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Strike Anywhere Biography

Last updated: 04/13/2011 12:00:00 PM

Strike Anywhere is a punk rock/melodic hardcore band from Richmond, Virginia. They formed in 1999 after the demise of Thomas Barnett's previous band, Inquisition, taking 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 videos games: Tony Hawk's Underground 1 in 2003 ("Refusal"), Tony Hawk's American Wasteland in 2005 ("Question the Answer"), and Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam ("The Promise"). After being featured in the documentary Wake Up Screaming about the 2005 Vans Warped Tour. Strike Anywhere recently released their latest album Dead FM, produced by Brian McTernan. Strike Anywhere is a political band, with lyrics touching 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 the Antifascist Circle, a circle with three downward-right pointing arrows, which is "an international symbol for resistance, equality, and the solidarity of all peoples against oppression".
Strike Anywhere generally allow 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.

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