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ALICE BAG

SISTER DYNAMITE

IN THE RED


Format: LP
Cata No: ITR353
Barcode: 759718535310
Format: CD
Cata No: ITR353CD
Barcode: 759718535327
On her new album Sister Dynamite, L.A. punk icon Alice Bag
confronts some of the most pervasive problems troubling the world
today: unchecked privilege and willful ignorance, systemic inequality
and fragile masculinity. Her third solo effort and first release for In
The Red Records, the album also offers an unbridled celebration of
community and the undeniable power in embracing one’s own truth.
In her impassioned push for freedom of all kinds, Bag endlessly
transmits a raw and exhilarating energy, ultimately transforming each
song into a much-needed antidote to numbness or despair.
The follow-up to 2018’s Blueprint—named one of the best albums
of the year by NPR Music—Sister Dynamite marks a thrilling return to
the full-throttle punk that Bag pioneered with her legendary first-wave
punk band, The Bags. With its breakneck velocity and galvanizing
melodies, the album’s kinetic sound was partly inspired by Bag’s
work in producing the latest record by Chicana punk band Fea. “All
their songs are rockers, and it made me want to make an album that’s
upbeat all the way through,” she says.
To achieve that force-of-nature intensity, Bag teamed up with her
core group of musicians, including guitarist Sharif Dumani and bassist
David O. Jones. Co-produced by Bag and her longtime collaborator
Lysa Flores (who plays rhythm guitar and sings backing vocals on
several songs), Sister Dynamite finds Candace P.K. Hansen and
Rikki “Styxx” Watson trading off on drums, each lending her distinct
musicality to the album’s potent rhythms.
Throughout Sister Dynamite, Bag reveals her incredible ability to
turn nuanced political statement into impossibly catchy punk songs.
Raised in East Los Angeles, she first discovered her facility with the
grammar of punk upon co-founding The Bags as a teenager in the late
’70s (an endeavor that saw her featured in Penelope Spheeris’s seminal
punk documentary, The Decline Of Western Civilization). Along with
playing in a series of groundbreaking bands over the years (including
Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres), Bag has devoted much
of the past few decades to her work as an educator, activist, feminist
archivist, and author of two acclaimed books: her 2011 memoir
Violence Girl (now required reading in gender and musicology
courses throughout the country) and 2015’s Pipe Bomb For The Soul
(a self-published title based on her experiences volunteering in postrevolutionary Nicaragua).

Tracks:

1. Spark
2. Gate Crasher
3. Switch Hitter
4. Identified
5. The Sender Is Blocked
6. Breadcrumbs
7. Subele
8. Noise
9. Sister Dynamite
10. Lucky
11. Even
12. Risk It

Press:

New album by punk rock feminist icon.
Follow-up to 2018s Blueprint, named one
of the best albums of the year by NPR
Music
.Ex-singer of The Bags and writer of 2011
memoir Violence Girl

 

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