Hard-core punk bands don't often say they're sorry. But L.A.'s legendary Black Flag is making amends for a pretty bad year.
The band has announced a new singer - its manager, Mike Vallely - after kicking out vocalist Ron Reyes mid-set during a show in Perth, Australia. In an interview addressing this new role, Vallely told Rolling Stone that Black Flag's founder, Greg Ginn, is well aware that the band's return has been less than hoped for.
"We feel that, generally, the band fell short in 2013 because of a difference in the philosophies of Ron and Greg – it just led to dysfunction," Vallely said. Reyes, who sang in Black Flag's early incarnation, was the vocalist behind Black Flag's "comeback" album, the poorly received but perhaps accurately titled LP "What the ... ."
"Greg just felt like, 'I don't want the Black Flag name to fizzle out with this or be tainted with this record that's proven to be sub-par compared to what the expectations for it were." Vallely also said that Ginn now regrets signing off on the combatively ugly album artwork that Reyes suggested.