Chicago punks Raicetraitor are back to tackle the horrible state of current events right now and lack of focus in anarchic discourse. Heck, just the other day a prominent indie venue I know hosting an anti gun violence rally got a threatening flier sent calling them ‘race traitors’ and ‘socialist pos’ and included other slurs against homosexuals, so the irony of the band Racetraitor bouncing their name back in the face against fascist or alt right scum still packs a punch.
The band’s first show in nearly twenty years is set for the International Day of Action Against Police Brutality, October 22nd, 2016, where fellow nineties hardcore veterans, Detroit-based Earthmover, will join RACETRAITOR at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago.
A brand new track “By The Time I Get To Pennsylvania” will see release online and on a flexi disc via Organized Crime Records, together with a new recording of an early demo, “Damaged.”
“We had discussed playing a show or doing something else over the years, but nostalgia was never all that motivating, so the idea died,” explains drummer Andy Hurley. “But with everything happening in the past couple of years, from the way things heated up in Ferguson, Missouri, to the rise in xenophobia and bigotry reflected by the popularity of Donald Trump, making new music with RACETRAITOR felt important again.”
“We needed to respond to this moment in history in our own way.”