Raise Your Flag

RAISE YOUR FLAG / THE FALLOUT / 2018

… title track from our new 4-song 7-inch out now on Rebel Time Records …

… Toronto Pride Parade … 1973 …

RAISE YOUR FLAG

Raise your flag, Raise it high
Let them look you in the eye
Side by side
Show your pride
Wave your flag, wave your flag
Raise your flag, Raise it high
And when they look you in the eye
Wave your flag, wave your flag, wave your flag

Double standards of the hypocrites
They condescend as you bite your lip
You’re in my heart
You’re on my mind
You don’t have to take that shit

On the horizon is a new frontier
If you feel alone or you’re getting scared
With all your spirit
And all your soul
You know there is nothing to fear

Sing if you’re glad to be gay

Homophobes are just a dying breed
As they cling to an illegitimate creed
You’re in my heart
You’re on my mind
They offer nothing that you can believe

All their hate they never take a rest
Stunning ignorance takes away your breath
With all your spirit
And all your soul

Resolve that you’ll never forget

To sing if you’re happy that way.

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Wage Slave

THE FALLOUT / WAGE SLAVE / 2018

… from the “Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems” 7″ out now on Rebel Time Records …

Wage! Slave!

I’m getting hungry and they’re raising my rent
I got my paycheque but it’s already spent
My hands are tied because they’re clocking my time
Selling my life away for nickels and dimes

I’m a wage slave
Nothing more
Wage slave
Working poor

Wage! Slave!

From bull to bear the economy’s crashed
That’s why they can’t pay us any more cash
Hard to get by on this minimum w

Featured On Alternative Toronto

From the Rebel Time Records website:

Alternative Toronto is a very cool multi-media website . It’s “a digital community archive of Toronto’s alternative cultures, scenes and spaces of the 1980s and 1990s.”  Take a run through it if you get a chance. It’s always being updated…

There is all kinds of  amazing political documentation up on the site and one of the members of the Rebel Time Records Collective has contributed some of the material that made up the 206 Carlton: Resisting Zundel exhibt. ( check out the Arm The Spirit Collection to see all of his contributions so far )

The site aims “to document the history of Toronto’s alternative communities from 1980 to 1998 by creating a digital repository to which anyone with materials can contribute.”

The site covers radical, counter-cultural, anti-racist and trans*/feminist/queer activism, art, music, theatre, dance, publishing, book-selling, cinema, education, health care, computing, housing, and more.

As part of the Toronto’s Days Of Action exhibit, the curators of the site have posted The Fallout’s song “Pie In The Sky.” The song is about then Premier of Ontario Mike Harris and is on the “What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue” album. The album is available as a free / pay-what-you-want download from the band’s Bandcamp page.

As the site says:

“Between 1995 and 1998, a broad coalition of grassroots activists and labour unions from across Ontario organized a series of protests to fight back against Conservative Premier Mike Harris and his “Common Sense Revolution.” Collectively known as the Days of Action, this historic movement included early demonstrations by feminist, LGBTQ2+ and disability rights activists who led the Embarrass Harris coalition, and a continuing alliance betwen the groups the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and Anti-Racist Action.”

you always look so confused
standing under the light
you stutter and you stammer and use fucked up grammar
but you always get a good sound bite
you used to be coated in Teflon
but now that Teflon’s wearing thin
you slide to the edge but you always manage
to get out of the shit you’re in

when you lie lie lie
makes me wonder why
we always buy buy buy
that same old pie in the sky

I can see through your eyes into the back of your head
there’s nothing there but all the stale air and bullshit we’re being fed
and so the truth lays dormant
buried under years of deceit
as you privatize and demonize
you tell us it’s what we need

it’s a bad time to be sick it’s a bad time to be poor
tax cuts for the rich, pepper spray for the kids
and bullets for Dudley George
and so the truth lays dormant
buried under years of deceit
as you privatize and demonize
you tell us it’s what we need

Out Now – What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue

Originally released in 2005 via Longshot Records and long out of print, we’ve re-mixed, re-mastered and re-released this album.

Available  via our bandcamp page as a free / pay-what-you-want download!

… here’s a few reviews from 2005 …

The Fallout – What Is Past Is Prologue
Album number five for this Toronto punk rock three-piece comes hot on the heels of their great 2004 release, Turning Revolution Into Money. This time out they seem to have gone for a somewhat purposely less polished but no less powerful sound and, if anything, these 14 songs are even snottier and snappier than before. Drawing their inspiration, both musically and lyrically, from the likes of the Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and D.O.A., the Fallout definitely hold their own, dishing out some real rebel music. Their catchy-as-hell, sing-along, three-chord punk rock packs a definite punch and is coupled with well-crafted and well-articulated, socially-conscious lyrics that crackle with heartfelt anger and urgency. These cats are kind of like a street-punk version of Woody Guthrie. Highly recommended.

