This song, which is about the United States’ use of drone strikes, was also released on a limited-edition die-cut 10-inch vinyl picture disc which can be purchased here. You can read about the song’s lyrical content here.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 4:44 PM (PST) by Shawn-Ray Dalinsky
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:20 PM (PST) by milhouse
Today is the day. True to their word, Pittsburgh punks Anti-Flag have released the first material from their upcoming full-length studio album “American Spring”. The track is entitled “Fabled World”, and you can check it out in a little lyric video right here.
“American Spring” is due out on May 26th through Spinefarm Records. You can also get it on A-F Records, as part of their newly-announced 2015 Record Club. Additionally, Anti-Flag will be releasing a 10-inch EP “Sky Is Falling” on April 28th, with a newly remastered version of “Close Your Eyes” as B-side.
The band’s last record The General Strike was released in 2012 through SideOneDummy.
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:13 AM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Pittsburgh punk veterans Anti-Flag have announced they will be releasing a new 10-inch EP titled Sky Is Falling on April 28th. The title track will appear on the band’s upcoming full-length American Spring, and the b-side is a newly remastered version of “Close Your Eyes,” which was previously only available through the band’s 20 Years of Hell 7-inch series.
The most interesting thing about this 10-inch which is limited to 500 copies is that it’s a die-cut picture disc that looks like a drone strike. Don’t believe me? See for yourself below. And if that inspires you to drop 13 smackeroonies on 2 tracks, head over here for pre-orders.
Anti-Flag’s new studio album American Spring is due out on May 26th through Spinefarm Records. You can also get it on A-F Records, as part of their newly-announced 2015 Record Club. The band’s last record The General Strike was released in 2012 via SideOneDummy.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 8:56 AM (PST) by Midwest Punk
As you probably know by now, Anti-Flag have a new album coming out this spring. Now, the Pittsburgh punks have announced their first run of shows in support of the new album. They’ll be joined by The Homeless Gospel Choir and War On Women. Check out the initial ‘American Spring Tour’ dates/locations, and the full tour poster below.
Anti-Flag last released their “best of” compilation, A Document Of Dissent, back in July on Fat Wreck Chords. Their last full-length was 2012’s The General Strike, which was released on SideOneDummy Records.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:56 AM (PST) by bob9746
Historically, Pittsburgh-based punk stalwarts Anti-Flag have always had important, socially conscious messages to convey and musical statements they’ve been driven to make. That ethos remains intact with their new album, American Spring, which is their Spinefarm Records debut and is due out on May 26.
The band has shared the front and back album artwork, which they hope will spark conversations among the youth and perhaps inspire change, which is the spirit in which punk rock was initially founded.
There are plenty of ways the viewer can interpret the vivid artwork, as the front cover features a woman wearing a black hajib veil, while the back cover features an American soldier in combat fatigues. Both of their faces are obscured by an exploding pink flower.
“The songs of American Spring are an aggressive critique of the global social and political climate of 2015,” Anti-Flag explained. “The artwork is no different. The cover art is meant to challenge our collective view of violence and peace. The entire American Spring package includes essays, personal liner notes, and further information behind the driving forces of each song, detailing ways for us all to take action against injustice in the world. The American Spring is now.”
On March 31st, the first track of the album, “Fabled World” will be premiered worldwide. Full album tracklisting below.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:32 PM (PST) by jaystone
Show reviewed by Jason Epstein
This did not feel like an everyday punk rock show. It started off with a whiny, somewhat entertaining one-man folk-act, was followed by a punk band, was scaled way back into a conversation between Anti-Flag and two members of Amnesty International, and then turned into a special album plus discography-favorites set. Like I said, it wasn’t your average evening at the punk rock show.
