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Core - May 30, 2012

I went along to the Melbourne leg of the Anti-Flag (pictured), Strike Anywhere, Flatliners tour on the weekend. It’s a fair feat to get me off the goddamn couch on a wintery Sunday night but I can safely say that it was worth it. Watching Strike Anywhere again actually got me excited about music with a message. In a most unexpected twist, instead of rolling my eyes at their politically-charged lyrics I actually felt inspired, and wondered why bands don’t really embrace their position of privilege by spreading worthy messages anymore. Touring bands of that stature have the most excellent opportunity to spread great messages as they tour the world. More effective than any shitty politician, they’re already beloved and trusted by their fans, and if they manage to push a couple of different issues in their fast paced catchy music, I think they can genuinely make a difference. What fat shmuck politician wouldn’t give their right arm to get in front of young, impassioned people and inspire change in the form of fantastic music? It seems a bit of a bummer to me that not enough bands are taking advantage of their reach these days. I wouldn’t mind seeing a few more political and societal issues discussed at shows.  Is that expecting too much from punk rock, or is that the kind of ethos that punk was based on in the first place. Fuck who knows, I left early because Anti-Flag were too loud and they were hurting my ears. Shows how old I am.

Canadian pop maestros Billy Talent (pictured) are coming back this August for a quick run of East Coast shows. It’s their first visit since drummer Aaron had open heart surgery, so be gentle on them when they play at Billboards on Thursday August 12. Tickets on sale this Friday.


The Poison City Records Weekender is really heating up a rather average winter. 3-day pass tickets totally sold out in just 20 minutes on Monday, so you better get in quick to buy tickets for individual shows. Full lineups are available now for shows at The Tote, Corner Hotel and The Liberty Social.


A Melbourne benefit show for Blackie from the Hard-Ons has been announced. On Sunday June 10 Conation, Useless Children, Counterattack, White walls, Daddy Long Legs and Tyrannamen will play one huge show at The Gasometer.


Details on the next Ska Weekender have been released, and festivities kick off in just a couple of weeks. Saturday June 9 sees Area 7, Dan Potthast, The Bennies, God God Dammit Dammit kickin' out ska jams at the Evelyn Hotel. Tickets available now at moshtix.


If you caught The Flatliners last weekend and liked what you heard, the band will return to Melbourne in a couple of weeks to play their own headlining set at The Gasometer. Catch them on Saturday June 9 with locals The Gun Runners, Cavalcade and Strickland.