Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting this PropertyOfZack feature today with Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns. The band will be out on Warped Tour all summer long, so make sure to catch them there.
In this week’s feature, Jesse discusses his love for Propagandhi, how he came to find the band, his first experiences seeing the band live, and much more. Listen to songs by Propagandhi here and check out what Jesse had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns:
You know, it’s kind of ironic how I came across Propagandhi. As a kid, I always hung out with my older brother and his friends, much to his dismay. Kids my age were lame. The older kids skated, listened to punk, cussed and had pagers. They were cool. So anything they did, I did. I was skating with them one day in the sterile, hospital-like, 12-shades-of-beige community that is Rancho Santa Margarita in southern Orange County. I saw a faded sticker on the bottom of my brother’s friend’s skateboard that read “PROPAGANDHI.” Pretty sure it was homemade. Regardless, from then on, it was fucking on.
My brother took me to see them for the first time in 2001 at a venue called the Glasshouse. They were on tour with Avail. What a fucking show, right? Avail killed it, and even though I love that band, I was there for some of that Canadian-brand punk. They took the stage, and I head banged for their entire set. Even in between songs. I knew every word to every song. I knew every riff. Every drum fill. It was a spiritual experience. On the way home, my brother and I just sat in silence. The next morning, after the bus dropped me off at school, I just looked at everyone and thought to myself, “man, none of you mother fuckers even have a clue.” And I loved that. It was mine. All mine.
As I grew older, and I grew out of trends, Propagandhi stayed with me. Like a best friend. You see, when I was younger, singing along to every word that they wrote, my young mind couldn’t fully grasp the importance of what they were saying. So as I got older, I started understanding more of the message that they were conveying, and that’s when it started meaning something else to me – something on a whole new level. They helped me become a person that could stand on my own. They helped me learn that the way we treat animals is important. I’m vegan, and I can say it’s because of Propagandhi. They taught me that respecting other cultures is important and that in order to change anything you have to know the REAL history of your country. I learned more from my Propagandhi records than I ever did in school.
Mondays mean BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the PropertyOfZack feature today with Todd Kowalski of Propagandhi. The band just released their Failed States LP via Epitaph Records, so make sure to download the EP here. In this week’s feature, Todd Kowalski from the band dives into one of his largest influences, Ani Difranco. Todd does an incredible job describing how he found Difranco and what her music means to him and how it countered his metal and punk roots. Make sure to listen to great songs by Ani Difranco on Spotify here and check out what Todd had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Todd Kowalski of Propagandhi:
Close to 20 years ago, I was a young 19 year old metal and punk fan who was still waiting for my latent pubic hairs to grow. Despite my social ineptitude, I somehow ended up at a mildly well attended party put on by a young woman who was a friend of my friend.The house was full of pottery, smelled of incense, and a drone of uninteresting music lulled me into a stupor. As I stood there wishing I could try my hand at the potters wheel, the host got up and threw in a new tape. The guitar playing that came through the speakers really took me by surprise. The complex mixture of the accompanying vocals and lyrics were extremely unique, heartfelt and, from what I could pick out, actually seemed to have have a point and a lot of meaning. While enjoying that little segment of the party, I thought to myself “someday I’ll check this out.” The party eventually came to a close, I droozled out the door and went back to life as usual without even knowing who I was listening to.
A few months later my friend, Jimmy Juicepig, came home with a blank tape and put it in the tape deck. Lo and behold it was the same tape from the party! He said the singer was named Ani Difranco. Once again the manic riffs swept over me and the soul searching vocals perked my ears. When the melodies were tender and soft, I was tender and soft! When the music was frantic and wild, I was frantic and wild! It was sort of a strange moment for me since I truly never really enjoyed anything that wasn’t loud and heavy. This tape seemed different. It wasn’t poppy, it wasn’t made for radio or fashion, it wasn’t run of the mill folk music, it was just someone pouring their heart into their instrument, someone young like me but with musical skill beyond my comprehension.
Over the years I’ve been accompanied by Ani’s music on many long trips through the prairies, through the mountains, through the skies, and across the great and mighty seas. I can completely relate to the lyrics and the emotions she pours into the tunes. They helped me get through depressing times and joined me in good times.
