Greg Ginn’s latest incarnation of Black Flag continues to to keep the band’s hardcore legacy unfurled and flying high. Ginn, the sole continuous member of the group formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, Calif., is joined by new members and special guests Cinema Cinema on Thursday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7 p.m.
Mike Vallely, who was a guest vocalist for the group in 2003 and has collaborated with Ginn on sideband Good For You, is the band’s fifth vocalist. Tyler Smith on bass and Brandon Pertzborn on drums round out the group. Rolling Stone calls Black Flag America’s premier hardcore punk band of the early ’80s, saying the group’s uncompromising DIY ethic, constant low-budget touring and angry, driving songs provided the blueprint for subsequent postpunk bands.
Their discography includes seven studio albums and two live albums, all released on Ginn’s independent label, SST Records beginning with 1981’s “Damaged” with then vocalist Henry Rollins, a Washington, D.C., punk who jumped onstage during a New York performance. In its most prolific period — 1984 to 1986 — Black Flag released more than one LP per year, in addition to its continuous touring.
In 1986, Ginn formed a side trio, Gone (which released three albums), and dissolved Black Flag. Reunions would happen over the years, but Ginn didn’t fully resurrect the band until 2013. Black Flag is currently recording new material for a future studio release and will be touring throughout 2014 on their Victimology Tour.