950 Las Vegas Blvd S)
15: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee (730 N Mill Ave)
17: Austin, TX @ Emo’s (603 Red River)
18: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (2706 White Oak Dr)
19: Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Hall (1401 W Intendencia St)
20: Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Cafe (200 N First St)
21: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues (1490 E Buena Vista Dr)
22: Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Club Venu (100 SW 3rd Ave)
23: Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade (1502 E 7th Ave)
24: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (695 North Ave NE)
25: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (33 E Main St)
27: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (317 Monticello Ave)
28: State College, PA @ Crowbar (420 E College Ave)
29: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (204 N Water St)
30: Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom (15 Lansdowne St)
31: Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave)

November
1: Washington, DC @ Nation (1015 Half St SE)
2: New York, NY @ CBGB (315 Bowery)

Eastern Canada

All dates with City of Caterpillar

November
4: London, ON @ Call The Office (216 York St)
6: Ottawa, ON @ Babylon (317 Bank St)
7: Quebec City @ L’Anti (725 D’Abraham)

For further booking information: [EMAIL]doitbk@aol.com[/EMAIL]

PREORDER STRIKE ANYWHERE "EXIT ENGLISH" (JT1087) AND ENTER TO WIN LIMITED EDITION SKATEBOARD

Oops! Jade Tree slipped up and forgot to mention that everyone who orders the STRIKE ANYWHERE Exit English LP/CD (JT1087), which is currently available for pre-order (Released on September 30), is automatically entered to win an autographed STRIKE ANYWHERE skateboard from Hooligan. This beautiful ride features artwork from the album and is limited to only 100 copies. Check out the STRIKE ANYWHERE deck and more cool boards at . If you have preordered already, don’t sweat it, you are already entered into the drawing.

Strike Anywhere [I]Exit English[/I] Review

The second full-length from Virginia’s Strike Anywhere is a breath of fresh air into the punk scene. I managed to score this album a month and a half before the release date (Sept 30), and highly recommend it. This album picks up exactly where their first record, ‘Change is a Sound,’ left off with resonating, fist-pumping anthems for the world. This album is highly political, without coming off trite and forced like many bands that only use political lyrics.They stress unity and dissent; thinking and performing as an individual in a society which conformity and consent have become synonymous with patriotism. Standout tracks include ‘To the World,’ which screams out "I pledge allegiance to the world, nothing more, nothing less than my humanity," a powerful message that together we are all human in a time where our differences are stressed and exploited for ends which do not align with our own shared responsibility as human beings. ‘The Fifth Estate’ begins with the Strike Anywhere trademark whoa-oh’s and lashes out with only a minute and twenty seconds of anger, screaming "Our own truth." The lyrics have become more poetic as well, for example "wrap the silences around me" and "look how the ruts stick to my footsteps," showing a depth of thought unfound on the first full length. This is a great record, and fan of punk music or music in general owes it to themselves to give it a listen.

Strike Anywhere [I]Exit English[/I] Review

I think it’s getting to the point where the whole punk-laced-with-hardcore-screaming-and-bursts-of-poppy-melody is getting way overplayed, to the point of exhaustion. There’s nothing wrong with the style, especially when it’s done well (bands like Thursday, Haste, etc.), but more often than not, it seems to be a hackneyed way of expressing teen angst.

I’m split straight down the middle on Strike Anywhere’s newest release from Jade Tree. On one hand, it’s a tight, well-executed album of the aforementioned style, rife with political subtext and amazingly tight production. On the other hand, it’s not really any different from other bands that do this particular style. That’s what makes it so hard for me to review this album. It’s good, no doubt, and I’m entirely sure that this band is completely sincere, but it’s hard for me to take this album seriously because I’ve heard it so many other times. If everybody’s screaming, how are we to determine one voice from the next? If you want to be heard, sometimes you just have to try whispering.

Key Song: They’re all well written but none stand out among the others really.

