Black Flag – “Down In The Dirt”

By Michael Nelson / May 3, 2013

The are currently two (or more?) “reunited” versions of Black Flag vying for your entertainment buck. There’s FLAG, featuring Black Flag co-founder Keith Morris with longtime Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski and drummer Bill Stevenson. And then there’s Black Flag, featuring Black Flag guitarist and mastermind Greg Ginn with singer Ron Reyes, who replaced Morris in the band and sang for them between 1979 and 1980. At present, FLAG is merely playing the songs of Black Flag live, while Black Flag is set to tour as well as release a new quote-unquote Black Flag album this summer. Not surprisingly, there’s some bad blood between the two acts. In an announcement on Black Flag’s website, the Ginn-led band is careful to point out:

***note: not to be confused with the ‘fake’ Flag band currently covering the songs of BLACK FLAG in an embarrassingly weak “mailing it in” fashion*** We urge you to check out the real BLACK FLAG when they hit your area.

Why would anyone be confused? There’s the “embarrassingly weak” band, and then there’s the other, whose just-released new song, “Down In The Dirt,” sounds like this:

You can download “Down In The Dirt” right here in exchange for an email address. And you can expect that song and 21 more on the new Black Flag album set to drop this summer via SST.