Strike Anywhere

Strike Anywhere is an American punk rock band from Richmond, Virginia, United States. Formed in 1999 after the demise of frontman Thomas Barnett's previous band, Inquisition, they took their name from the Inquisition song "Strike Anywhere". Their music is characterized by fast tempos, catchy melodies, and emotionally charged vocals delivered via shouting and singing. The band has received an increased amount of attention after their music appeared in 3 Tony Hawk video games: Tony Hawk's Underground in 2003 ("Refusal"), Tony Hawk's American Wasteland in 2005 ("Question the Answer"), and Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam ("The Promise"). They were also featured in the documentary, Wake Up Screaming,[4] about the 2005 Vans Warped Tour. The band played their last show with guitarist Matt Sherwood in Auckland, New Zealand on March 17, 2007, with Mark Miller replacing Sherwood. Since then, the band has continued its regimen of international touring, including the group's first South American tour, where they played Brazil and Colombia.[5] In an interview in December 2016, Barnett confirmed that the band is currently working on a fifth studio album.[6] On July 17, 2020 the band released an EP titled Nightmares of the West via Pure Noise Records. The EP contained seven newly recorded songs that were the result of ideas that had been exchanged between bandmates over the course of the 2010s decade. [7]

Strike Anywhere
Strike Anywhere, performing in Virginia Beach, VA, USA. October 7, 2016.
Strike Anywhere, performing in Virginia Beach, VA, USA. October 7, 2016.
Background information
OriginRichmond, Virginia, United States
GenresMelodic hardcore,[1][2][3] anarcho-punk,[1] punk rock[3]
Years active1999–present
LabelsPure Noise, Jade Tree, Fat Wreck Chords, Bridge Nine, No Idea, Chunksaah, Red Leader, Scene Police
MembersThomas Barnett
Matt Smith
Garth Petrie
Eric Kane
Mark Miller
Past membersMatt Sherwood

Political stanceEdit

Strike Anywhere lyrics touch on such issues as police brutality, anti-capitalism, women's rights, animal rights, and globalization. They have also contributed tracks to political benefit albums, such as a live version of "Sunset on 32nd" for 1157 Wheeler Avenue: A Memorial for Amadou Diallo and "To the World" for the Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 album. According to the liner notes for their album Change is a Sound, they support "the vegetarian lifestyle, the living wage movement and the fight against corporate globalization".[8] With its 2006 release Dead FM, the band expanded their political slogans to address "more sociological ideas about why these (events) happen".[9]

Their logo is similar to the Three Arrows symbol and the Antifascist Circle, and includes the logo of the former social democracy/antifascist German Iron Front, a paramilitary organization which existed in the last years of the Weimar Republic.

Strike Anywhere generally allows audience members to record their live performances for personal, non-commercial use, and has gone so far as to authorize the Internet Archive to create a section where fans can upload and share their recordings.[10]


Strike Anywhere in Barcelona in 2010.


  • Thomas Barnett - vocals (1999–present)
  • Matt Smith - guitar, vocals (1999–present)
  • Garth Petrie - bass (1999–present)
  • Eric Kane - drums (1999–present)
  • Mark Miller - guitar, vocals (2007–present)


  • Matt Sherwood - guitar, vocals (1999–2007)


Studio albumsEdit


  • Chorus of One (Red Leader Records (CD)/No Idea Records (LP), 2000)
  • Fat Club (Fat Wreck Chords, 2001)
  • Underground Europe 2001: Genoa Benefit EP (The 1999 Demos) (Scene Police, 2001)
  • Iron Front EP (Bridge Nine Records 2009) - Digital EP
  • Live at the Montage Music Hall (Bridge Nine Records, 2012)
  • Nightmares of the West (Pure Noise Records, 2020)

Compilation albumsEdit

Live albumsEdit

Compilation appearancesEdit

  • 1157 Wheeler Avenue: A Memorial for Amadou Diallo (Failed Experiment, 2002)
    • Includes the exclusive "Sunset on 32nd [Live]"
  • Broken Lamps and Hardcore Memories (Suburban Home Records, 2002)
    • Includes "Timebomb Generation" from Change Is a Sound
  • Punk Goes Acoustic (Fearless Records, 2003)
    • Includes the exclusive "Chalk Line"
  • Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 (Fat Wreck Chords, 2004)
    • Includes "To the World" from Exit English and the music video for "Infrared"
  • Take Action! Vol.5 (Sub City Records, 2006)
    • Includes "Asleep" from Fat Club 7"
  • Take Action! Vol.6 (Sub City Records/Hopeless Records, 2007)
    • Includes "Instinct" from Dead FM
  • Prisoners Of War: A Benefit For Peter Young (The Saturday Team, 2007)
  • Wrecktrospective (Fat Wreck, 2009)
    • Includes both tracks from the Fat Club 7"

Related bandsEdit

  • Park Sparrows - Garth Petrie
  • The Exploder - Eric Kane, Matt Smith
  • Inquisition - Thomas Barnett
  • Great Collapse - Thomas Barnett
  • MAäSK - Thomas Barnett
  • Liars Academy - Matt Smith
  • Senses Fail - Matt Smith
  • Pygmy Lush - Eric Kane
  • Widows - Eric Kane, Mark Miller
  • Sports Bar - Mark Miller
  • Evening Shadows-Matt Smith
  • Count Me Out - Garth Petrie


  1. ^ a b "Strike Anywhere: The Evolution of Punk Rock Angst: An Interview by Greg Barbera". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  2. ^ Paul, Aubin. "Exclusive: Strike Anywhere signed to Bridge 9". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Ensminger, David (1 July 2013). Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons. PM Press. p. 370. ISBN 1604866411.
  4. ^ "Wake Up Screaming - Home". Archived from the original on 2005-10-28. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  5. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ Sacher, Andrew. "Strike Anywhere's Thomas Barnett talks protests, punk activism, first EP in 11 years, more in interview". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  8. ^ Jade Tree Records Archived 2006-09-08 at the Wayback Machine: Change is a Sound, accessed 23 October 2006
  9. ^ Getting Personal, by Matt Schild, accessed 23 October 2006
  10. ^ Strike Anywhere collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
  11. ^ "Strike Anywhere :: Dead FM - Records: Fat Wreck Chords". Retrieved 2011-07-18.

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