STRIKE ANYWHERE: MAJOR NEWS UPDATE

Part 1. Japan

OK, by now everyone has heard that STRIKE ANYWHERE did not get into Japan while on tour as part of band’s 2003 Japan/Australia tour. Since the band has already written about this incident extensively on their website, please refer to Official Strike Anywhere site for the full story, or at least one side of it. STRIKE ANYWHERE guitarist Matt Smith and Jade Tree’s Tim Owen and Darren Walters did get into the country and were on hand to sell merch at the sold out Tokyo shows to the tons of disappointed fans, while tour promoter and Big Mouth Japan label owner Moto handed out refunds at the door. Moto and his friend Mei helped Matt, Tim, and Darren navigate the insanity of Japan and made sure that they were well taken care of during their weeklong stay.


Tim, Smith, and Junko on posing on the streets of Tokyo

Part 2. Australia

When everyone was finally reunited in Australia, there was a week of fun in Sydney that included seeing the Sydney Harbor, skating, petting Kangaroos and koalas, and fun filled nights out with the locals. As the tour took off in earnest, fans came out and showed STRIKE ANYWHERE lots of love and enthusiasm from beginning to end, with many people following the tour and making the long drives along with the band. The Australian part of the tour, which was a total of 10 dates, went better than expected and Graham Nixon from Resist Records is to be commended for all of his effort and support. Check out his site at Resist Records.


Thomas and Garth turn up the heat in Newcastle


SA looking tough in Melbourne


Sherwood and Graham, better known as Grazza


Koalas! Koalas!

Part 3. USA

Suffering from serious jet lag, STRIKE ANYWHERE made a triumphant return to the USA, playing the west coast with label mates From Ashes Rise and generally raising hell up and down the coast. By time STRIKE ANYWHERE played in California, the band was super-tight and treated crowds to some of the best shows to hit Cali in a good long time.

Part 4. Exit English and the future

And now, as the boys prepare to release what is quite simply the most important record of 2003, they are at home spending time with loved ones and relaxing before hitting the road with The Bouncing Souls beginning in September and continuing throughout October, just as Exit English LP/CD (JT1087), which is currently available for pre-order, is released on September 30. This will be just the beginning of the STRIKE ANYWHERE onslaught, as the band prepares to take the rest of 2003 and all of 2004 by storm. For further updates, images, and to hear the album streaming live 24/7, check www.exitenglish.com

All dates listed below subject to change. Please consult the Jade Tree Tour page for updates.

All Dates w/ The Bouncing Souls (Except 9.19)

September
12: NYC, NY @ Irving Plaza (17 Irving Pl) w/ The Arsons, The Pietasters
19: Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz (10 Walnut Alley)
20: Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) w/ The Arsons, The Casualties
24: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Laga (3609 Forbes Ave)
25: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Ave)
26: Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s (65 E Huron)
27: Chicago, IL @ Metro (3730 N Clark)
28: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (701 First Ave N)
30: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (935 E Coflax)

October
1: SLC, UT @ DV8 (115 S West Temple)
3: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
4: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
5: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (1332 East Burnside)
6: Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre (3522 Stockton Blvd)
7: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
8: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
9: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre (6126 Hollywood Blvd)
10: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)
11: San Diego, CA @ Soma (3350 Sports Arena Blvd)
12: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House (200 W Second Ave)
14: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues (3950 Las Vegas Blvd S)
15: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee (730 N Mill Ave)
17: Austin, TX @ Emo’s (603 Red River)
18: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (2706 White Oak Dr)
19: Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Hall (1401 W Intendencia St)
20: Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Cafe (200 N First St)
21: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues (1490 E Buena Vista Dr)
22: Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Club Venu (100 SW 3rd Ave)
23: Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade (1502 E 7th Ave)
24: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (695 N Avenue NE)
25: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (33 E Main St)
27: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (317 Monticello Ave)
28: State College, PA @ Crowbar (420 E College Ave)
29: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (204 N Water St)
30: Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom (15 Lansdowne St)

November
1: Washington, DC @ Nation (1015 Half St SE)

Booking info: tyler@doitbooking.com

Official Strike Anywhere site

www.exitenglish.com

STRIKE ANYWHERE’S WWW.EXITENGLISH.COM GOES LIVE

In preparation for the release of the much-anticipated new album by Richmond, VA’s STRIKE ANYWHERE, Jade Tree and the band have launched the website . By visiting the site, fans can listen to the new album streaming 24/7 and get a taste of the artwork for the phenomenal Exit English LP/CD (JT1087), which is currently available for pre-order and will be released on September 30. The site also includes band updates, photos, tour dates, and links, as well as a clock counting down the days until Exit English is released.

