After Chicago political hardcore powerhouse Racetraitor disbanded in 1999, a fog of legend grew in their wake. Motivated by their frustration at the bilious 2016 presidential campaign cycle and the fury and urgency of the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement, the band reemerged with a fiery reunion a couple weeks before the election, but they […]
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Hardcore, metal, and punk bands unite for Shut It Down: Benefit for the Movement for Black Lives
When Racetraitor formed in Chicago in the mid-90s, their uncompromisingly antiracist politics weren’t always warmly received in the hardcore scene, but after their breakup in 1999 their influence continued to spread (especially once drummer Andy Hurley joined occasional Racetraitor bassist Pete Wentz in Fall Out Boy in 2003). More than a decade later, the burgeoning […]
Mani Mostofi of Racetraitor on how Trump’s embrace of white nationalism helped bring the band back
Twenty years ago, Racetraitor copped to their own privileges to try to educate the hardcore scene about class, gender, and race—so now is a perfect time for them to reunite.