Concert Reviews

Black Flag - Trees - May, 24, 2013

Sure, there was plenty of speculation about Black Flag reuniting. A previous reunion ten years ago was disastrous and forgettable. Seemed like the band was best left as a myth and plenty of fans were fine with that. Especially since there's no way longest-tenured singer Henry Rollins will ever play again with mastermind Greg Ginn. So what does the latest incarnation of Black Flag bring to the table in 2013?

Essentially, this is a Black Flag that plays the old stuff that people want to hear the most. Spoken word interludes and punk-prog-jazz jams are kept to a minimum in favor of the most urgent and shortest material. Those lucky to squeeze into an at-capacity Trees on Friday night had the pleasure of seeing this with their own eyes.

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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
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