After a 33 year hiatus, legendary Boston punk rock band The Proletariat has decided to reunite for a few select shows . Original members Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua and Tom McKnight will be joined by guitarist Dan Sanders(from the Providence band Idle Rich) and will reunite for a series of shows in Fall 16. The reunion comes on the heels of the vinyl rerelease of the bands groundbreaking debut “Soma Holiday” on SS Records.
Inspired by The Buzzcocks, The Jam, PiL, and Wire, the young band was to tap into the high energy hardcore punk swirling around them and infuse it with art-punk excitement. By the time that their classic debut, Soma Holiday, hit The Proletariat were being referred to as America's Gang of Four and a more supercharged Pop Group. And they were that but more. The intelligent anger of the band was a lifeline to many suburban American rejects, young people who knew that life under Reagan wasn't right.
Two years later, The Proletariat recorded their second and last album Indifference, a viceral reaction to the United States’ homeless crisis, just as great as the classic Soma Holiday, but too often overlooked. During this time the band underwent a line up changed and then called it quits. During their time they received a lot of praise and plenty of shit and played with a who's who of rock & roll (Black Flag, Johnny Thunders, The Lyres, Bad Brains, Flipper, Richard Hell, SS Decontrol, etc.). Today they are considered one of the great American rock & roll bands of the time and one of the most influential punk band of their era.
Stefan Christensen & Friends
Since the demise of long-running New Haven punk outfit Estrogen Highs, the bands' leader, Stefan Christensen, has stayed busy with an outpouring of solo recording. Incorporating influences ranging from Xpressway/Precious Metal Records artists like The Dead C, Gate, Alastair Galbraith, and Peter Jefferies, the UK DIY scene, Ohio weirdo and outsider punks, and the Twisted Village contingent, and always tinging it with his own personal brand of song writing and noise making, to create sounds that drive forward, despite their keen observance of the past. With songs ranging from 40 second damaged acoustics to 20 minute freakout noise jams, the exact sound is hard to peg down. The live shows see Stefan solo or joined by 'Friends,' a revolving door of New Haven noise makers, who create often lengthy free form rock music. Stefan's first solo cassette was recently reissued by Minneapolis' Night People Records, and two upcoming releases on Buffalo's the Loki Label loom just around the corner, with even more coming down the line on the newly minted C/Site Recordings.
New project from members of Worn Leather and Spit Take