28 Jul 2012


Washington D.C. post-hardcore band Fugazi was hugely influential and not just musically, but ideologically. The band was staunchly D.I.Y., kept gigs affordable and all-ages where they could, and were seen as spearheading the straight-edge movement, a subculture of punk that reject alcohol, drugs and violence. After fifteen years of playing shows together they called it a day in 2002... but you can re-live their gigs courtesy of a huge downloadable archive on the Fugazi website. Of approximately 1200 live performances, a good three quarters were recorded... Fugazi's lead singer Ian MacKaye reflects on their huge archive of live recordings, and their infamous stance against crowd-surfing.