How the punk scene, politics and activism have evolved over the years, according to Propagandhi

Canadian punk-rock band Propagandhi is back with a new album and even more political topics to tackle, including colonialism, animal abuse and Donald Trump.
Propagandhi's Chris Hannah with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Melody Lau/CBC)

There was a time in Chris Hannah's career when what he would say onstage and in his songs would lead to death threats. His anti-fascist, anti-homophobic, pro-vegan and anti-capitalist lyrics challenged the music scene he was a part of — an early '90s punk-rock scene that was largely dominated by frat-boy, skate-punk culture and which made Hannah's band, Propagandhi, stand out.

At some shows, people would rush the stage and try to attack him. Just being a member of Propagandhi was dangerous, but these same conditions made it one of the most important punk bands ever. 

For more than 30 years, Propagandhi has fought for its social and political ideals. Its brand new album, Victory Lap, sticks with those themes: white colonialism, animal abuse, militarism and now, Donald Trump. 

Hannah joins Tom Power on today's show to discuss his band's new album and how the current political climate has affected the band's music. 

For the band's upcoming tour dates, head over to their website.

— Produced by Mitch Pollock


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