STRIKE ANYWHERE BACK IN THE US, BEGINS WEST COAST DATES WITH FROM ASHES RISE

STRIKE ANYWHERE has triumphantly returned from their Australia tour and begins a west coast run of dates with FROM ASHES RISE today. All dates listed below subject to change. Please consult the Jade Tree Tour page for updates.

8/6-11 w/ From Ashes Rise, The Disaster

August
6: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe (Scholars Drive UCSD)
7: Playas de Tijuana @ Casa de la Coltura (777 del Agua Ave) w/ Bumbklaat
8: Corona, CA @ Showcase (683 S Main St)
9: Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St (924 Gilman St) w/ Jew Driver, They Live
10: Santa Cruz, CA @ Vet’s Hall Basement (846 Front St)
11: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)

Booking info: Do It Booking <a href=mailto:tyler@doitbooking.com>tyler@doitbooking.com</a>

<a href=’http://www.strikeanywhere.org’ onfocus=’this.blur();’ target=’_blank’>Official Strike Anywhere site</a>

STRIKE ANYWHERE “EXIT ENGLISH” LP/CD (JT1087) NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER

STRIKE ANYWHERE Exit English LP/CD (JT1087) is now available for preorder (Released on September 30). STRIKE ANYWHERE is currently on tour in Australia drumming up support for the upcoming release, before heading home for exclusive west coast only dates. All dates listed below subject to change. Please consult the Jade Tree Tour page for updates.

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2003

July
30: ACT @ Aree Bar
31: Melbourne @ Goo

AUGUST
1: Adelaide @ Enigma Bar
2: Melbourne @ Arthouse
3: Melbourne @ Shanty Town

Booking Info: [email]grahamn@austarmetro.com.au[/email]

8/6-11 w/ From Ashes Rise, The Disaster

August
6: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe (Scholars Drive UCSD)
7: Ojai, CA @ Ojai Women’s Club (411 E Ojai Ave)
8: Corona, CA @ Showcase (683 S Main St)
9: Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St (924 Gilman St) w/ Jew Driver, They Live
10: Santa Cruz, CA @ Vet’s Hall Basement (846 Front St)
11: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)

All Dates w/ The Bouncing Souls, Tsunami Bomb

September
24: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Laga (3609 Forbes Ave)
25: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Ave)
26: Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s (65 E Huron)
27: Chicago, IL @ Metro (3730 N Clark)
28: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (701 First Ave N)
30: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (935 E Coflax)

October
1: SLC, UT @ DV8 (115 S West Temple)
3: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
4: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
5: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (1332 East Burnside)
6: Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre (3522 Stockton Blvd)
7: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
8: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
9: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre (6126 Hollywood Blvd)
10: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)
11: San Diego, CA @ Soma (3350 Sports Arena Blvd)
12: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House (200 W Second Ave)
14: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues (3950 Las Vegas Blvd S)
15: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee (730 N Mill Ave)
17: Austin, TX @ Emo’s (603 Red River)
18: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (2706 White Oak Dr)
19: Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Hall (1401 W Intendencia St)
20: Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Cafe (200 N First St)
21: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues (1490 E Buena Vista Dr)
22: Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Club Venu (100 SW 3rd Ave)
23: Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade (1502 E 7th Ave)
24: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (695 N Avenue NE)
25: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (33 E Main St)
27: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (317 Monticello Ave)
28: State College, PA @ Crowbar (420 E College Ave)
29: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (204 N Water St)
30: Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom (15 Lansdowne St)

November
1: Washington, DC @ Nation (1015 Half St SE)

Booking info: Do It Booking [email]tyler@doitbooking.com
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STRIKE ANYWHERE TO SUPPORT BOUNCING SOULS ACROSS THE US

STRIKE ANYWHERE will spend several weeks touring behind their Exit English LP/CD (JT1087) album (Available for preorder July 29 / Released September 30), by supporting Epitaph’s Bouncing Souls across the US. All dates listed below subject to change. Please consult the Jade Tree Tour page for updates.

