Harley Flanagan, founder of New York Hardcore band Cro-Mags, is making his feature film scoring and acting debut in the upcoming drama Between Wars.
Directed by Tom Phillips and starring Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli, Between Wars looks at the lives of soldiers coming back from war and re-entering civilian life. Says Phillips of the film, “Putting an emphasis on societal issues and human conditions at the forefront of our daily lives, ‘Between Wars’ leaves us looking at ourselves with a deeper lens.” Flanagan plays the character of McManus, an “old school Bronx Irish gangster and general mad man.”
Though this is Flanagan’s first film score and feature film role, it is not his first time on camera. He has played either himself or bit punk characters in various film and TV projects over the years. In early 2019, he was featured in the Epix docuseries Punk, talking about his experience growing up in New York’s Lower East Side punk scene.
Aside from the Between Wars score, Flanagan just completed work on a new Cro-Mags album. It will be the band’s first release in nearly two decades. Back in June, the band released three new songs, which Flanagan said were “all in the same vein” as the band’s previous albums, but “more refined. I’m just turning up the heat.” Another three songs were released earlier this month.
Release dates for Between Wars, the film’s score and the new Cro-Mags album have not been announced yet.
Said Flanagan about all the projects he has going on:
“I feel stronger, happier mentally, spiritually and physically then I have in years, and I am looking forward to the future.”