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New Black Flag Disses Other (Black) FLAG, Shares ‘Down in the Dirt’

Black Flag 'Down in the Dirt' New Song Ron Reyes

Fans of Hermosa Beach hardcore legends Black Flag were given a rare gift at the start of the year: not one but two “reunions,” though neither featuring the band’s most beloved and longest serving vocalist, the inimitable Henry Rollins. We witnessed Keith Morris’ FLAG rip through an excellent set at a Moose Lodge a couple of weeks ago, but according to the Ron Reyes-fronted Black Flag, those other guys are “mailing it in.”

The latter group — rounded out by founding guitarist Greg Ginn, drummer Gregory Moore, and touring bassist Dave Klein — has shared “Down in the Dirt,” the first song from their forthcoming 22-track album due out this summer. But the thrashy new taste came with a word of warning: “not to be confused with the ‘fake’ Flag band currently covering the songs of BLACK FLAG in an embarrassingly weak ‘mailing it in’ fashion.”

Way to keep it classy, bros. There goes our hopes of a touring triple bill featuring a third band (BLACK?) fronted by Rollins. The song below (also available as a free download from the band) was billed as “the first new song from BLACK FLAG in a generation.” Give it a click and see if it was worth the wait. Just remember, “Whoever said it’s not about having fun is full of shit.” So spake Keith Morris.

Blag Flag tour dates:

May 14 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal Club
May 15 Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
May 16 Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
May 17 Rome, Italy – The Orion
May 18 Hünxe, Germany – RUHRPOTT RODEO
May 20 Vienna, Austria – Arena Wien
May 23 Austin, TX – Infest
May 24 Dallas, TX – Trees
May 25 San Antonio, TX – The Korova
June 06 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
June 07 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
June 08 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
June 09 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
June 10 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
June 11 Erie, PA – The Crooked I
June 12 Albany, NY – Bogies NY
June 13 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
June 14 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
June 15 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
June 17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
June 18 Roanoke, VA – Growlers
June 19 Lexington, KY – Buster’s
June 20 Newport, KY – Southgate House
June 21 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
June 22 Fayetteville, AR – Rogue
July 10 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
July 11 Tempe, AZ – Club Red/Red Owl
July 12 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
July 13 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
July 14 Los Angeles, CA – Vex Arts
July 15 San Diego, CA – SomaSanDiego
July 16 Santa Cruz,CA – The Catalyst
July 17 Redway, CA – Mateel Community Center
July 18 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
July 19 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
July 20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Chinese Cultural Centre
July 23 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Operahouse
July 24 Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theater