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DS Album Review: Anti-Flag – “Lies They Tell Our Children”

Our favorite Pittsburgh foursome, Anti-Flag, are 13 albums deep into their career that has spanned since the late ’80s. There was a long break and line-up change before they resumed their work in ’92, but they are still angry, and this album shows it. To be clear, Lies They Tell Our Children is Anti-Flags’ first […]

Our favorite Pittsburgh foursome, Anti-Flag, are 13 albums deep into their career that has spanned since the late ’80s. There was a long break and line-up change before they resumed their work in ’92, but they are still angry, and this album shows it. To be clear, Lies They Tell Our Children is Anti-Flags’ first concept album and is a collection of probably their finest and most forward songs since their ’96 debut album. The album is 11 tracks, and seven of them have guest features, from Ashrita Kumar from Pinkshift, Campino from Die Toten Hosen, Tim McIlrath, and Brian Baker from Bad Religion, to name a few. While I usually believed that too many guest features were a red flag, this album shows that if you have an idea, you have a clear message, and people believe in the message you’re trying to bring forth, the number of guest features does not matter.

Let’s rewind to 2020; what the fuck happened? Covid, the world stood still; Anti-Flag released an album like many others. Now let’s fast-forward to 2022: war, impending doom, and most of us have given up hope that the system will ever change. Here’s Anti-Flag with clear, straight-to-the-point messages. There’s no misinterpreting anything with their lyrics on this album. Happy New Year, all; I’ll let Anti-Flags point out what is wrong with the system in 2023. But Lies They Tell Our Children doesn’t hold back on any song, and it’s time to go in for the kill. Anti-Flag has tried to perfect the balance between catchy hooks, headbanging instruments, and meaningful lyrics for the past three decades. I thought 20/20 Vision was a masterpiece, but Lies They Tell Our Children has outdone it. So I’ll get on with my review, and I’ll tell you this: I’m a sucker for any album that takes open digs and trashes the Government in any country.

“Sold Everything is a solid album opener; the song starts slowly with the rhythm guitar taking the lead before Justin Sane jumps in with their much-appreciated political lyrics. “Neo-liberal white saviors, Murdoch and Fox News. Fuck the Pittsburgh police and our president too!” sings Justin Sane, backed by the rest of the band during the song. Next up is “Modern Meta Medicine” ft. Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage taking their dig at Big Pharma, and I would like to say America’s significant consumption of pills and other things. Still, the fact is that it isn’t just a problem in America but everywhere in the world. While “Sold Everything” doesn’t set the tone for the album, this song does. It’s fast-paced with loud drumming and guitars but again highlights the catchy hooks. We’ve all heard this song for some time, so there’s nothing I can say that everyone else hasn’t caught on to. “Laugh. Cry. Smile. Die” ft. Shane Told of Silverstein was the first single to shoot off this album. “The lies we tell our children shaping everything we know/ Turning fact into fiction streamed on every single show” goes well into how the misinformation isn’t anything we can run from. Especially the younger generation has much more access to knowledge than the later generations had while growing up.

I’ll skip a bit because we’ve all heard most of the features, but let’s bring “Shallow Graves” ft. Tré Burt into focus. Now this song is probably one of the biggest standouts, in my opinion, and sad it wasn’t released as a single. This song sounds different, with heavy guitar riffs, rough vocals, and rapid drumming. But it has a more unpolished indie vibe before it goes into the classic Anti-Flag sound throughout the album. “Only In My Head” is another standout track, but this one is without guest features. “They are after me/ But no one’s free,” screams Justin Sane throughout the track, with the rapid machine drumming and simple “oh’s” from the band in between, concluding a great album. Things changed over the years, but Anti-Flag hasn’t that much, and that isn’t bad because this album feels like the beginning of something big to come.

Standouts to listen to: SHALLOW GRAVES, IMPERIALISM, SOLD EVERYTHING and ONLY IN MY HEAD

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Dying Scene Record Radar: This week in punk vinyl (Lagwagon, Riverboat Gamblers & more)

Hello, and welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar! If it’s your first time joining us, thank you! This is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl. So kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, grab a few beers, and break out those wallets, because it’s […]

Hello, and welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar! If it’s your first time joining us, thank you! This is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl. So kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, grab a few beers, and break out those wallets, because it’s time to run through this week’s new releases and reissues (and there are a lot of them). Let’s get into it!

Another week, another 25th Anniversary reissue from Fat Wreck Chords! This time around it’s Lagwagon‘s 1997 classic Double Plaidinum being reissued on some very pretty colored vinyl. You can get your hands on it here (US of A), here (EU), and here (Australia).

Misfits bassist Jerry Only has released a new solo album called Anti-Hero. He claims it’s his first release of the sort, but I’d argue some of “The Misfits” later output could be considered Jerry’s solo material. Whatever. Check it out below (spoiler: it fuckin’ sucks), and grab the record here if you dig it.

Fucked Up also just announced a new record. One Day will be their sixth full-length album, and it’s due out in January. Give the first single a listen, and go here to pre-order the LP.

Tim Barry recently released a new solo album titled Spring Hill. If that wasn’t enough for you, the Avail frontman also has a 7″ featuring some new b-sides. This one’s due out November 11th, and you can grab it here. Or if you’re in Gainesville this weekend for The Fest, these will be available at his merch table.

PUP is the second Canadian band to appear on this week’s Record Radar, with their 2016 LP The Dream is Over getting repressed on “Hot Pink/Violet” colored vinyl. SideOneDummy says this is this record’s 11th pressing; holy fuck! Get your copy here.

If you haven’t already exceeded your credit limit by purchasing tickets to Blink-182‘s upcoming tour, you’ll be happy to hear that Tom DeLonge’s other band Angels & Airwaves have repressed an assload of their records. Newbury Comics, Brooklyn Vegan, and The Hard Times have exclusive color variants of all these, along with a new pressing of Mr. DeLonge’s solo album To the Stars… Demos, Odds And Ends.

Also available at Newbury Comics: new exclusive color variants of two Gaslight Anthem albums. They have American Slang on “Clear Smoke” colored vinyl (600 copies), and The ’59 Sound on “Frosted Blue” colored vinyl (750 copies). Pretty colors! How many times can I use the word “color” in a paragraph?! A lot, apparently.

It’s been a minute since we heard from the Riverboat Gamblers, but they’re putting out a brand new 7″. Check out the title track “Two Little Hearts” below, and grab the wax here.

Against Me! fans, Red Scare has a fresh new pressing of Laura Jane Grace‘s debut solo album Bought to Rot. This is a very good record! Go here to obtain your own copy of this very good record.

Previously only available in the US, Anti-Flag‘s upcoming album Lies They Tell Our Children is now getting a European exclusive variant on cream colored vinyl. You can purchase it with whatever currency you guys like to use here.

Friendly reminder! Next Friday, November 4th, MxPx will be dropping brand new reissues of three classic records: Life in GeneralSlowly Going the Way of the Buffalo, and The Ever Passing Moment. These are limited to 1,000 to 2,000 copies each (depending on the variant), and they will be available on the band’s webstore at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern time. Don’t miss out!

RECORD OF THE WEEK!

We here at Dying Scene are all about trying new things, so this week I’m challenging you, loyal reader, to listen to something new! This week’s Record of the Week comes from Northern Ireland’s No Matter. These guys kick fucking ass, and their latest album Bad Chemistry is great. Check it out below, and grab the LP here (US) or here (EU). You will not regret it!

And that’s all, folks! Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs. See ya next week!

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