All Dates w/ The Bouncing Souls, Tsunami Bomb

September
24: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Laga (3609 Forbes Ave)
25: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Ave)
26: Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s (65 E Huron)
27: Chicago, IL @ Metro (3730 N Clark)
28: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (701 First Ave N)
30: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (935 E Coflax)

October
1: SLC, UT @ DV8 (115 S West Temple)
3: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
4: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
5: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (1332 East Burnside)
6: Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre (3522 Stockton Blvd)
7: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
8: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
10: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)
11: San Diego, CA @ Soma (3350 Sports Arena Blvd)
12: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House (200 W Second Ave)
15: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee (730 N Mill Ave)
17: Austin, TX @ Emo’s (603 Red River)
18: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (2706 White Oak Dr)
21: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues (1490 E Buena Vista Dr)
22: Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Club Venu (100 SW 3rd Ave)
23: Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade (1502 E 7th Ave)
24: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (695 N Avenue NE)
25: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (33 E Main St)
27: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (317 Monticello Ave)
28: State College, PA @ Crowbar (420 E College Ave)
29: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (204 N Water St)
30: Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom (15 Lansdowne St)

November
1: Washington, DC @ Nation (1015 Half St SE)

For further booking information: [EMAIL]doitbk@aol.com[/EMAIL]

STRIKE ANYWHERE BEGINS TOUR OF JAPAN & AUSTRALIA

STRIKE ANYWHERE has left the country! The band is just about to begin their first Japanese and Australian tours this month, rousing fans with a old favorites and new songs from their upcoming Exit English LP/CD (JT1087) album (Preorder July 29 / Released September 30). All dates listed below subject to change. Please consult the Jade Tree Tour page for updates.

JAPAN TOUR / AUSTRALIA 2003

July
11: Tokyo @ Shibuya Cyclone
12: Tokyo @ Shibuya Cyclone
13: Osaka @ Osaka Club Water
15: Hakkaido @ Sapporo Klub Counter Action
16: Kanagawa @ Sukosuka Pumpkin

Booking Info: Moto BMJ [email]moto@bigmouthjpn.com[/email]

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2003

JULY
23: Brisbane @ Mary St
24: Byron Bay @ Youth Centre
25: Newcastle @ Cambridge Hotel
26: Sydney @ Bar Broadway
27: Penrith @ Backdoor
30: ACT @ Aree Bar
31: Melbourne @ Goo

AUGUST
1: Adelaide @ Enigma Bar
2: Melbourne @ Arthouse
3: Melbourne @ Shanty Town

Booking Info: [email]grahamn@austarmetro.com.au[/email]

BACK IN THE STATES
8/6-11 w/ From Ashes Rise, The Disaster

August
6: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe (Scholars Drive UCSD)
7: Ojai, CA @ Ojai Women’s Club (411 E Ojai Ave)
8: Corona, CA @ Showcase (683 S Main St)
9: Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St (924 Gilman St) w/ Jew Driver, They Live
10: Santa Cruz, CA @ Vet’s Hall Basement (846 Front St)
11: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)
Booking info: [email]tyler@doitbooking.com[/email]

STRIKE ANYWHERE “EXIT ENGLISH” LP/CD (JT1087) RELEASE DATE & TRACK LISTING ANNOUNCED

STRIKE ANYWHERE has announced the track listing and release date for the band’s upcoming Exit English LP/CD (JT1087) album. The much-anticipated record will be available for preorder July 29 and released on September 30.

TRACK LISTING

1. We Amplify
2. Blaze
3. Infrared
4. To the World
5. New Architects
6. Lights Go Out
7. Fifth Estate
8. Modern Life
9. Aluminum Union
10. Extinguish
11. In the Fingernails
12. ‘Til Days Shall Be No More

Interview with Thomas of Strike Anywhere

Thomas, the lead singer of Strike Anywhere discusses the bands upcoming release, their affiliation with PETA and their desire to make a difference in the world.

Julia: I saw you guys back in June 2002 and I remember asking you when your new record was going to be coming out. Initially, you gave me a much earlier date than the current release date you have set, what made you push it back?

