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Album Review: Anti-Flag – ‘Cease Fires’

In 2015, Anti-Flag released their ninth studio album, American Spring, a surprisingly solid, albeit formulaic, collection of songs. That could have been it for Anti-Flag’s musical contributions to the year and spent the next few years touring in support of American Spring, but instead they decided to end the year with Cease Fires, their fourth compilation release.

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with Anti-Flag, here’s some background info: the band celebrated their twentieth anniversary in 2013 by re-recording songs from throughout their discography (one song per studio and compilation album) and releasing them as a part of their 20 Years of Hell singles series. Cease Fires gathers those re-recorded songs, a b-side from the subscription series, and two unreleased songs from the American Spring sessions.

Let’s get the new songs out of the way first: If you’ve liked the clean sounding, yet aggressively political pop punk sound of Anti-Flag’s records throughout the past decade (The Bright Lights of America notwithstanding), there’s no reason to not enjoy “Coward in My Veins” or “The New Jim Crow.” “Close My Eyes” starts a bit slower, kind of sounding like a song from Bright Lights might have sounded like if the band hadn’t had their major label budget.

The re-recorded songs make up the real meat of this compilation, and the differences between the new recordings and the originals varies from song to song. Compositionally speaking, “Kill the Rich” is near identical to its original, but it still sounds like a brand new song due to the band’s changes in lineup and sound between 1996 and 2013. “The Consumer’s Song” gets a (much improved) full band treatment, “The Ink and The Quill (Be Afraid)” gets the fat trimmed off, and “The Great Depression” is toned down into a lo-fi twangy jam (it also, sadly, loses the guest vocals). Are they better? That’s for the listener to decide, but Anti-Flag certainly made the most of this project instead of half-assing these re-imaginings like Alkaline Trio did on Damnesia in 2011.

On the lesser side of things, the new version of “Wake Up!” doesn’t offer much, and “The WTO Kills Farmers” is transformed into a much more standard affair. It’s also worth noting that both The Terror State and For Blood and Empire have better songs that could have been picked to re-record. Naturally, plenty of songs get the acoustic treatment with varying degrees of success. “20 Years of Hell” is a high point, and the updated lyrics that include mentions of Pussy Riot and Chelsea Manning in “Mumia’s Song” are a nice touch, but then there’s “The Ghosts of Alexandria” which, much like the album it comes from, is just kind of… there.

Old school fans probably won’t care much for these recordings, but old school fans also jumped ship around the Underground Network-era so who cares what they think? It’s hardly essential listening, but Cease Fires is a fun listen for diehards and fans who came late to the party, and it complements the band’s current sound well.

4 / 5 – Stream the album below.

RIYL: NOFX, The Bouncing Souls, Strike Anywhere



Seeing Red: DS Writer Catherine Dempsey on why Anti Flag’s “This Is The End” bores her to death

Is there anything worse than a bad song on a nearly perfect album? Probably, but for the sake of our series, Seeing Red, there isn’t. In Seeing Red we ask our staff writers to talk about the songs that they hate on albums that they love.

Today we have Dying Scene columnist Catherine Dempsey, who talks about her endless boredom with Anti-Flag‘s “This Is The End” off their 2006 record, For Blood and Empire. You can read her thoughts below.



Anti-Flag stream their new(ish) album “Cease Fires”

Pittsburgh punk veterans Anti-Flag have just released a full stream of their sorta-new album Cease Fires. The collection consists of twelve re-releases, along with re-recordings of two previously unreleased B-Sides “The New Jim Crow,” and “Coward In My Veins”. These two new songs are a welcome addition to what already stands out as an impressive cross-section of the band’s body of work, and you can check it out below.

Cease Fires is currently available on Bandcamp for $7, and serves as the band’s first release since American Spring via Spinefarm Records, back in May.



Video: Ukulele Anti-Flag medley

Do you have 2 minutes to spare? Are you a fan of Anti-Flag? If so, you might be interested in checking out a fun ukulele medley of 20 Anti-Flag songs from throughout their career. You can watch it below.

Anti-Flag themselves are releasing Cease Fires, a “new” album of re-recorded songs and b-sides on December 18, 2015 through A-F Records. Their latest album of all new material, American Spring, came out in May 2015on Spinefarm Records.



Anti-Flag premiere new song “The New Jim Crow” off upcoming album “Cease Fires”

Pittsburgh punk veterans Anti-Flag are streaming a new song titled “The New Jim Crow”, which is taken from their upcoming LP “Cease Fires”. You can give the track a listen below.

“Cease Fires” is set for release this Friday (December 18th) through A-F Records, featuring b-sides and new recordings of unreleased songs. Anti-Flag’s latest album “American Spring” came out in May on Spinefarm Records.



Anti-Flag premiere new song “Coward In My Veins”

Pittsburgh punk veterans Anti-Flag are streaming a new song titled “Coward in My Veins,” which is taken from their upcoming LP Cease Fires. You can give the track a listen below.

Cease Fires will release on December 18th through A-F Records, featuring b-sides and new recordings of unreleased songs. Anti-Flag’s latest album American Spring came out in May on Spinefarm Records.



Anti-Flag release 6 rare 7-inches digitally and offers entire A-F Records catalogue for free/PWYC download

Pittsburg punk veterans Anti-Flag have decided to celebrate Black Friday a little differently this year. In conjunction with A-F Records, the band has released digital rips for 6 rare 7-inches on the label’s Bandcamp page. This includes the Kill Kill Kill, Emigre, and splits with Bad Genes, Against All Authority, Obnoxious, and God Squad. These 6 releases along with the entire A-F Records catalogue have been set to free or pay what you can download.

