Propagandhi / Hiretsukan / GFK

Propagandhi / Hiretsukan / GFK: live in Denverlive in Denver (2007)
Fat Wreck Chords

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: TheProblemWithFireTheProblemWithFire
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Having been roughly six years since the last time Propagandhi played in Denver, and more than 10 years since the infamous VFW hall incident, it's no surprise that this show was sold out. Outside the venue people pleaded for tickets, some reminisced about their arrest at the VFW hall show, and local .

Having been roughly six years since the last time Propagandhi played in Denver, and more than 10 years since the infamous VFW hall incident, it's no surprise that this show was sold out. Outside the venue people pleaded for tickets, some reminisced about their arrest at the VFW hall show, and local author / activist / Colorado University professor Ward Churchill showed up.

The Marquis itself is one of the better venues in Denver for smaller shows, with a modest wooden floor space, no stage barriers and a four-foot stage roughly the size of an average person's bedroom set in the corner of the room.

I caught the tail end of GFK's very metalcore set, which despite what little patience I had that night for opening bands, was enjoyable. They were very energetic and seemed to be enjoying themselves. The singer shouted over fast guitars and double-bass, the set rarely, if ever, deviating from that formula. Fortunately the band didn't slip into any breakdowns or clean-sung choruses, something a lot of bands playing this style of music tend to do. Todd the Rodd was in the crowd banging his head for almost the entire set.

Hiretsukan played next in what was an awkward set that seemed cut very short. I assumed by the vocalist's pained expressions and excessive water drinking that she was sick. They played short and fast songs with a post-hardcore vibe to them. The female vocalist has a high, piercing scream and gave explanations of some of the songs. I was interested in her song explanations and their political/social nature; however, the majority of the audience just talked over her loudly. They finished their short set and the Propagandhi chants started.

After what was quite a long wait (too long for a punk band, the guy next to me kept shouting) Propagandhi took the stage and tore into the first two tracks off Potemkin City Limits. The crowd was crazy throughout the entire set with numerous stage dives and crowd surfing. Hannah pulled off the vocalist / lead guitar duties flawlessly (even when nearly knocked over by a crowd surfer or sharing his mic with a fan who obviously didn't know the lyrics). The Rodd was a machine, moving and thrashing all around the stage. Jord spoke occasionally between songs and the Beave said nothing. In fact, he appeared to have the same expression on his face the entire set. At least two songs or more from every release were played, the emphasis of it on Potemkin and Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes material.

The band did very little speaking in between songs, outside of taking shots at MxPx and making various political or social comments. Nothing came off preachy and Hannah and Todd were both very funny and entertaining to watch. After a good hour or so they left the stage and quickly returned to finish off with a three-song encore. They thanked everyone, told us to get off MySpace, read books, and go and do something positive that you believe in.

This tour may be over with by the time this review gets published but I highly recommend seeing Propagandhi if you haven't yet. Good energy and a positive band sticking to their political guns more than most that I can think of. And who knows, it could be another few years before they tour again.

Set list (in order of songs played, as best as I can remember):

  1. A Speculative Fiction
  2. Fixed Frequencies
  3. Fuck the Border
  4. Iteration
  5. Rock for Sustainable Capitalism
  6. Less Talk, More Rock
  7. And We Thought That Nation Statesā?¦
  8. Bringer of Greater Things
  9. Mate Ka Moris Ukun Rasik An
  10. Stick the Fucking Flagā?¦
  11. The Only Good Fascistā?¦
  12. Rio de San Atlanta, Manitoba
  13. Back to the Motor League
  14. Haillee Sallasse, Up Your Ass
  15. Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
  16. Life at Disconnect
  17. A People's History of the World
  18. Purina Hall of Fame

  19. Encore:
  20. Die Jugend Marschiet
  21. With Friends Like Theseā?¦
  22. Superbowl Patriot XXXVI


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Anonymous (June 10, 2007)

How to clean everything is NOT the best propagandhi album douche bag(s). the only way i can see anyone having that opinion is if you're 13 and just got into fat-style skatepunk. get over it.

mclz (June 7, 2007)

even though its their best release im suprised they played 1 how to clean everything song....why cant they come to jersey/new york

Anonymous (June 7, 2007)

I don't know, you'd have to ask them. I've never once heard or read of Prop calling any band a "sell out" or not "punk" enough. Maybe you could e-mail them for a specific answer. At least they're saying what the believe in and not kissing any one's asses.

Anonymous (June 7, 2007)

so according to Propagandhi, any band who has played on Warped Tour (which is sponsored by many different corporations, not just one) is a sellout and not punx

BTown (June 6, 2007)

Thats the same set list as when they played St Louis.
Todd was awesome, they seemed to have more fun than any other band I've seen play before.

The opening acts didn't impress me but Gandhi was great.

fallingupwards84 (June 6, 2007)

why do they continually refuse to play Anti-Manifesto

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

The Milwaukee show was also great

TheProblemWithFire (June 5, 2007)

yeah, like that guy below me said--Prop ripped on MxPx for doing a tour sponsored by white castle burgers. They started off by telling everyone that they were going to be sponsored by McDonalds now, "if you can't beat them, you might as well join them." Then they made a comment about how it's not unusual for punk rock bands to be sponsored by big companies anymore.

Enemy_Will (June 5, 2007)

I can't believe Propaghandi was supposed to play a show with the Nobodys in 96'. Wierd.

ashtraymonument (June 5, 2007)

this show was fucking amazing. the second i saw it announced in the onion at 1am i bought tickets. GFK actually had one breakdown in a song.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

They roasted MxPx for being on a White Castle sponsored tour.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

Jesus, that setlist is orgasm-inducing.

red_eye_inc (June 5, 2007)

I saw this show in Chicago and it was every bit as great as you say yours was.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

what did they say about MXPX?

johnnydanger (June 5, 2007)

east coast, please, east coast

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

i hope they come back to australia. chances are slim methinks. ah well.

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