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 […]
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 […]
Racetraitor guitarist Dan Traitor on connecting hardcore and union organizing
Current musical obsessions of Racetraitor guitarist Dan Traitor, Decline front man Fern X Decline, and Reader associate editor Jamie Ludwig
Hardcore throwdown the Rumble returns after five years, picking up the change where it left off
The Rumble comes to Cobra Lounge on April 27 and 28, with sets by Incendiary, Wisdom in Chains, Strife, Racetraitor, Nine Eyes, Spine, and many more.
Chicago musicians speak up about the Affordable Care Act
Musicians are especially vulnerable to a repeal of Obamacare, and these Chicagoans went on the record to say how.
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.