Thomas: Well, we ended up touring more than we thought we would and going to Europe again. After Europe, when we came back, we just took a lot of time writing the songs. I think us, and our label, and everybody involved didn’t want to rush out a record just to do it. So now we’ve been demoing and recording and we’ll have a new record out Sept. 30th, which actually, is exactly two years from when Change Is A Sound came out and back in the old days that was pretty soon for a punk band. Nowadays bands put out a record like once every eight months, it’s insane. We definitely can’t write like that, we don’t want to push ourselves to do that because we are afraid that it will affect our quality control and the sense of relevancy in our music, especially since the lyrics and the music have such a good relationship to each other and we need to reflect on how we’re feeling and what the present means to us. We didn’t want to make a record like Change Is A Sound again because we think that would be kind of shortsighted. There are all kinds of people that like us so we wanted to do something different.

Julia: So when you say something different do you mean in terms of sound or content?

Thomas: I’m not sure. Bands always think that they are making the most different, craziest shit ever, and then all the people that like their music say that it sounds just the same. So I think that it’s only different because it’s relevant to what’s happening now, and because of that fact the songs are darker, there’s more tension, and there’s a lot more aggression. But at the same time there’s also more hopefulness and more melody in some parts too. I’m not giving you a very good description, but I think that it will have a little more variety and address what’s happening now and where we’re at as people, as opposed to where we were in 2000 and 2001 when we wrote the songs on Change Is A Sound.

Julia: Regarding the state of the world at the moment, I pretty much feel that I know the answer to this question, but for the record, how do you feel about the situation in Iraq?

Thomas: We’re definitely not into it, and don’t feel that it represents the people at all. I think that even the people that are trying to back and support the effort, their resolve and their patriotism are being manipulated by George Bush and his cabinet. I’ve also noticed that some of the greatest slogans about ‘regime change starting at home’ and ‘peace being patriotic’ are really poignant and kind of show that ordinary, regular folks that weren’t even political people on the left or the right are realizing that this is about all the money moving upward from the people that produce it and all the resources being bled out of, not just this country, but any other country that we want to have an economic empire over. I think that everything in the headlines is just really disturbing and insane. Like the fact that even though Tony Blair, the British prime minister, who has been really supportive of the US despite the fact that he’s been kind of chastised by the world for how close he is to George Bush, has gently suggested that the UN have a strong presence in the rebuilding and reconstruction of Iraq and the peace process, George Bush has kind of just waved him away. And the idea that US corporations, particularly the ones that George Bush is allies with, will be able to just pick the bones of that country is insane! That’s what a lot of people, particularly radical peace activists, have been talking about for a long time and it’s actually starting to become an inevitable truth. I just think it’s really scary, these are really apocalyptic times and I think that older people, particularly the senior citizens who have seen war before, realize it. Like in Richmond, we had a peace march and a lot of these senior citizens and war veterans came out, I think that says so much that a lot of people don’t want to look at. A lot of people just want to stay isolated from having to have an opinion and that’s doing their own futures a disservice. That’s what a lot of our new songs are about and that’s how I feel about it.

Julia: Have you or other members of your band participated in any protests?

Thomas: We had one in Richmond on November 9th and we had a show the night before and a rally. We had a lot of speakers come and speak at the show, and a lot of kids at the show came to the march, even young folks from the suburbs who brought their parents. It was really intense. Richmond hasn’t had any kind of a march since like the civil rights marches, they might have had a small Vietnam march, but I’m not sure about that. There have been other really small marches like when George Bush (the first) and Bill Clinton had their presidential debate before the election, they came through Richmond and we had small marches, but not like a general strike of people from all walks of life. I mean, we had about 7,000 people at this protest, and that was incredible for Richmond. A lot of friends of ours have participated in marches in DC, and our drummer Eric has too in his home town, because we’re kind of all spread out up and down the East Coast. But it’s been amazing, we’ve just heard so much from people. I remember being up in Canada and hearing about the activism in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto and also seeing how understanding and cool everybody was up there instead of being completely angry at us for being Americans. It’s the same in Europe, and I think it’s kind of unprecedented that a lot of people understand, finally, that America and Americans are not just this united front of greed, selfishness and isolation. Part of this is because of the media, because there is so much coverage of these protests and because there is a lot of conflict, I’m sure the internet has a lot to do with it as well.

Julia: On the subject of Canada, I remember reading somewhere that your bass player is from Canada?

Thomas: He is actually

Julia: Apparently his Visa is expiring?