The Fallout – What Is Past Is Prologue
Toronto, Canada three piece The Fallout release their fourth full length collection, ‘What Is…’ Vocalist/guitarist Lord Byron powers things along with a mixture of driving fretwork and choppy riffs, that offers an appreciative nod to the melodic attraction of early punk on ‘Bigots And Bastards’ and a harder straight ahead core style on ‘Raise The Minimum Wage’. They’re also versatile enough to successful produce an effective slice of raw edged punk-reggae on ‘Nancy Never Knew’. Admittedly the abrasive, gravely, slightly off key vocal tones of front man Byron take a little getting used to, but perseverance builds an appreciation of his passionate approach. Throughout the display a knack for writing topical protest songs that take a slightly different angle like ‘Trail Of Tears’, ‘Pie In The Sky’ and ‘Robin Hood’ that all adds to the collective appeal of a band offering a healthy and resilient take on contemporary punk. 4 out of 5. (Punk Oi UK)

The Fallout – What Is Past Is Prologue
The press sheet for these dudes says they’re playing a style similar to The Clash or The Jam. While I’m not hearing that at all, it doesn’t much matter because it’s still a damn fine punk rock CD. These Canadians have the cockney accent down pat, and play punk rock that I would say is more similar to Social Distortion meets One Man Army. Those are two of my favorite bands, so obviously I’m digging this CD. Great lyrics also, with strong social commentary. I’m 100% behind these dudes. (Razorcake)

Out Now – Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems

Out now!

Our 4-song 7-inch record is out now on Rebel Time Records! Songs of union, inclusion, solidarity and struggle.

Both the vinyl version and the digital version are available now at the Rebel Time Records bandcamp page and  vinyl will be available shortly at shops and distros.

Here’s what PunkOnline had to say about the release:

falloutepcover“The Fallout describe their sound as “straight-up, stripped-down politically-charged punk rock that’s got backbone and backbeat” and they are dead on the money. Their latest four-track EP, Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems, sees the Toronto, Canada based band on stellar form.

The fast-paced yet melodic punk rock of Red Light Union blends the likes of The Blitz, Bad Religion and the UK Subs to craft a belting sound with some excellent vocal interplay. The SLF like guitar opening to Walk In The Sun sets up a maniacally fast drumbeat and some seriously energetic punk rock power that blows away the cobwebs completely.

The superb Raise Your Flag is next, and the pace is maintained although the group vocals encourage a streetpunk, ‘punch the air’ response that had the entire office moshing with huge smiles on our faces. The closer, Wage Slave seals the deal with a chunky, serrated guitar and anthemic like vocal delivery. As the song fades, I am left with a feeling of discovering the spirit of punk alive and kicking with a rhythm section that is simply outstanding! (Punk Online) ”

And, here’s a very complimentary review from Germany’s Underdog Zine:

THE FALLOUT verknüpfen Solidarität (Red Light Union working girls, Pro-Homo) und Punk zu einer Melange aus ANGELIC UPSTARTS und 3-Akkorde-Punkrock. Auflehnung, Pogo, Arbeiterklassensymbolik: real music from the street and from the heart. Side by side und open minded.
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Alle 4 Songs sind musikalische Sing-a-longs, hymnisch-flotte Smasher mit Botschaft und Attitüde. Dabei verzichten sie auf inhaltsleere Phrasen und Parolen und manövrieren sich mit Melodie, Härte und Tempo mit gezielter Kritik durch die Krisen, die von Kapitalismus, Xenophobie, Homophobie, Unterdrückung und Ausbeutungsverhältnisse geprägt und begleitet werden.
“Raise your flag and other anthems” ist der aufrüttelnde Soundtrack mit Möglichkeit eigenständiger dissidenter Subkultur und dem mündigen Handeln, liefert eine entsprechende Erwartungshaltung an den Inhalt, der Neugierde und Interesse wecken soll. THE FALLOUT kombinieren also Politik mit einer harmonischen Melodic-Punk-Spielart als Denkprozess zu einem autonomen, unabhängigen und erfüllten Leben. (Underdog Zine) 

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Out Now – (Still ) Turning Revolution Into Money

Out now!