The label and band offered the following statement in an email received by most Bandcamp users:

“black friday is bullshit. for a lot of reasons. so this year i wanted to do something a little different.

i’ve put up 6 super rare anti-flag 7-inches on our bandcamp page and made them available for free / pay what you can download. these are vinyl rips, captured directly from the records themselves. ripping these records was actually one of the first things i did when we re-launched A-F Records a few years ago, and i’m stoked that you all can hear them, they are punk as fuck.

The rest of the A-F Records catalog is also available for free / pay what you can download. that’s over 60 records. if you can afford to throw a couple of bucks to a release or two, know that you’re directly supporting independent punk rock music, and every single one of your dimes is going to our artists and also future releases. if you can’t afford that, that’s cool too. download some music. be inspired. let punk rock change your life. start a band.

head here to download them: https://a-frecords.bandcamp.com/

we are thankful for this community and the solace that we’ve found here. be good to one another, we are all that we have.

peace and love,

stowe, #2, head, justin, pat, jesse, code, massie, & steve

p.s. corporate rock is still a fucking scam”

As mentioned before, you can head right to the A-F Records bandcamp page and get your fill of punk music. Check it all out here and get it before it’s gone!

 

 



Anti-Flag announces new album “Cease Fires”

Punk icons Anti-Flag have announced a new album! It is called “Cease Fires” and is made up of b-sides and rerecorded material.

The album is coming via A-F Records and is due to be released December 18th; we will keep you posted as the date nears.

You can check out the tracklist for the album and some upcoming tour dates below.

Anti-Flag’s latest full-length album, American Spring, came out in May on Spinefarm Records.



Lineup announced for 2nd annual Four Chord Music Festival (Anti-Flag, Yellowcard, Masked Intruder, more)

Four Chord Music Festival is making its triumphant return in less than two months in Pittsburgh, and a “local band” are set to be one of the main attractions.

The Steel City’s own Anti-Flag are on board for the second edition of the festival, which is set for December 13th at Pittsburgh’s Xtaza Nightclub. Also scheduled to perform are Yellowcard, Hit The Lights, Citizen, Masked Intruder, Survay Says!, The SpeacePimps, Head Injuries, and more. Check out the full lineup below.

Keep up to date on all the festival goings-on here and here, and grab your tickets, which start at just $32 (+fees, of course) right here.



Anti-Flag announce west coast dates with Leftover Crack, War On Women, and more

Pittsburgh punk stalwarts Anti-Flag are taking their show on the road out west of the Mississippi early next year. The thirteen-date run kicks off February 19th in Houston and runs through March 5th in Portland, Oregon. Check out the full rundown below.

Along for the ride (with a few exceptions noted below) will be the likes of Leftover Crack, War On Women, Blackbird Raum, and the Homeless Gospel Choir. Stay tuned for pre-order info.

Anti-Flag’s latest full-length album, American Spring, came out in May on Spinefarm Records.



Anti-Flag debut new music video – “All Of The Poison, All Of The Pain”

Pittsburgh punk stalwarts Anti-Flag have a new music video out for their song “All Of The Poison, All Of The Pain”, and you can feast your eyes and ears upon it below.

The song is track #8 on the band’s latest full-length album, American Spring, which came out in May on Spinefarm Records.

Anti-Flag are in Australia right now for a week-long tour. After a short stop back in the US, they’ll embark on an extensive UK/European tour, spanning the better part of two months. Check out those dates/locations below the video.



Pennywise announce “About Time” 20th anniversary dates…in Australia

In yet another post that can be filed under “Hey, Wanna Feel Really, Really Old?”…

Cali punk veterans Pennywise have announced plans for a 20th anniversary tour in honor of their classic album “About Time.”

As it stands right now, the tour is only hitting the shores of Australia, but hopefully a broader set of dates will follow. They’ll be joined on this particular run by the one-and-only Anti-Flag. All tickets go on sale next week; check out the full rundown below.

“About Time” was released in June 1995 via Epitaph Records, and marks late-bassist Jason Thirsk’s last recordings with the band before his untimely death the following year.



Lineup announced for Warped Tour UK (Anti-Flag, Reel Big Fish, Forever Came Calling and more)

Haven’t done a Warped Tour Wednesday post in a while, so here goes!

The initial lineup has been announced for the 2015 edition of the Vans Warped Tour UK Presented by Monster Energy. Co-headlining the event will be Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides. Amongst the other performers are Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Forever Came Calling, Rob Lynch, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!, Memphis May Fire and a bunch more. Check out the full rundown below.

The Vans Warped Tour UK Presented by Monster Energy takes place October 18th at London’s Alexandra Palace. Tickets are available here.



Anti-Flag stream acoustic set from 11th Street Records (Punk Rock Bowling)

Iconic Pittsburg punk band Anti-Flag are streaming their acoustic set from an appearance during Punk Rock Bowling. The 40 minute video was shot at 11th Street Records, and you can view it below.

Their new album, American Spring, came out yesterday (May 26th) through Spindfarm Records. It’s the band’s first full-length release since 2012′s “The General Strike”.



Anti-Flag streams new LP “American Spring”, announces US tour

Iconic Pittsburg punk band Anti-Flag are streaming their new album “American Spring” ahead of its May 26th release date through Spindfarm Records. Give it a listen and check out the band’s upcoming US tour dates below.

“American Spring” is the band’s first full-length release since 2012′s “The General Strike”.