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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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  • oldbullee

    i will listen to either on cd, mp3 or vinyl as long as its not with a person that claims one format is better than another

    14 Apr 7:33pm Reply
  • nopuppet

    propagandhi or weakerthans are best being listened to on vinyl

    30 Mar 2:51am Reply
  • BtBaM27

    decided to give them a go after listening to protest the hero for years, less talk more rock is fantastic but I still have to listen to the others. shame that potemkin city limits isn't on spotify though

    20 Feb 11:44pm Reply
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  • Bitard671

    мне понравки

    14 Feb 4:57pm Reply
  • musicmaniac7778

    Failed States is so amazing..these guys get better as they age!! wise they get better and better...everything but I still cant get enough of there first full Lengths but every album is amazing!! eh

    6 Feb 12:53pm Reply
  • paddypunx

    Oh yeah fuck!

    2 Feb 4:52pm Reply

    Propagandhi and Shai Hulud are very different bands. But listening to the new Shai Hulud album, followed by Failed States, shows some killer similarities.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bizon - new issue of ROCK AXXESS magazine. online, free and downloadable ;) most articles also in English. check it out guys and share please ;) this issue includes CJ Ramone, Propagandhi, Depeche Mode, Led Zeppelin (PL only), Vivienne Westwood, Liberace and more

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • haggard666

    Lambert RIP [2]

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • riquefc

    PCL is PURE genius. Lambert RIP !

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • haggard666

    I've seen them live four times and they were unbelievable every night.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Agree on Potemkin City Limits. No other band comes close to the genius of that record.

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • El_Dildos

    @wretched-one, what's wrong with their live shows? Living in Russia i can only imagine they would visit us. Heard they're awesome live. One of my favorite bands, i've been listening to them for 10 years already. Hope someday i would see them live.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • wretched-one

    I was so looking forward to seeing them but when I did I wished I had stayed at home! I still dig that first album though

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • insane81

    @spazfatloud, exactly! Best record ever made, nothing is even close to its brilliance! =)

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • spazfatloud

    Potekim City Limits is the best punk record i ever heard... absolute tragedy it's so underrated

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Glad you manage to catch them! I thought the set was a bit 'Failed States' heavy and I haven't been able to get into that record yet; it's just too damn heavy! That said; fantastic to catch them live and they played Coach's Corner and Motor League so win-win.

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • insane81

    Absolutely fantastic live in Vienna on the 25th! =)

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MaxIsBored

    So sad they didn't stop their tour through Prague :(

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
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