Many people may know of Gerry Hannah through his 25 year on again/off again involvement with the seminal Vancouver punk rock band the Subhumans. As one of the founding members of that group, he played bass guitar, sang background vocals and penned, arguably, some of the most memorable punk anthems written in North America.
Others may know of him through his brief involvement with an urban guerilla group known as Direct Action. This was the group of Canadian political activists commonly known as the Squamish Five that decided to try to stop regressive political and environmental policy through, well, direct action. The group was eventually arrested and Gerry was sentenced to ten years in prison for his part in the group’s activities.
But all along, Gerry has also been playing guitar, singing and writing folk/rock songs behind the scenes and has recently released a new solo album. The new album, titled Coming Home, chronicles the emotional history of being a revolutionary living underground, a political prisoner languishing behind bars and a sensitive, insightful, (if often despondent) observer of our current human condition.
Gerry’s current band, The New Questioning Coyote Brigade, combines a sixties folk/rock sound with dark tinges, his solid song-writing and thoughtful, meaningful lyrics.