Founding members Chris Hannah and Jordan Samolesky are also founding members of the G7 Welcoming Committee, which to date has released over 50 records including seminal recordings by the (International) Noise Conspiracy, warsawpack, Subhumans, I Spy, Submission Hold, Swallowing Shit, Giant Sons, The Rebel Spell and spoken word releases by Noam Chomsky, Ann Hansen and Ward Churchill.
In 1997 Propagandhi recruited The Rod from a band called I SPY. Propagandhi and I SPY had previously toured Western Canada, and released a split 10′ record together.
The band released 4 records on the American label Fat Wreck Chords until 2005 when its relationship with the label began to sour over its CEO’s highly-publicized campaign to ensure that Democratic Party got a turn to totally rape and plunder the planet in the service of corporate power.
Feeling a little too much a part of the scenery, the band pulled a Peter Gabriel and stepped right out of the machinery for much of 2005, focusing band energy on volunteering and fundraising projects for groups such as Sage House, Sisters in Spirit, Middle East Children’s Alliance, the Grassy Narrows Blockade, the Sea Shepherd Society, the Canada-Haiti Action Network and Welcome Place.
In 2006, the band became a 4-piece for the first time 20 years, adding David “Beaver” Guillas to the fold, whose previous posts included masterminding the legendary, meditative, experimental instrumental trio, Giant Sons, who Hannah described as “the best band in Winnipeg since I Spy called it a day”.
In 2006, the band were nominated for — and actually somehow won — the inaugural ECHO Songwriting Prize for the song “A Speculative Fiction”, from the album Potemkin City Limits. The band responded, “awards are like hemorroids: eventually every asshole gets one” and promptly donated the award money to the Canada-Haiti Action Network (a pro-democracy, anti-imperialist project) and the Welcome Place (a refugee support agency in central Winnipeg).
In 2007, Hannah was voted one of the Worst Canadians in History by a journal published by Canada’s National History Society. He actually beat out current Canadian prime-minister/ living jack-ass Stephen Harper and notorious serial-killer Paul Bernardo. Hannah demanded a recount when it was announced he came in 2nd to former Prime Minister (and current dead guy) Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
In 2008, Chris went on sabbatical from G7 Welcoming Committee Records, meaning that for the first time in 11 years, Propagandhi would receive the undivided attention and energy the band felt the project deserved. Nine months later the band completed their 5th full-length album entitled “Supporting Caste”, a 50,000 watt no-holds-barred, forward-thinking tip-of-the-hat to the giants — Voivod, Rush, NoMeansNo, SNFU, Sacrifice, Razor, Guilt Parade — that have gone before them.
In 2009, stoked beyond reason with their new tunes and line-up, Propagandhi plan to tour more than they have in their entire history with the express purpose of maligning the prevailing order(s). They are currently practicing the art of cannibalism and will soon release a cookbook of finger-licking recipes.
Yes, we have friends. Ok, *internet* friends. – hello my european neighbors! while you're waiting for us to come back over there, why not go check out our buds The Rebel Spell who are currently driving around your continent being the best currently existing punk band from Canada that isn't us. Haha. Check out these tour dates and go support them. Tell them Chris sent you. Each time they hear that, they owe me a beer.
2nd Leg: Remaining UK Dates
Nov 6 - Bristol @ The Red Lion w/ Kilnaboy
Nov 7 - Derby @ The Hairy Dog
Nov 8 - Sheffield @ Riverside w/ The Restarts
Nov 9 - Leeds @ Temple of Doom w/ The Restarts
Nov 10 - London @ Grosvenor (Stockwell) w/ The Restarts
3rd Leg (France/Holland w/ Antillectual)
Nov 13 - Paris @ La Miroiterie
Nov 14 - Schwäbisch Gmünd @ Esperanza
Nov 15 - Dijon @ Deep Inside
Nov 16 - Blois @ Bureau Blois
Nov 17 - Lille @ L'Imposture
4th Leg (Germany w/ Spanner)
Nov 18 - TBA! Coming soon!
Nov 19 - Hamburg @ Gängeviertel
Nov 20 - Potsdam @ Black Fleck
Nov 21 - Dresdan @ Jugendtanz
Nov 22 - Giessen @ AK44
Nov 23 - Düsseldorf @ Linkes Centrum
Also, another internet buddy of ours, Jamie Kilstein, has a new comedy record out. He's a funny guy. A vegan, pro-feminist, jiu-jitsu loving, tyranny-hating funny guy. Check it out. I don't think he'll buy me beers though. sad face.
(11/07/13 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Failed States Tab Book Coming Soon – And this time with lyrics! Check it out here.
(10/05/12 by The Rod #)
Yekaterina Samutsevich: Closing Statement at the Pussy Riot Trial. – "I now have mixed feelings about this trial. On the one hand, we now expect a guilty verdict. Compared to the judicial machine, we are nobodies, and we have lost. On the other hand, we have won. Now the whole world sees that the criminal case against us has been fabricated."
See Yekaterina's full statement here. (08/09/12 by The Rod #)
Escape Velocity Radio – You really need to hear the interview Todd and I did with Anishinabe journalist/ hip-hop artist Wab Kinew that appears on Escape Velocity Radio, a new podcast featuring me, Chris Hannah, as your host! Oh, it also features Derek Hogue as a co-host but no one cares about him or what he thinks. (08/09/12 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Support Russian Band PUSSY RIOT! – freepussyriot.org is a website to support Russian feminist performance art group, Pussy Riot. Three members of the group are being held in a Russian jail under completely inhumane conditions. They face 7 years in jail for a 1-minute performancein a priests-only section of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The song they performed is a critique of the relationship between the Russian government and the Catholic Church of Russia. Apparently special treatment for the church is of more importance than freedom, humanity and justice. (08/01/12 by The Rod #)
Vegan Outreach VO is working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of illustrated booklets: Why Vegan, Even If You Like Meat, and Try Vegetarian.
Kent Monkman We used Kent’s painting “The Triumph of Mischief” for the cover of “Supporting Caste”.
Electronic Intifada The Electronic Intifada will equip you to challenge myth, distortion and spin in the media in an informed way, enabling you to effect positive changes in media coverage of the Palestinians and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Democracy Now! Democracy Now! is a national, listener-sponsored public radio and TV show committed to bringing the voices of the marginalized to the airwaves on issues ranging from the global to the local.
Z Magazine/Z-Net An incredible web-site and resource for anyone interested in investigating, discussing and/ or taking up the struggle for radical social change. A must-see. The best source of progressive ideas and activism i am aware of. GO NOW.