Racetraitor is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois.
Their second full length "" was released by Good Fight Music in October Racetraitor was one of the most controversial political bands of the s hardcore scene and garnered on the covers of both Maximumrocknroll and HeartattaCk before recording a single note of music.
The name Racetraitor was in reference to using one's social and economic privilege to create a more egalitarian world. The idea was to take the pejorative term " race traitor " used by white American racists and claim it as a positive self-chosen label.
The band was known for aggressively challenging audiences to confront the ways they might help perpetuate or buy into racist and exploitative social and economic systems. Many of their shows turned into heated arguments and they became one of the most talked about political hardcore bands of the late s. The band's members were vegan and lived the straight edge lifestyle. Early Racetraitor music could be characterized as powerviolence and grindcorefeaturing an abundance of noise and blast beats.
Songs often timed less than a minute, which gave their early shows the quality of containing more spoken word than music.
Eventually, their 90's hardcore, extreme metalespecially death metaland metalcore "Fall out boy drummer sexuality" came to the foreground and Racetraitor's songs became longer and more defined. Along with bands like Abnegation and Day of Suffering, Racetraitor because one of the forerunners of the vegan metal sound and a early pioneer of metalcore. Racetraitor's message centered around anti-racism and anti-colonialism.
They often discussed issues like white privilegeclass privilege, the war on drugs and biases in the US criminal justice system, inequities in economic globalizationand US foreign policies in Latin American and the Middle East. The idea was to take the pejorative term " race traitor " used by white American racists and the band claim it as a positive self-chosen label.
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Especially in the early days of the band, Racetraitor consciously took a more confrontational approach to spreading its message for and ideas about such social justice. They would often challenge their mostly white audiences to recognize the roles that everyone played in perpetuating racial, sociocultural, economic, and colonial oppression. The band became known for calling their own audience members " crackers ", which they explained as people who "crack the whip"; not necessarily someone who is caucasian, in other words, but rather those who simply perpetuate racism and exploitation in their day-to-day lives.
According to members of Racetraitor, this "in-your-face" approach was intentionally designed to shock audiences and force a debate on issues such individuals might otherwise have totally ignored. After
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Hurley also played drums in several other projects, including Killtheslavemaster and Project Rocketand was briefly reunited with singer Mani Mostofi in a band called The Kill Pill, who released one record on Uprising before disbanding.
Binaei currently has put together a new experimental rock project entitled Tiger Spirit consisting of previous members of Suicide FileSweet Cobra, and Nude Celebs.
Currently, Decker works at Cure Violence out of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health Cure Violence stops the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and "Fall out boy drummer sexuality" associated with disease control and plays in a band called Tiger Spirit.
Mostofi briefly played in a Chicago band called the Enemy that recorded but never released a full length on Indicision Records. He continued his activism in the anti-war and Palestinian rights movements and traveled to the Middle East extensively.
More recently, Mostofi earned a JD at Fordham Law School in New York with an emphasis in international law and works as a human rights researcher and advocate. Eric Bartholomae, who played bass and guitar, spent several years doing activism in Chicago following the breakup of the band. In the fall ofhe moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, he holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and competes regularly in powerlifting meets. He is still vegan straight edge.
He later left Creation is Crucifixion, returning to play on and off with Racetraitor until the band's breakup inafter which he went on to form Fall out boy drummer sexuality aforementioned Killtheslavemaster with Hurley. Since Racetraitor's break up there have been occasional reunion rumors, but nothing ever materialized. Inhowever, the "Fall out boy drummer sexuality" announced on its Facebook page that they were in the process of re-mixing "Burn the Idol" for a re-release on vinyl.
In Augustthe band announced its first show in 17 years with Detroit hardcore band Earthmover. In Septemberthe group went on to release two brand new songs: We needed to respond to this moment in history in our own way.
The record was remixed by Dallas Thomas from the Chicago band Pelican band. Racetraitor has been featured on the covers of both Maximumrocknroll and HeartattaCk. Racetraitor has been featured in the books Burning Fight: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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