Black Flag is headed out on the road again for a five day excursion in early December 2019 and a full month run starting in early January-February 2020. Once again, they’re taking out Arizona based hardcore band The Linecutters to accompany them on every show of the tour. Some of the dates include The Roxy on Dec. 7, 2019, and Slim’s, in San Francisco on Dec. 8, 2019. The tickets for both events are nearly sold out. Tickets for the upcoming 2020 tour are also available.
During August and September, the bands went on a national tour, playing 42 dates. Black Flag took a risk with the Linecutters, a up and coming band who had never gigged for so many dates straight through. But after several weeks of shows, Black Flag were impressed with the consistent ferocity of The Linecutters performances and asked them to join them on their sister tour at the beginning of 2020 as well. The Linecutters are signed to Slope Records, an Arizona label that has made a name for itself in the last few years, growing into a nationally operating machine, with deep roots in the DIY community.
The Linecutters have been performing their intensely off kilter brand of hardcore in the Arizona area since 2013. Guitarist Marceliano Festa (22) and Bassist Jett Smith (22) share the vocals on stage, switching between lead and backup from song to song while bringing a raw and animalistic presence to the shows. Screaming at you about feelings of dissent and isolation through a wall of frantic guitars. Kaz McClain (21) is on the kit and he is an undeniable force to behold. A never ending frenzy of drum hits taken human form. When the Linecutters take the stage, it’s hard to take your eyes off of them until they’re done.
As most Black Flag fans know, Greg Ginn is the guitarist, primary songwriter, and only
consistent member of the group over the years. He has served as the baseline for a sprawling collaboration of talented performers and musicians that have all shared the stage under the Black Flag name. Beginning in 1976, in Hermosa Beach, California, Black Flag layed the groundwork for all of hardcore and skate culture to come through the years. Vocalist Mike Vallely can attest to that, as a long time professional skater and fan of Black Flag at a young age.
Thomas Lopez, founder of Slope records, stays true to the DIY ethics that Black Flag helped engrain into the punk community. Always willing to get his hands dirty and work hard to assure his label and artists never stagnate.
“We’re never going to sit around and just wait for the next big thing,” said Lopez, “We’re going to be right in the middle of the action, making noise and above all having fun.”
The coming January-February is shaping up to be another successful and powerful string of shows for Black Flag and The Linecutters. 2020 tour dates TBA.
December 2019 Tour dates listed below:
12.04.19 HERMOSA BEACH, CA ☞ SAINT ROCKE
12.05.19 SAN DIEGO, CA ☞ HOUSE OF BLUES
12.06.19 HERMOSA BEACH, CA ☞ SAINT ROCKE
12.07.19 W. HOLLYWOOD, CA ☞ THE ROXY
12.08.19 SAN FRANCISCO, CA ☞ SLIM’S