Strike Anywhere performing live at the music festival "With justice we cure this nation", held in Taipei, Taiwan 2/28/2007.
|Origin||Richmond, Virginia, United States|
|Genres||Melodic hardcore, punk rock, hardcore punk, post hardcore|
|Labels||Jade Tree, Fat Wreck Chords, Bridge Nine|
|Past members||Matt Sherwood|
Strike Anywhere is a punk rock band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1999 after the demise of frontman Thomas Barnett's previous band, Inquisition, they took their name from the Inquisition song "Strike Anywhere". Their music is characterized by fast tempos, catchy melodies, and emotionally charged vocals delivered via shouting and singing. The band has received an increased amount of attention after their music appeared in 3 Tony Hawk video games: Tony Hawk's Underground in 2003 ("Refusal"), Tony Hawk's American Wasteland in 2005 ("Question the Answer"), and Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam ("The Promise"). They were also featured in the documentary Wake Up Screaming about the 2005 Vans Warped Tour. The band played their last show with guitarist Matt Sherwood in Auckland, New Zealand on March 17, 2007, with Mark Miller replacing Sherwood. Since then, the band has continued its regimen of international touring, including the group's first South American tour, where they played Brazil and Colombia. The band also did a European festival tour in Summer of 2008. Strike Anywhere is now signed with Bridge Nine Records, and in an interview, Barnett said "There's no celebrity culture, there's nothing but hard work and a love for art with Bridge 9."
Strike Anywhere lyrics touch on such issues as police brutality, anti-capitalism, women's rights, animal rights, and globalization. They have also contributed tracks to political benefit albums, such as a live version of "Sunset on 32nd" for 1157 Wheeler Avenue: A Memorial for Amadou Diallo and "To the World" for the Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 album. According to the liner notes for their album Change is a Sound, they support "the vegetarian lifestyle, the living wage movement and the fight against corporate globalization". With its 2006 release Dead FM, the band moved away from political slogans to address "more sociological ideas about why these (events) happen".
Their logo is similar to the Antifascist Circle and includes the logo of the former socialistic/antifashistic German Iron Front, a paramilitary organization which existed in the last years of the Weimar Republic.
Strike Anywhere generally allows audience members to record their live performances for personal, non-commercial use, and has gone so far as to authorize the Internet Archive to create a section where fans can upload and share their recordings.
- Thomas Barnett - vocals (1999-present)
- Matt Smith - guitar, vocals (1999-present)
- Garth Petrie - bass (1999-present)
- Eric Kane - drums (1999-present)
- Mark Miller - guitar, vocals (2007-present)
- Matt Sherwood - guitar, vocals (1999–2007)
- Change is a Sound (Jade Tree Records, 2001)
- Exit English (Jade Tree Records, 2003)
- Dead FM (Fat Wreck Chords, 2006)
- Iron Front (Bridge Nine Records, 2009)
- Chorus of One (Red Leader Records (CD)/No Idea Records (LP), 2000)
- Fat Club (Fat Wreck Chords, 2001)
- Underground Europe: The 1999 Demos (Scene Police, 2001)
- Iron Front EP (Bridge Nine Records 2009) - Digital EP
- Live at the Montage Music Hall (Bridge Nine Records, 2012)
- Live At Camden Underworld (2001, Split live album with As Friends Rust.)
- In Defiance of Empty Times (Bridge Nine Records (CD/LP), 2012, Acoustic live album)
- Underground Europe 2001 Genoa Benefit EP (Scene Police, 2001)
- 1157 Wheeler Avenue: A Memorial for Amadou Diallo (Failed Experiment, 2002)
- Broken Lamps and Hardcore Memories (Suburban Home Records, 2002)
- Punk Goes Acoustic (Fearless Records, 2003)
- Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 (Fat Wreck Chords, 2004)
- Take Action! Vol.6
- Keep Singing! A Benefit Compilation for Compassion Over Killing (2008)
- Count Me Out - Garth Petrie
- The Exploder - Eric Kane, Matt Smith
- Inquisition - Thomas Barnett
- Liars Academy - Matt Smith
- Senses Fail - Matt Smith
- Pygmy Lush - Eric Kane
- "Wake Up Screaming - Home". Wakeupscreamingmovie.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
- Jade Tree Records: Change is a Sound, accessed 23 October 2006
- Aversion.com: Getting Personal, by Matt Schild, accessed 23 October 2006
- Strike Anywhere collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
- "Strike Anywhere :: Dead FM - Records: Fat Wreck Chords". Fatwreck.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Strike Anywhere.|
- Official website
- Strike Anywhere on Myspace
- Official Facebook
- Official Twitter
- Strike Anywhere on iTunes
- Interview with Thomas Barnett (2008)
- Strike Anywhere interview
- Interview with Thomas & Dave from The Loved Ones
- Interview with Thomas Barnett
- Strike Anywhere - BandToBand.com
- Unofficial YouTube Channel