Thomas: It is expiring. Very soon actually, he needs to marry some American girl. He is a favorite though, so he’s got a lot of options. But seriously, I think he’s just going to reapply; he’s not really interested in American citizenship. His father is a Professor in Richmond so I think he’ll be able to get it. If not, maybe we’ll all move to Canada and be in Garth’s band, and we’ll only play Canadian shows or everywhere but the US.

Julia: No! You can’t do that!

Thomas: Yeah, I guess it would be a very strange thing.

Julia: Yeah, it would be. So how did your affiliation with PETA come about?

Thomas: Really, really naturally. The massive-mini head network of PETA, one of their primary locations is in Eastern Virginia, like Virginia Beach and Norfolk, and one of our good friends from the VA hardcore scene is their webmaster and one of their design directors. PETA has always been tabling at our shows and at punk shows in general. So I think they e-mailed us and said, "Hey, you’re touring, are you going to have booths?" because they would always allow us to take a lot of pamphlets and stuff with us and have a whole bin of free literature. So we said to them, "Well, we don’t have any literature right now, can you send us some literature?" and they just said, "Better yet, we’re just going to send a couple of people in every city to come and table at your shows." So we we’re like, "That’s great!" So all throughout the US and Canada we’ve had a PETA table strongly present at our shows. And in Richmond, and as well in DC and Philly, there’s other animal rights groups too that cooperate and share the space. There’s Vegan Action in Richmond, VA and there’s also The Fund for Animals in DC and Philly, and they do a lot of work. Like they’ll have videos and stuff like that, sometimes they’ll speak during the show. It’s really good and it’s something that we’ve all believed in for a really long time so it just feels really natural to have them with us.

Julia: So you do animal rights, and you obviously have an anti-war message, do you do anything on the environment?

Thomas: You know, it’s weird, because our band has definitely consumed our lives and we are just inspired by our friends who are more committed activists and have more time. Like a lot of times we’ll come home and people will tell us about the amazing shit that has happened and we’ll be like "Damn it, we were in Kansas!" You know? And it’s been like that for several years now. I only get a little bit of time now to work with the Coalition for the Living Wage that supports the rights of the working poor to have a living wage, in my hometown, Richmond, as well as the anti-war marches, and Food Not Bombs and things like that. The rest of my band-mates do what they can in their cities too, but at best we can just reflect the inspiration and maybe inspire others who are doing front lines work in the causes that we believe in. So as far as the environment, there was an Earth First group in Richmond like 12 years ago that I worked with, and some of the guys from Avail were in it too, it was really fun, but it kind of dissolved. On a more nationwide level, my wife is a conservation biologist and environmental educator so she is affiliated with a lot of different groups and does a lot of work. That’s kind of another reason why in our community we got involved with Animal Rescue because it’s sort of an extension of those groups. It’s an urban organization that promotes a respect for life and stray animals. There is a cycle that stems from children seeing how their families will abuse dogs or fight them for money, and then they’ll start to treat animals like that, and then treat each other like that. So we’ve done a lot of work with Animal Rescue, and we see that as kind of an animal rights issue, but also an environmental issue. Another thing that I guess kind of crosses over, but I’m not sure how you would classify this, is that we did a community garden in a blighted, urban area over the summer. We started it and then I went on tour for two months, and then we gave it to Food Not Bombs. It survived the drought that we had in the South and gave a lot of people some food, it also gave a lot of people some experience with putting their hands in the earth and getting out of the cycle of having to be so dependent on the shitty food that the working poor can only afford at urban ghetto grocery stores. This was like a way of having nutritious food, unfortunately it wasn’t organic because none of the abandoned lots in the city can be proved to be organic because of so many fires and things like that, but it was really good anyway. There were still some cabbages growing when I left for tour, right through the winter.

STRIKE ANYWHERE ANNOUNCES JAPAN/TAIWAN/AUSTRALIA SUMMER TOUR

STRIKE ANYWHERE has announced that the band is headed to Japan, Taiwan, and Australia for their first ever tour of those countries. With more than a month of combined dates, foreign fans will be seeing a lot of America’s premier melodic punk band. The band is currently in the studio working on their follow up to 2001′s Change is a Sound LP/CD (JT060). These dates are just a few of what is to follow once the band finishes recording in late May and gears up for a season of intense touring. All dates listed below subject to change. Please consult the Jade Tree Tour page for updates.

