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Iron Chic, La Armada

Sat · March 10, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 18 and over

Since forming in Manitoba in 1986, Propagandhi have brought an emphatic anti-fascist message to their music. Along with addressing a number of personal losses suffered in recent years, Victory Lap, the band's first full-length since 2012's Failed States, finds the band facing a landscape in which fascism is—among a certain crowd—suddenly trendy.

Victory Lap also marks Propagandhi’s first album with new guitarist Sulynn Hago, who joins Samolesky, frontman Chris Hannah, and bassist Todd Kowalski. Replacing longtime guitarist David Guillas (who appears on several tracks on Victory Lap), Hago was added to the lineup after Propagandhi put out a call for audition tapes and received over 400 responses
Iron Chic
Iron Chic
Iron Chic’s new record is two things: both the same as previous releases, and absolutely
incomparable to them. Due out on October 13, You Can’t Stay Here addresses the same big
questions that have plagued the Long Island punk group from their outset: anxiety, depression,
relationships, substance abuse, mortality, life, death, what it all means, why we’re forced to
experience them. But this album is punctured with grief and devastation; while these are all
familiar concepts, they’re relayed with an added desperation, and the claustrophobic,
inescapable reality of them. There’s no punchline, no immediate silver-lining.
Jason Lubrano, the band’s singer, is aware of the absence. “On the past records, we generally
try to throw in an optimistic note here and there. That might be the one thing that this record is
That pervasive darkness goes right back to the record’s title, a line from the song, “You Can’t
Stay Safe.” It’s a manifestation of a general anxiety, a permanent lack of peace. “No matter
what you do in this world, there's always some danger or something lurking there for you,”
Lubrano sighs. “Even when you kind of think you're okay, you might not be. That was just sort of
like a desperation there: you can't really be safe anywhere.”
It’s hard to not hear all of this as a product of the loss the band suffered in January 2016, when
Rob McAllister, Iron Chic’s founding guitarist, died unexpectedly. The band is still coming to
terms with McAllister’s passing. “I’ve dealt with loss before in my life,” Lubrano says. “I lost my
dad when I was 21, but he was sick and we kind of saw it coming, and I was able to process it in
that sense. Rob was a unique thing because it was one of the first times a close friend has died,
and someone my age.”
The loss of McAllister loomed over the creation of You Can’t Stay Here. “It does definitely
permeate all aspects of it,” Lubrano remarks. “It’s just hanging there.” Some of the tracks had
been written with McAllister, compounding the pain of his absence. Written and recorded in
guitarist Phil Douglas’ house, working on the record was a sort of coping mechanism for the
bandmates. “It definitely brought us closer on as friends to just have this to focus on and put our
energies into and help keep our minds off of things,” Lubrano explains. That utility is something
he wants to share: “I hope that translates and I hope that people can get a similar feeling from
Despite the subject matter, the band’s aptitude for unbridled anthemics is on full display here.
Flickering into life with a rising wave of distorted bar chords, “A Headache With Pictures” is a
crass, unabashed introduction, with throttling gang vocals and “whoa-oh!”s layered over
slashing guitars. The band’s self-production is evident and bracing; guitars are thick and
gnarled, immediate and relentless, while drums are taut and driving. Lubrano’s voice is more
earnest than ever, and when the collective comes in for the big sing-along choruses, it sounds
almost comforting; there’s still an indelible element of coldness to their choir of voices, but when
they sing out in unison, there’s a flicker of hope.

The grief scattered across the record is blunt and overwhelming. “Too fucking tired to bother to
dial the phone, I’m still mourning the life that I left behind,” Lubrano bellows on opener, “A
Headache With Pictures.” Later, he contemplates our existence: “It’s hard to be a human being.
How can we, when we’re not quite sure what being human means?” These aren’t dressed up,
flowery, or even terribly artistic. They feel conversational, like a page ripped from a diary. Most
diary entries go unshared; the strength in Iron Chic is that they share it all, in hopes that it might
help us.
“If it's a sense of feeling like somebody understands what they're going through, or just that
there's people who think the same way, or even if they ascribe some story to what they're
hearing and they can relate to it, that’s ultimately what makes me feel good,” Lubrano says.
Lubrano is worried there’s no bright note on You Can’t Stay Here, no reprieve from the
suffocating darkness (Although, as the dust settles on the album’s final moments, a
preprogrammed melody from an old Casio keyboard rings out. Lubrano chuckles, “Phil was like,
'Is this too goofy?' and I'm like, 'Nah, I think I like it.’ It kind of breaks the tension at the end”).
But the record is the bright note. The feverish admissions of anxiety, the blunt discussions of
mortality, the struggle to stay afloat in tar-thick clouds of depression; these are all dark, yes, but
the externalization of them, casting them into light and setting them to a fierce, determined
melody, is a cry for survival and perseverance. These are tributes to fortitude, not weakness.
Iron Chic has been through a hell of a fucking year. They’re still standing, and they made a
record together. That’s the bright note.
La Armada
La Armada
It’s incredible that La Armada is still around at all. Formed in the Dominican Republic, during two separate pseudo-democratic dictatorial governments, the idea of the band started with the need to denounce both government and catholic dogma that is the daily bread of Dominican society. Since their beginnings in the year 2000, La Armada has been taking things into their own hands with a no-nonsense approach to their craft. Their music showcases an unheard of mix of punk, hardcore, metal and native Caribbean rhythms that the band affectionately calls “Latino Hardcore Fury”.

Now in Chicago since 2007, La Armada has become a popular name in the city’s legendary Punk-Hardcore scene, packing basements and venues with people anxious to see their explosive live show. They have shared the stage, toured with and gained the respect of bands they grew up dreaming to one day see. Bands like Propagandhi, Tragedy, Strung Out, Pig Destroyer, Belvedere, Death By Stereo, Sick of it All and A Wilhelm Scream just to name a few.

La Armada is currently writing their next album (To be released on Bird Attack Records) and planning a tour of Europe around their performance in Slovenia’s Punk Rock Holiday.

Es incredible que La Armada aun existe como banda hoy en día. Formados en la República Dominicana en el año 2000, su historia es impresionante e trascendente. La agrupación comienza durante la transición de dos gobiernos pseudo-demócratas con la idea de denunciar la política corrupta y el dogma católico que aun plaga a la sociedad Dominicana donde nacieron. Su música es una mezcla de punk, hardcore, metal y ritmos caribeños que la banda auto-denomina “Latino Hardcore Fury”.

Desde el año 2007 la banda reside en los Estados Unidos, en la ciudad de Chicago donde se han convertido en un nombre reconocido en la escena Punk-Hardcore de esa ciudad y de todo el territorio de Estados Unidos debido a sus extensivas giras y su explosivas presentaciones en vivo. Han compartido la tarima y realizado giras extensas con bandas legendarias del genero como Propagandhi, Tragedy, Strung Out, Pig Destroyer, Belvedere, Death By Stereo, Sick of it All y A Wilhelm Scream, ganándose el respeto de cada una de ellas.

Actualmente, La Armada se encuentra escribiendo su proximo disco (Editado bajo el sello Bird Attack Records) y planeando una gira por Europa alrededor de su presentación en el festival Punk Rock Holiday.
Venue Information:
Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203