In what is already shaping up to be a mini-festival full of solid punk rock tunes, Hits And Pits 2.0 has once again grabbed our attention today, with the announcement that seminal punk icons Black Flag will be joining the already stellar lineup.
No other band stands as iconic as the band from Hermosa Beach, California. Formed in 1976 at a time when, in the US, there was no path laid by any band before them, Black Flag carved their own story, their own scene and inevitably lead the way for the multitudes of bands that would come after them. But with none matching the level of attitude and influence the band would leave behind.
Throughout the bands tumultuous history there remained one constant and driving force. This was none other than Greg Ginn. Guitarist, songwriter and sole continuous member of the band whose albums and imagery would remain as iconic symbols long after the band disbanded, Ginn and his work through SST Records is the reason the modern day scene hold the DIY ethic in such strong esteem. There was no internet, there was no social networking, there was no scene. If you wanted it then you had to make it yourself and that’s exactly what Black Flag did.
In January 2013 the world gasped as Ginn and vocalist Ron Reyes united. This isn’t just a bunch of guys reuniting to play the old hits, this is Black Flag putting the final touches on their first album in 28 years. They have already dropped two new tracks titled “Down In The Dirt” and “The Chase” released earlier this year through their website.
For the first time the band will carve their own history on Australian shores and in Australian venues but only on the Hits & Pits 2.0 Festival. There has never been and maybe will never be an event with royalty such as this.
Friday 15th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast (18+)
Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD | Doors open 6pm
Saturday 16th November – Hifi Bar, Brisbane (18+)
123 Boundary Street, West End QLD | Doors open 5pm
Sunday 17th November – Hifi Bar, Sydney (18+)
122 Lang Road, Moore Park NSW | Doors open 4pm
Friday 22nd November – Palace Theatre, Melbourne (18+)
20-30 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC | Doors open 5pm
Saturday 23rd November – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide (18+)
59 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA | Doors open 5pm
Sunday 24th November – Capitol & Amplifier, Perth (18+)
393 Murray St, Perth WA | Doors open 5pm