While plenty of punk fans were receiving new Converse sneakers for the holidays, L.A. noise-rock duo No Age was protesting the company (and the working conditions under its parent company Nike) at a show ostensibly promoting the shoe brand.
On Dec. 18, at a Converse-sponsored show in Barcelona, Spain, the band sneaked a 20-minute collage film of sweatshop workers, Black Friday consumer mayhem and weeping children into their live show.
In what they described as a "Planned Contradictory Action," in the middle of their set the group projected the video and played live ambient noise while surrounded by Converse banners. Beforehand, the band had requested as much Converse advertising onstage as possible, to enhance the contradiction. After promoters cut off the video with five minutes remaining, they finished their set and wryly thanked the brand for hosting them.
Singer-drummer Dean Spunt released a statement on the action (which, obviously, didn't go over well with the event's corporate promoters), which is printed below in full. It's not the first anti-corporate musical stance the band has taken this year - in June, No Age headlined a protest against a planned Wal-Mart in L.A.'s Chinatown.