Originally released in 2004, “Turning Revolution Into Money” has been(slightly) renamed and completely re-mixed / re-mastered by Byron at his Farmhouse studio.

You can download it our Bandcamp page for free or pay-what-you-can.

Any money that does come in will go towards offsetting the costs of our upcoming 7″ and full-length.

A review of the original release:

“Great driving melodic punk with a left leaning message. This is one of Toronto’s newest and brightest talents, featuring Jeremy the guy behind the Anti-Warped tour shows. The FALLOUT remind me of the CLASS ASSASSINS with a healthy dose of the CLASH and INFA RIOT thrown into the guitar work. As for the vocals they remind me of Frankie Stubbs meets AGENT ORANGE, which translates to an odd mix that is a snotty style that has a hoarse delivery. As for the ideology, the FALLOUT are talking about important things like the erosion of civil liberties in “Quebec City” to scene violence in “Macho Duck”. The lyrics seem to be inspired by bands like the ANGELIC UPSTARTS and DOA. The FALLOUT are kind of like something between MARILYN’s VITAMINS and the CLASS ASSASSINS however there is loads of group back ups that will have you singing along as if it were the CLASH’s “I’m So Bored”. This is fuckin’ great, especially for a debut release. (Equalizing X Distort)”

“The People Are On The March And Must Have Songs To Sing” – Pete Seeger

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Three new songs, three new videos.

First up is “Raise Your Flag”, the title track of the 4-song 7″ EP that will be released shortly on Rebel Time Records.

Second is “Talkin’ Punk Rock Civil War.” Originally released in 2004 on the “Turning Revolution into Money” album, this song, and the other 12 songs on the  album, have been completely re-mixed and re-mastered. The album will be re-released digitally, as “(Still ) Turning Revolution Into Money” on Bandcamp on May Day 2018 as free / PWYC, with any monies coming in going to offset the costs of the EP.

Third up in “Holding Up Half The Sky.” One of the 20 or so new songs we’ve recorded and which we hope to release in the near future.

… from the upcoming 7″ on Rebel Time Records …

… Toronto Pride Parade … 1973 …

RAISE YOUR FLAG

Raise your flag, Raise it high
Let them look you in the eye
Side by side
Show your pride
Wave your flag, wave your flag
Raise your flag, Raise it high
And when they look you in the eye
Wave your flag, wave your flag, wave your flag

Double standards of the hypocrites
They condescend as you bite your lip
You’re in my heart
You’re on my mind
You don’t have to take that shit

On the horizon is a new frontier
If you feel alone or you’re getting scared
With all your spirit
And all your soul
You know there is nothing to fear

Sing if you’re glad to be gay

Homophobes are just a dying breed
As they cling to an illegitimate creed
You’re in my heart
You’re on my mind
They offer nothing that you can believe

All their hate they never take a rest
Stunning ignorance takes away your breath
With all your spirit
And all your soul

Resolve that you’ll never forget

To sing if you’re happy that way

… from “(Still) Turning Revolution Into Money”

… anti-war march … Boulder, Colorado … 1972

please don’t get excited cause I’m not keeping score
of the chances you’ve blown and opportunities ignored
to help the ones you love and say you care for
while you talk righteously all about it

and it ain’t getting better in fact it’s getting worse
poor are getting poorer the meek inheriting the earth
while here in the America’s we’re still giving birth
to the notion we’re all created equal

now I don’t think you understand what you’re fighting for
our music, poetry and politics don’t lead to a cure
We need more than talkin” punk rock civil war

please don’t take me wrong, don’t get pissed off
but the injustice and violence that you think you can stop
continues everyday as we sing our protest songs

talk without action produces no results
self-gratifying lifestyles removing any doubt
the chimes of freedom have long wrung out
in a world where direct action counts

… from an upcoming Rebel Time Records release …

… women’s liberation march … 1971 …

HOLDING UP HALF THE SKY

Fighting for equality
Struggling for an opportunity
Violence and oppression
Can’t stop her liberation

Stereotypes of sexuality
Leading to misogyny
Now has come the time
Stop believing all the lies
See her eye to eye
While she’s holding up half the sky

Time to be heard above the noise
Time for men to lend a voice
Stand and fight for equal rights
It’s your body – it’s your choice

Gender bias in the justice system
Placing blame upon the victim
We all know who’s at fault
For the harassment and assaults

Prisoners in an economic cage
Equal work means an equal wage
Now has come the time
Stop believing all the lies
See her eye to eye
While she’s holding up half the sky

It’s time we all gave a fuck
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