The Homeless Gospel Choir’s name is a bit of a misnomer; it’s not a gospel choir, it’s actually just one bearded trucker-hat-wearing dude in a plaid shirt (aka Derek Zanetti) on an acoustic guitar singing angry, young and poor anthems that speak to the as-far-left-as-you-can-go liberal crowd so directly that it has no hopes of changing any conservatives’ minds (it’d only serve to make them dig in more on their beliefs which I believe there’s a nifty psychological term for that I don’t feel like looking up). The songs were kind of funny, and kind of sad, very impassioned, and pretty bland. But I’m not one for folksy, acoustic-only stuff much, anyway.
Such Gold – an affable group of 20-something dudes who play energetic post-90’s skate punk in the vein of The Loved Ones or older Swellers – followed. They just couldn’t seem to rev up the audience who seemed stunned by the preceding oddity of such a casual act which made it seem more like an open-mic night than a punk rock gathering.
After, Anti-Flag sat down with two multicultural hipsters from Amnesty International and had a fairly interesting discussion about this past year’s, what I’ll lightly call, “race-relation issues.” It was cool to hear that young people have the power to do something about what they feel is wrong in the world, and we were treated to a particularly blistering story of injustice that had a relatively happy ending – because of that very power. It was a rousing call-to-action for those who were already halfway there, but for most it was just a strange segue into the main event of the evening.
The guys came back on a few minutes later and launched into the energetic 13-song punch which is The Terror State, which is as good an album as it was back in 2003. Some of the songs they’ve played a ton, while other they’d never played before this tour. Pretty special stuff, indeed. They went full force, talking mercifully little between songs, and instead choosing to speak through the aggressive mouthpiece of great punk rock. Following the full performance of The Terror State, they let another plaid-wearing beard-having individual address the audience, this time about helping marine life, certainly a noble cause. Anti-Flag soldiered on through almost a dozen more songs, including a brand new jam called “To Hell With Boredom” (totally likable upon first listen) which will be on their upcoming album. One thing’s for sure: It’s great to see a band like Anti-Flag still playing fast and loud nearly 20 years after their first album with a new one on the horizon and no signs of slowing down.
Anti-Flag’s full setlist was as follows:
3. Post-War Breakout
4. Sold as Freedom
5. Power to the Peaceful
6. Mind the G.A.T.T.
7. You Can Kill the Protester, But You Can’t Kill the Protest
8. When You Don’t Control Your Government, People Want to Kill You
9. Wake Up!
10. Tearing Down the Borders
11. Death of a Nation
12. Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.)
13. One People, One Struggle
14. Fuck the Flag
15. To Hell With Boredom
16. Fuck Police Brutality
17. The Press Corpse
18. Broken Bones
19. This Is the End (For You My Friend)
20. This Machine Kills Fascists
21. 1 Trillion Dollar$
22. Cities Burn
23. Die for the Government
24. Drink Drank Punk
Friday, January 16, 2015 at 9:18 AM (PST) by Johnny X
The band released this statement regarding the release:
“There is no shortage of fodder for a new record of commentary on the social and political climate in 2015: Endless wars, the new Jim Crow and American injustice, corprotocracy, environmental coup d’état, the surveillance state, loss, grief, and anxiety. We hope that these songs can grant us solace in a seemingly hopeless era. It has been frustrating to see much punk rock music —and music in general— quiet in the face of so many atrocities that are taking place around the world. This record is not quiet.
If you are disillusioned with the status quo, these songs are for you.
The American Spring is now.”
Anti-Flag last released a career-spanning compilation titled A Document of Dissent on July 22nd through Fat Wreck Chords. Their latest full-length The General Strike came out in 2012 on SideOneDummy Records.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM (PST) by vivalalexy
Recently reunited group Atreyu have announced plans to release a new album in 2015. The record will be released through Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records and will be their first album release since 2009’s “Congregation of the Damned.”
We will keep you updated as more info becomes available, for now you can check out the band’s new single “So Others May Live” below.
“Also Am I” is taken from 36 Crazyfists’ upcoming album Time and Trauma, which is due for release early next year through Spinefarm Records, and will be the band’s first studio album since 2010’s Collisions and Castaways.