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To the unfortunate souls unfamiliar with the groundbreaking mash up of punk styling and hardcore sound of Cro-Mags, it might be time for a little bit of education in the New York underground scene. When Cro-Mags formed in 1981, few could have anticipated the twists and turns that would come from their career. From tumultuous line-ups to an ever evolving sound, Cro-Mags have made their mark on the hardcore punk scene. Now, 40 years since the first iteration of Cro-Mags started making noise, the four-piece have taken to the road to pay homage to 1989’s Best Wishes, which they’ll bring to The Cluny on Monday 27th June.

Their sophomore record advanced Cro-Mags’ journey into the realm of metal; their experiments with this heavier thrash style garnered attention from all corners of the alt. music scene. With this stylistic change also came a further line-up change: the first album to feature current vocalist Harley Flanagan at the helm showcased his vocal technique better suited to the metal slant invoked. It’s clear why this is the record Cro-Mags have elected to celebrate 30 years on – this tour gives Flanagan the opportunity to blast it out for his cult following across the land.

Cro-Mags play The Cluny, Newcastle on Monday 27th June.


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