White Flag (band)

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White Flag
Origin Inland Empire, California, United States
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1982–present
Website [1]
Members Jello B. Afro
Mike Mess
Trace Element
Past members See below

White Flag is an American punk rock band currently based in Los Angeles. Their current lineup consists of frontman Mike Mess (guitar), Jello B. Afro (bass), and Trace Element (drums). All of these members have been in the band since 1982, though many have rotated in and out. White Flag has an extensive discography that ranges from their 1982 debut R is for Rocket to 2010's Benefit For Cats.


White Flag formed in 1982 in Sunnymead, an unincorporated area of California's Inland Empire now called Moreno Valley. They played their first shows that year (the second and third of which were later included on their "S Is For Space – 25th Anniversary De Luxe Edition"). Their name is to be considered a parody on punk rock elitism. Hence the members' names, resembling Jello Biafra, Mike Ness and Pat Smear, each a veteran in the punk scene in their own right. The band recorded two albums that year, "R is for Rocket" and "S is for Space", the latter of which was released in 1983. After playing numerous shows around California, the band toured Europe for their first time in 1986, and released a Live E.P. from that tour titled "Bleedin' in Sweden".

In 2006 White Flag toured in Italy for the first time. As a souvenir of the group's first visit, they band released a limited edition, hand numbered 8 song 10" vinyl album, on Roma based RARO! Records, entitled "Piangi Con Me", which is now out of print.

In 2008, the band toured Europe twice, first in March (Germany and Netherlands), and then in June–July they did 23 gigs, including 2 with NOFX and The Adolescents. Some rare gigs in the U.S. with The Germs and Adolescents followed.

In May 2010 the band released the 7" e.p. "Keepers of The Purple Twilight" on Target Earth Records limited to 300 copies. 2010 also saw the release of "Benefit For Cats" on Cupcake Records.

In 2011 Strange Magic Records released White Flag and Tony Adolescent's "Live At Bohemian Grove / White Flag & Tony" 7" EP. That same year the band, who were big fans of 70's seminal punk group The Runaways contributed the track "C'mon" to the controversial tribute album "Take It Or Leave It: A Tribute To The Original Queens of Noise: The Runaways". The song featured Michael Lee Smith, lead singer of the band Starz on lead vocals.

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The current line-up featured on the July 2010 vinyl only release "Benefit For Cats" will be performing their first ever Midwest live shows in July 2010, with exclusives shows in Detroit, Cleveland, and Chicago, on July 15,16, and 17 respectively. These shows will be record release parties for the new album, as well as the Russian release limited edition 7" e.p. "Two Pack", which is limited to only 100 copies, and is a split release with Russian band Citramons.

Pat Fear died on September 24, 2013.[2]


Current lineup[edit]

Other members[edit]


White Flag has a large discography this is an incomplete list:

Studio albums[edit]

Eps and 7"s[edit]


Compilation albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Albums contributed to[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "MUSIC: White Flag’s Bill Bartell (Pat Fear) has died". Blog.pe.com. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  3. ^ "R.I.P. Bill Bartell of White Flag – The Punk Vault". Punkvinyl.com. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  4. ^ "» RIP, Bill Bartell (September 24, 2013) AKA Pat Fear of White Flag The Music's Over". Themusicsover.com. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 

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