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Friday, September 20, 2002

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Angry band plays for Tent City

By Rana Issa
Gazette Staff

Politics, women's rights, sweatshops, democracy and homelessness are just some issues that Angry Agency struggles with in their debut album This Is What Democracy Looks Like.

Tomorrow night, the band will be headlining a benefit concert for the Unity Project (also known as Tent City) at Call the Office with nine other acts set to perform. It will be the third benefit concert the band has hosted in the past three years.

The Unity Project is an organization run by activists which offers a place where the homeless can go for food and shelter. It can be found on Horton Street behind the Salvation Army, right here in London.

Ten bands are scheduled to play the event, with all proceeds going toward the Unity Project cause.

"People can stay there weeks or months at a time while they're trying to get their life in order – or [it can be] a one night thing," says Kreg Kennedy, frontman of Angry Agency.

A booth will be set up at the show with information and pamphlets for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Unity Project or activism in general.

Kennedy believes this event is important because it proves that bands and people can make a difference. "The show will be an introduction to something that [listeners] have never heard before – it will show that people can actually make a difference."

According to Kennedy, Angry Agency hopes to make some money for the Unity Project, as well as raise awareness for other causes.

"We want people to think about the world around them, not just watch CNN and believe it," says Kennedy, when asked what message Angry Agency attempts to convey through their music.

The band cannot pinpoint one issue that concerns them the most because every issue is as important as the next, but being aware of people's suffering around the world does stand out for them.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like is available for purchase through their record label Core-upt's Web site at www.core-uptrecords.com.

The title of the record makes reference to a documentary of the same name, which encompasses the successful Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization in 1999. As well, the picture on the album's cover is from the Quebec demonstrations against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas in 2001.

Kennedy asserts that Angry Agency is a political band, who see that "things are wrong with the world [which they] cannot stand by and watch."

"[Angry Agency] hopes people come out and support the Unity Project, the London music scene and all the diverse musical acts," Kennedy adds.

Doors at Call the Office will be opening Saturday at 7 p.m. and there will be a $5 cover charge.

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