JAPAN TOUR 2003

JULY
11: Tokyo @ Shibuya Cyclone
12: Tokyo @ Shibuya Cyclone
13: Osaka @ Osaka Club Water
15: Hakkaido @ Sapporo Klub Counter Action
16: Kanagawa @ Sukosuka Pumpkin

Booking Info: Moto BMJ [EMAIL]moto@bigmouthjpn.com[/EMAIL]

Big Mouth Records

TAIWAN / FORMOZ FESTIVAL

JULY
19-21: Taipei @ Formoz Festival

Booking Info: [EMAIL]info@TRAmusic.com[/EMAIL]

Formoz Festival

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2003

JULY
23: Brisbane @ Mary St
24: Byron Bay @ Youth Centre
25: Newcastle @ Cambridge Hotel
26: Sydney @ Bar Broadway
27: Penrith @ Backdoor
30: ACT @ Green Room
31: Melbourne @ Goo

AUGUST
1: Adelaide @ Enigma Bar
2: Melbourne @ Arthouse
3: Melbourne @ Shanty Town

Booking Info: [EMAIL]grahamn@austarmetro.com.au[/EMAIL]

STRIKE ANYWHERE IN THE STUDIO

Starting today, STRIKE ANYWHERE begins tracking at Brian McTernan’s Salad Days studios in Maryland for the follow up to their hugely popular Change is a Sound LP/CD (JT060) album. The record, which is expected to be released in late summer 2003, will feature an expanded and more structured STRIKE ANYWHERE sound, while still containing all of the elements that make the band one of today’s best. More updates as they become available.

STRIKE ANYWHERE ON TOUR NOW

STRIKE ANYWHERE’S spring 2003 tour begins today. Do NOT miss this band live. Get out and dance up a storm for America’s best hardcore band. The pit just would not be the same without you! All dates below.

March- All Dates w/ The Exit

17: Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St) w/ Paint it Black
18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls (400 Lincoln Ave) w/ Whatever It Takes, Majority Rule
19: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop (1765 Coventry Rd) w/ Whatever It Takes
20: Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre (1063 Grant St) w/The Casualties, The Bouncing Souls
21: London, ON @ Call The Office (216 York St) w/ The Explosion
22: Toronto, ON @ The Kathedral (651 Queen St W) w/ The Explosion
23: Ottawa, ON @ Babylon (317 Bank St) w/ Miles Between Us, The Explosion
24: Montreal, PQ @ L’X (182 Ste-Catherine E) w/ The Explosion
25: Ouebec City, PQ @ L’Anti (725 D’Abraham) w/ The Explosion
26: Providence, RI @ Century Lounge (150 Chestnut St)
27: New York, NY @ Tribeca (16 Warren St) w/ Majority Rule
28: Bound Brook, NJ @ Hamilton St Cafe (22 Hamilton St) w/ Majority Rule
29: Washington, DC @ Black Cat (1811 14th St NW) w/ Majority Rule
30: Virginia Beach, VA @ Live (2118 Atlantic Ave) w/ Majority Rule
31: Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz (10 Walnut Alley) w/ Majority Rule

April
4: W. Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern (122 State St) w/ New Mexican Disaster Squad
5: Orlando, FL @ The Social (54 N Orange Ave) w/ New Mexican Disaster Squad
7: Pensacola, FL @ Room Ten26 (418 E Wright St w/ New Mexican Disaster Squad
8: Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9 (2237 Magnolia) w/ New Mexican Disaster Squad
9: Charlotte, NC @ Casbah (400 W Tremont Ave) w/ Big D and the Kids Table, New Mexican Disaster Squad
10: Blacksburg, VA @ Solar Haus (500 Harrell St) w/ New Mexican Disaster Squad
13: Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls (10339 Conant)
14: Chicago, IL @ Fireside Bowl (2646 W Fullerton)
15: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Ave) w/ The Explosion, AFI
16: Pittsburgh, PA @ Metropol (1650 Smallman St) w/ The Explosion, AFI
18: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall (1722 North High St) w/ The Explosion, AFI
19: St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights (914 North First St) w/ The Explosion, AFI

Booking info: [EMAIL]doitbk@aol.com [/EMAIL]