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Chuck Dukowski talks FLAG, Toronto and NXNE

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FLAGAfter nearly 25 years, Black Flag has been resurrected, and is now known as FLAG. The new coalition is composed of old and new members of Black Flag, and reunited for the one love of punk rock these five men have always had. With inserts from the Misfits and the Descendents, the level of raw punk talent brought to the table with these guys, along with the timeless material of Black Flag being brought back to life, it becomes no wonder this revival has garnered such an amazing response thus far. After touring most of the U.S. since they started playing again earlier this year, the gang hit Toronto for NXNE this year. The members of FLAG collectively haven’t played Toronto in just about as many years as the band has been separated. So this was a reuniting of two loves for the guys of FLAG – now composed of original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, with Dez Cadena (Misfits) and Stephen Egerton (Descendents.) Martyr’s Devin Size caught up with Chuck Dukowski to ask him how it feels to be back in the circuit with the music we all know and love from none other than Black Flag.

DS: It had been over 25 years since the first disbanding, and now ten years after the first revival, you’re back again playing beloved Black Flag material, what sparked the reuniting and how does it feel bringing the music of Black Flag back to life?

Chuck: It is really amazing to play the music of Black Flag with Bill, Keith, Stephen and Dez. A couple of years ago Keith and No Age (Dean and Randy) asked me to perform a few of the songs with them as a secret treat for their fans at a free show they were doing in MacArthur Park. That was an amazing experience for all involved. We did it again six months later at Goldenvoice’s 30th anniversary show at the Santa Monica Civic with the Descendents’ Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton instead of Dean and Randy. That was also a wonderful experience. Afterward we decided to do it again sometime if our schedules allowed it. Here we are.Chuck Dukowski - FLAG DS: You’ve already released redone songs in concert videos, do you guys plan on making new music and in a new full-length in store?

Chuck: So far we haven’t made any plans to record new music with FLAG. Bill and Stephen are in production on a Descendents album, Keith is working on an OFF album and I’m working on a new CD6 album. I’ll bet Misfits are doing stuff as well. We got together because we enjoy playing the Black Flag music that is so big a part of our lives and so many other people’s lives together.

DS: After news was released of the reformation, fans went wild, and shows sold out along with the Facebook page blowing up with “likes” and questions. Did you expect this kind of response so quickly?

Chuck: After the wildness at our two early performances I was not surprised that the response was all crazy. It sure is awesome.

DS: NXNE is a great platform to bring the music back to Canada after so many years, what does playing this festival mean to you guys?

Chuck: It means fun rippin’ the jammz (sic) for the first time in Toronto since the early 80s. Thanks for having us Toronto. What an amazing experience.Stephen Egerton - FLAGDez Cadena - FLAGDS: Although things were not always steady, Black Flag never really died, not amongst fans and seemingly so for you guys, was it always known that a reunion was in the cards?

Chuck: It did not die. The music, what it stands for and everything we did has been and will always be a big part of my life. That said the reunion with Keith and then the rest of the guys (Bill, Dez and Stephen) was completely unexpected.

DS: The question everyone will be asking now, is how long do you foresee this return lasting?

Chuck: I don’t know. It will last at least through the end of this year. There are no plans after that. Descendents, Misfits and OFF will start being active again at that point and so we will just have to see what happens after that.Keith Morris - FLAG Bill Stevenson - FLAGDS: Any chance of Henry Rollins coming back to performing with you guys? Or are those days behind us now for good?

Chuck: From what I hear Henry is not interested in playing or performing music. We’re good, Keith is ripping it up and so is Dez.

Interview by Devin Size photos by ftfphotography

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