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Conflict’s uncompromising anarcho-punk is as relevant as ever



London’s Conflict are one of the original anarchist punk bands, and though it’s been nearly four decades since they formed, their Thatcher-honed rage feels as relevant in today’s world as ever. Driven by original vocalist Colin Jerwood, the group hew to politics that are far more from the punch-a-Nazi school of activism than the let’s-sit-around-and-discourse model—and they don’t shy away from taking the left to task nearly as much as the right. Conflict’s sharp, focused, and dense catalog holds up better than those of many of their 80s peers (though drummer Francisco “Paco” Carreno, who died in 2015, is sorely missed). After playing a raw set at Riot Fest last year that left many local fans wanting more, they’re back in town—and in close quarters—as part of a short U.S. jaunt. Conflict’s strengths lie in Jerwood’s uncompromising guts, his utter commitment to his music and his message, and the big heart he has underneath it all—just read his 2015 interview with 13 Stitches, where he waxes poetic about the time Joe Strummer refused to give him an autograph and insisted on a hug instead.   v

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