Just in case you were wondering when the perfect anti-trump tour was going to be announced – you know, a tour where you could go to find unity and strength with fellow showgoers but also release massive amounts of aggression – well, today is that day.
Just announced this morning, political punks Anti-Flag and hardcore movers and shakers Stray From The Path will be teaming up for the Silence = Violence Tour.
The co-headlining trek will kick off January 16th in Detroit and feature support from fellow disruptive noisemakers The White Noise and Sharptooth.
When asked about the upcoming tour and why it’s so important for these four bands to come together on the same bill, Anti-Flag shared a very important message saying:
The mission of the Trump regime has been clear from day one, the normalization of bigotry. Dangerous rhetoric has become dangerous policy that has put countless in harm’s way. It is the responsibility of all to be on the side of the marginalized and scapegoated and that is the goal of the aim of the Silence=Violence Tour.
No longer can we allow people to sit on the sidelines in the fight for social and economic justice. Inaction makes you complicit. If oppressed people demanding space and dignity in our society is what is making you uncomfortable, perhaps it is because you are a bigot or fascist? We must spread empathy, not apathy. Our aim is to do that at every show we play across the US.
Our society can maintain a status quo of violence and hatred, go back to masking that same hatred and violence in neoliberal wrapping paper, or forge a new society that is inclusive, egalitarian and just for all. It is our optimistic view, even in these dark times, that the latter is within reach.
Each band on this tour is predicated upon an ethic of caring about more than just themselves. To carve out a few hours in a day, in each city, where we can be comfortable in our own skin… free from racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, bigotry of any kind… this is not an opportunity that any of us tread upon lightly. We’re excited to throw these small celebrations of unity in hopes that it can leave all that attend with a sense of community and organization that will help fuel our collective ability to create positive change and leave things better than we found them.”
Tickets for this powerful, can’t miss tour go on sale tomorrow and can be found here. In the meantime, make sure to pre-order Anti-Flag’s forthcoming album Amercian Fall and pick up a copy of Stray From The Path’s Only Death Is Real here. For tour dates and locations, see below.
01/16 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
01/17 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
01/18 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
01/19 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
01/20 Denver, CO – The Summit
01/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
01/23 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
01/24 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
01/25 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
01/26 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
01/27 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
01/28 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
01/30 San Diego, CA – Soma
01/31 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
02/02 Austin, TX – Mohawk
02/03 Houston, TX – Walters
02/04 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
02/06 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
02/07 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
02/08 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
02/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
02/10 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
02/11 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom