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Propagandhi

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Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada (1986 – present)

Propagandhi is a band formed in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada in 1986 by Chris Hannah and Jord Samolesky. While their earlier work draws from the punk and skate punk tradition, recent Propagandhi records have moved towards a heavier, hardcore thrash-influenced sound.

The band members are known for championing various political causes. They have taken an active stance against human rights violations, racism, homophobia, imperialism, fascism, capitalism and organized religion. The band supports vegan lifestyles, animal rights campaigns and feminism, and have described themselves as “Gay Positive”.

In 1986, Samolesky and Hannah recruited original bassist Scott Hopper via a “Progressive Thrash Band, bassist wanted” flyer they posted in a local record shop. Hopper was replaced around the turn of the decade by Mike Braumeister. This was the first lineup to perform live. After several demos and larger shows (including one with Fugazi) made a name for the band, Braumeister moved to Vancouver and a young musician with an inclination towards poetry named John K. Samson became the band’s third bassist. It was this lineup of Hannah, Samolesky and Samson that would go on to put out the band’s early albums and gain recognition outside of Canada.

In 1992, Propagandhi played a show with NoFX. Impressed by their performance, Fat Mike signed them to his independent record label Fat Wreck Chords and asked them to come to L.A. to record their debut album. ‘How To Clean Everything’ was released in 1993, musically, the album owed a lot to 90s skate punk, but there were still glimpses of the band’s ‘Progressive Thrash’ roots in some of the riffs.

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