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GI in 1981
DC/Dischord hardcore legends Government Issue reunited for their first show in 21 years in DC in 2010 (a benefit show), and have since played other shows like DC in 2012 (a 'Salad Days' celebration), DC in 2014 (Damaged City fest), and Houston and Baltimore earlier this year. And now they're finally going to play NYC!
The band will hit Brooklyn's Acheron on July 18 with Blockhead and Agitator. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon.
We're not positive what the lineup for this show will be, but stay tuned for that as well. Vocalist John Stabb was the only constant member. The 2010 reunion included bassist J. Robbins (who achieved a lot more success post-GI with Jawbox, Burning Airlines, and as a producer for several bands), but he wasn't with them at the 2014 show. There was also a 2007 one-off billed as "Government Re-Issue" which included onetime guitarist Brian Baker (also of Minor Threat, Dag Nasty and Bad Religion).
UPDATE: The band's current lineup is John Stabb (vocals), John Barry (guitar), Dwayne Bruner (bass), and Karl Hill (drums). They also play Pittsburgh's Skull Fest in August.
Watch a full set video of GI playing Maxwell's in Hoboken in 1988, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Salad Days documentary was celebrated over two days in Washington DC, when six hardcore bands of yesteryear reunited to play Black Cat on December 28 and 29. As discussed, the shows featured a reunion of Dag Nasty, along with appearances from Government Issue, Kingface, Black Market Baby, Youth Brigade and Scream. Check out video of all the bands below, including the full Dag Nasty appearance.
Also among the videos below are a pair of appearances from HR (of Bad Brains), who played the BB classic "Right Brigade" with Black Market Baby and "American Justice" with Scream, as well as apperances from Alec MacKaye (of The Faith) and John Stabb (of Government Issue) on a cover of "Steppin' Stone."
Government Issue, who were previously supposed to share the bill with Dag Nasty, have moved to a newly added second night (!) on 12/29, this time with headliner Scream! Tickets are on sale for that as well.
Both shows are in celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, which chronicles the evolution of DC punk.
Dag Nasty, 2012
In celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, the Black Cat in Washington DC will host an evening of DC hardcore/punk on 12/28 that will include the reunion of the original Can I Say lineup of Dag Nasty!
PLEASE JOIN US ON DECEMBER 28 AT THE BLACK CAT FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT!Ticketing info for the show is forthcoming. No word on whether this reunion will blossom into something larger (meaning more dates) or be a single one-off. The show also features Government Issue who reunited in 2010 and has done so on occaision since then.
Scheduled to appear:
Dag Nasty (and their original "Can I Say" lineup of Shawn Brown, Brian Baker, Roger Marbury, and Colin Sears)
Black Market Baby
and special guests!
This is a night to celebrate the filming of 'Salad Days' and the enduring legacy of these bands and this fine city!
Government Issue was an American hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C. active from 1980 to 1989. The band experienced many changes in membership during its nine-year existence, with singer John Stabb as the only consistent member in an ever-fluctuating lineup that at various times included notable musicians Brian Baker, Mike Fellows, Steve Hansgen, J. Robbins, and Peter Moffett. Government Issue originated from the Washington, D.C. hardcore scene but added elements of heavy metal, New Wave, and psychedelic rock on later records. Though this has caused the band to be sometimes overlooked in relation to other Washington, D.C. hardcore acts, their stylistic diversity made them influential to later punk rock groups. -[Wiki]Government Issue will reunite for a single show in DC at The Black Cat on December 11th with The Goons and Set To Explode, their first show in 21 years. The band, which will feature John Stabb, J. Robbins, Tom Lyle, and Pete Moffett, will play the venue as part of a benefit for DJ Stereo Faith (aka Steven McPherson of the defunct DC band Brace), a local DJ who is recovering from removal of a tumor from his auditory canal. Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the show, you can paypal donations for Steven McPherson to keepingthestereofaith (AT) gmail DOT com.