White Flag

White Flag is an American punk rock band currently based in Los Angeles. Their current lineup consists of frontman Pat Fear (guitar), Mike Mess (guitar), Jello B. Afro (bass), and Trace Element (drums). All of these members have been in the band since 1982, though many have rotated in and out. White Flag has an extensive discography that ranges from their 1982 debut R is for Rocket to 2010's Benefit For Cats. White Flag formed in 1982 in Sunnymead, an unincorporated area of California's Inland Empire now called Moreno Valley. They played their first shows that year (the second and third of which were later included on their "S Is For Space – 25th Anniversary De Luxe Edition"). Their name is to be considered a parody on punkrock elitism. Hence the members' names, resembling Jello Biafra, Mike Ness and Pat Smear, each a veteran in the SoCal-punk scene in their own right. The band recorded two albums that year, "R is for Rocket" and "S is for Space", the latter of which was released in 1983. After playing numerous shows around California, the band toured Europe for their first time in 1986, and released a Live E.P. from that tour titled "Bleedin' in Sweden".


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