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Hardcore punk and metal crossover artist and controversial NYC mainstay Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) recently released his brand new solo album, appropriately titled "Cro-Mags." It's no secret that the writing of "Cro-Mags" surrounded Harley Flanagan's highly-publicized arrest in 2012. This record is a proverbial window into his world at that time.
"I first started writing the album in 2012. My intention was to write a bunch of short fast songs- old school style- the way I did it in the early days," states Flanagan. "I started tracking all the songs myself. Originally, I tracked them all on acoustic guitar, then I put drums on some of them."
He goes on to say, "Early in the project several things in my life exploded, one being the Webster Hall incident. As most people now know, I was jumped at a show that my old band was playing. I put several people in the hospital and I was stabbed in the leg and needed 40 stitches. I was arrested, my name was dragged through the mud, I went to Riker's, and went to court several times where the charges were eventually dropped for lack of evidence. After that, I went back into the studio to finish the album.
"I have always been the kind of writer who writes from my life experiences. My music and my book are extensions of me, not fantasy or fiction or BS. I don't write fantasy type lyrics, I never have, and unfortunately this is what was going on in my life at the time and this was really heavy on my mind, so that is what came out. It made for a very aggressive album. I haven't had that type of fire in me in a long time.
"I am in a much better place in my life now so I'm sure lyrically my next record will be much different, but you should definitely expect more aggressive riffs and songs."
2016 continues to be a busy year for Harley Flanagan, as he will also release a no-holds-barred memoir about his life, entitled "Hard-Core: Life of My Own," this fall via Feral House Publishing. In the book, Flanagan details his beginnings in the drug and crime ridden New York City of the 1970's to the early days of punk rock, hardcore, and beyond. Pre=orders are up now at this location. More...
New York hardcore icon Harley Flanagan is currently in the process of recording his newest LP to be released on Southern Lord later this year.
With his musical roots tracing back to the beginning of the 1980s, Flanagan was involved in NYC punk act The Stimulators before even hitting his teens. In the mid-'80s he founded the legendary hardcore/crossover act, The Cro-Mags, directly after which the band releasing the seminal "Age Of Quarrel" LP.
At the beginning of the millennium, the artist formed his own Harley's War and released debut album, "Cro-Mag," in 2002. Flanagan and several other players recently started laying down the basic tracks for the impending yet-to-be-named album, which will close the extensive twelve-year gap since the band's initial works were released.
Flanagan commented on signing with Southern Lord and the ongoing recording process of the new material: "I think that this is some of the hardest stuff I have written in a long time. God knows there has been a lot of inspiration over the last few years."
Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson this week stated on the upcoming release: "The demos we have heard thus far are incredible! We're really looking forward to hearing this when it's completed."
Legendary hardcore icon Harley Flanagan, bassist/vocalist of Cro-Mags and Harley's War fame, has officially signed with Southern Lord for several upcoming releases.
Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson released the following statement regarding this new alliance with Harley’s newest endeavors:
“Harley Flanagan is one of the most revered, controversial and infamous musicians of the last 25 years of underground music. His resume and reputation speak equal amounts of vitriolic decibels as does his bass stack blaring in your face. 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!”
Stay tuned for developments on all things pertaining to Harley Flanagan and Harley's War over the coming months.