Southern Lord Signs Harley’s War

Harley with Hetfield

Harley’s War — the band featuring hardcore icon Harley Flanagan of the Cro-Mags — has signed with Southern Lord for a number of upcoming releases.

“Harley Flanagan is one of the most revered, controversial and infamous musicians of the last 25 years of underground music,” says Southern Lord founder Greg Anderson in a press release.

“His resume and reputation speak equal amounts of vitriolic decibels as does his bass stack blaring in your face,” he says. “I have personally been a huge fan of Harley and his work with the Cro-Mags from the first time I heard their debut album Age of Quarrel in 1986. Much like the feeling you got when you first heard Bad Brains, Discharge or Minor Threat, Cro-Mags were musically and aesthetically on another level that was matchless. Through the power of the net and sheer luck I started talking to Harley Flanagan over emails and telephone past year.

“I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the intensity and honesty of his playing also carried through in his personality. Harley is humble, raw, intelligent, driven and focused. To say it is an honor for Southern Lord to be working with Harley Flanagan is a enormous understatement!

“We’re in shock and CAN NOT WAIT to get this shit going! The first release we will be doing together will be the forthcoming Harley’s War album. The demos of the material he has shared with us for this are fucking phenomenal! The new Harley’s War material has the same feeling as the initial musical impact the Cro-Mags first had in the mid-’80s.

“Killer songwriting, raw lyrics and Harley Flanagan‘s trademark bass playing. As mentioned above this is ‘other level’ shit! Expect nothing less than a brutal musical beatdown from the master!”

OK. I will expect nothing less, than.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.