Monday, June 17, 2013

Song Of The Week: 6/16/13

Song: "To The World"

Artist: Strike Anywhere

Album: "Exit English"

Year: 2003

"To The World" is a song that appears to be about supporting the world's humanity over the rules of a particular nation or government. It definitely calls for the uplifting of human beings, of all walks, races, colors, etc over the rules and laws of one country. It's the support of globalism over nationalism. Strike Anywhere formed as a band back in 1999, hailing from Richmond, Virginia. The band dropped it's first EP called "Chorus Of One" in 2000. The band caught the ear of Jade Tree Records who released the band's first full length album, "Change Is A Sound". In 2003, the band released their second album, "Exit English". Strike Anywhere began to gain a boost in their popularity around this time thanks in part to contributing the songs "Refusal", "Question The Answer" and "The Promise" to three different Tony Hawk video games. In 2005, the band released a rarities compilation called "To Live In Discontent". This album featured several b-sides and unreleased tracks as well as the now out of print "Chorus Of One" EP. Strike Anywhere was also featured in the punk documentary "Wake Up Screaming" which was about the 2005 Vans Warped Tour. In 2006, the band signed with legendary punk label Fat Wreck Chords and released "Dead FM", their third full length album. By 2009, the band parted ways with Fat Wreck and hooked up with Bridge 9 Records for the release of "Iron Front". 2012 saw the band release a live acoustic album, "In Defiance Of Empty Times", which featured recordings from two different shows. Strike Anywhere is a band that likes to perform globally, and in addition to several tours in the U.S., they have also performed shows in Europe, New Zealand, Brazil and Columbia. They perform a brand of punk rock whose lyrical themes focus on several political and social issues including police brutality, anti-capitalism, women's rights, animal rights and globalization. Their sound and style can often be compared to bands such as Rise Against and Anti-Flag and their message is not that dissimilar to either of those bands. Currently, though there has been no word as of yet that Strike Anywhere are working on a new album, the band is a very workman-like band and are constantly touring and playing shows. They are enjoying their time working with Bridge 9 Records, who have also released a few live albums and dvd's to go along with "Iron Front" and "In Defiance Of Empty Times".

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