Propagandhi have released a new song called “Duplicate Keys Icaro (An Interim Report).” Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this summer and fall and more are getting announced each week. Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, and the bolded dates are ones that were announced this past week. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
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Turnover, Citizen, Light Years [Now-08/07]
With The Punches|Forever Came Calling|State Champs [Now-08/11]
Warped Tour [Now-08/05]
You Blew It! [Now-07/28]
Cobra Starship [Now-10/07]
Second To Last, Bellweather [Now-07/28]
Right Away, Great Captain!, Casey Crescenzo [Now-08/19]
Forever The Sickest Kids, Plug In Stereo, Paradise Fears [Now-07/23]
Real Friends [Now-07/31]
The Cab, Parachute [Now-08/18]
Namesake, Allstar Weekend [Now-08/18]
Strung Out, Such Gold, Handguns [Now-08/14]
This Century, Austin Gibbs [07/25-08/26]
Dashboard Confessional [7/26-8/19]
Set It Off, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus [07/26-08/12]
Joyce Manor, Algernon Cadwallader [07/28-08/24]
Hostage Calm [08/07-08/15]
The All-American Rejects, Eve 6 [08/08-08/30]
I Call Fives [08/08-08/25]
The American Scene, Daybreaker [08/15-08/26]
Silverstein, Such Gold, Daytrader [08/16-08/26]
All Get Out, Harrison Hudson [08/16-08/30]
For The Foxes, Squid The Whale [8/17-8/26]
Turnover, Young Statues, PJ Bond [08/18-08/24]
Dead Sara, The Offspring [08/18-09/27]
Tallhart, Belle Histoire [8/21-9/01]
Vinnie Caruana, Matt Embree [08/22-09/09]
August Burns Red, The Color Morale [8/31-10/06]
Against Me!, Joyce Manor, Andrew Jackson Jihad [09/03-09/09]
Owl City [09/05-10/07]
Frank Turner [09/07-10/27]
Hot Water Music [09/07-10/03]
Strung Out, The Swellers, Such Gold [09/08-10/05]
Stray From The Path, Obey The Brave [9/10-9/26]
Ben Folds Five [09/13-10/05]
Circa Survive, Touché Amoré, Balance & Composure, O’Brother [09/13-10/26]
Minus The Bear, Cursive [09/13-11/17]
There For Tomorrow, Deaf Havana [09/14-10/07]
The Word Alive, Like Moths To Flames [09/18-09/26]
My Ticket Home, Palisades [09/21-09/30]
Propagandhi, Comeback Kid [9/25-10/11]
Tegan And Sara, The Black Keys [10/01-10/06]
Motion City Soundtrack, Now Now [10/10-11/18]
The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls [10/12-11/10]
As I Lay Dying, Trivium [10/15-11/18]
United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Sum 41 [Now-08/10]
Against Me! [Now-08/03]
Pure Love [Now-07/25]
Head Automatica [08/05-08/08]
Touché Amoré, Birds In Row [08/15-08/26]
Billy Talent [08/16-08/26]
Into It. Over It. [09/03-09/15]
Motion City Soundtrack [09/15-09/25]
The Maine, This Century [09/15-9/26]
The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms [09/19-10/09]
Joyce Manor, Apologies I Have None [09/21-09/28]
Now, Now [09/24-9/30]
Tonight Alive [09/26-10/09]
Jonny Craig [10/03-10/08]
Mayday Parade, The Summer Set [10/04-10/13]
The Gaslight Anthem [10/15-10/20]
Owl City [10/18-11/03]
The Xcerts, Young Guns [10/19-11/26]
Every Time I Die, Stray From The Path [10/24-11/17]
A Loss For Words, Save Your Breath [10/26-11/10]
The Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red [10/26-11/19]
A Skylit Drive [11/04-11/10]
The Used, Evanescence [11/05-11/09]
Bon Iver [11/08-11/12]
Parkway Drive, The Word Alive [11/13-12/01]
Ben Folds Five [11/23-12/05]
Miss May I [11/30-12/06]
Pennywise, The Menzingers, Sharks [08/23-08/29]
Texas In July [08/23-09/03]
Enter Shikari [09/20-09/23]
Defeater, Blacklisted [09/26-10/04]
The Ghost Inside, Architects [09/26-10/08]
Ben Folds Five [11/10-11/18]
Owl City [11/16-11/20]
- A young girl died at Warped Tour this past weekend.
- blink-182 cancelled their US tour in May due to Travis Barker have pre-cancerous esophagus lining from excessive drug use.
- The Starting Line announced a Say It Like You Mean It tour.
- Nate Ruess of fun. is writing with Ke$ha.
- Basement are going on an indefinite hiatus.
- Coheed And Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez is teaming up with Mark Wahlberg to produce his comic book into a film.
- Paramore finished tracking drums for their new album.
- The Maine are shooting a new music video and DVD.
- Ian Crawford is leaving Panic! At The Disco to make “real, genuine” music.
- We The Kings are filming a new DVD.
- Never Shout Never are mixing their new album.
- Ben Folds Five announced their first album in thirteen years.
- The Used will be headlining the 2013 Take Action Tour.
- Propagandhi announced a new album via Epitaph Records.
- LIGHTS is working on a new acoustic project.
- Ben Gibbard announced a solo album.
- Alkaline Trio are recording their new album in October.
- Coachella announced a cruise tour.
- Bring Me The Horizon are working on their new album in the studio.
- Rachel Taylor is looking into suing He Is We.
- All Time Low’s new album is officially complete.
- VersaEmerge will be releasing an EP on July 31st.
- Refused’s reunion is a “one-off type deal.”
- Coheed And Cambria are not releasing a double album.
- The AP Tour will be returning in the fall.
Propagandhi will be releasing Failed States via Epitaph Records on September 4th. Check out the artwork for the record below by clicking “Read More.”