No Age Blast Converse At Converse-Sponsored Show
L.A. punks No Age have long walked the uncomfortable line between punk rock and commerce — playing shoe company parties but making sure they also play DIY all-ages loft shows in the same cities, that sort of thing. But now they’ve apparently pushed that divide past the point of absurdity. During a recent Converse-sponsored show in Barcelona, they dedicated a chunk of their set to a video that decried the conditions of the factory workers in Nike and Converse facilities, while Randy Randall’s guitar fed back over it. They kept playing the rest of the show, then signed off by chirping, “Thanks, Converse!” The Spanish website Indiespot has a full account (translation here).