Cana­dian punks un­leash their man­i­festo on a boat

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives - MISCHA PEARLMAN

■ “Thanks for com­ing here to this very strange event,” an­nounces Propagandhi’s Chris Han­nah as the floor moves be­neath the feet of a packed crowd. Strange, for tonight’s gig takes place on a three-hour cruise around New York. It’s an in­con­gru­ous place for a punk show, but once on­board it feels to­tally nor­mal. Al­most as soon as the boat leaves, open­ers Iron Chic’s gruff melodies kick off pro­ceed­ings. And while Time Keeps On Slip­ping Into The (Cos­mic) Fu­ture is a ju­bi­lant burst of eu­phoric, emo­tional punk, even the sor­row­ful dirge of Ru­inous Calamity feels buoy­ant on the waves. Things get much more hec­tic for Propagandhi’s head­line set, though. Their ridicu­lously im­pres­sive riffs and sing-along cho­ruses whip the pit into a frenzy, the in­ten­sity of which is off­set only by the hi­lar­i­ous and awk­ward ban­ter be­tween Chris and bassist/vo­cal­ist Todd Kowal­ski. Whether cere­bral (Dear Coach’s Cor­ner, Back To The Mo­tor League) or more di­rect (Fuck The Border), their songs in­spire a hope and sol­i­dar­ity that lasts long after the ship has re­turned to land.

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