Anti-Flag - 20/20 vision
05.10.2019 - 18:15- Newsbeitrag
Political punk icons, Anti-Flag, have just released a brand new single "Christian Nationalist" and its accompanying lyric video. For over two decades the Pittsburgh, PA based band have been leading the charge of progressivism in punk, and their newest track proves they still have plenty of fire left. The new single follows their 2017 full-length, American Fall, and 2019 live album, Live Vol. 2, and Anti-Flag are currently putting the final touches on a new studio album, further details to come. "Christian Nationalist" starts with a brief moment of subdued organ before exploding into the kind of powerful guitars and anthemic hooks that the band excel at, and in true Anti-Flag form the song is uncompromising in its message—its lyrics striking directly at the "white neo-fascist supremacists" in positions of power who use oppression to maintain control over others.
The lyric video for "Christian Nationalist" utilizes the images of both politicians who have taken money from the NRA and that of perpetrators of recent mass shootings, learn more here.
Anti-Flag vocalist/guitarist, Justin Sane, provided further insight into the song's lyrics saying, “History is full of wealthy and powerful people using religion and cultism to justify policies of oppression and inequality. Invariably, these policies target the most vulnerable in society so that elites can maintain their dominance. Today we see this same strategy employed by right wing politicians all over the world. Just as the anti-fascists of the 1930’s and 1940’s rejected the fascist ideologies of their era, we reject the neo-fascists of this era. Theocracy is dangerous and inherently anti-democratic because it restricts individual choice and provides an avenue by which politicians can claim a moral superiority over “the other”. It gives political cover and justification for policies and actions which might otherwise be deemed morally objectionable, inhuman, or adverse to the best interest of the country.”
Anti-Flag have announced a lengthy run of European tour dates as well as a series of intimate U.S. shows including Mercury Lounge in New York City on October 31st, House Of Machines in Los Angeles on November 8th, and Reggies in Chicago on December 20th. More tour announcements to come, see full itinerary below.
Oct 31 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Nov 08 Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Machines
Dec 20 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Jan 08 Lisboa, PT @ RCA Club
Jan 09 Madrid, ES @ Caracol
Jan 10 Vitoria, ES @ Kubik
Jan 11 Zaragoza, ES @ Sala López
Jan 12 Barcelona, ES @ Estraperlo
Jan 14 Milano, IT @ HT Factory
Jan 16 Zurich, CH @ Dynamo
Jan 17 Graz, AT @ PPC
Jan 18 Vienna, AT @ Flex
Jan 19 Prague, CZ @ Roxy
Jan 21 Berlin, DE @ SO36
Jan 22 Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
Jan 23 Nuremberg, DE @ Löwensaal
Jan 24 Chemnitz, DE @ Talschock
Jan 26 Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
Jan 28 Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
Jan 29 Köln, DE @ Essigfabrik
Jan 30 Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat
Feb 02 Brighton, UK @ Chalk
Feb 04 London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington
Feb 05 Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
Feb 06 Birmingham, UK @ The Mill
Feb 07 Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
25.10.2019 - 20:07- Newsbeitrag
Anti-Flag Announce New Album 20/20 Vision
Due Out January 17th via Spinefarm Records
Share New Song "Hate Conquers All"
Announce EU, UK Tour Dates in 2020
Political punk icons, Anti-Flag, have just announced their brand new album, 20/20 Vision, due out January 17th from Spinefarm Records. To mark the announcement the band have shared 20/20 Vision's explosive opening track "Hate Conquers All" and teamed with Kerrang! to premiere the song's accompanying video.
For over two decades Anti-Flag have been at the forefront of socially conscious punk rock, tirelessly releasing music, touring, organizing, and introducing generations of fans to progressivism through fiery protest songs. With 20/20 Vision the Pittsburgh, PA based band prove that they have plenty of vitriol left, aiming to face the challenges of our chaotic socio-political time head on. Opener "Hate Conquers All" pulls no punches, immediately drawing a line in the sand against the fascistic hate mongering of the Trump administration and making it clear that 20/20 Vision is an album intended to explicitly address the here and now.
Watch the "Hate Conquers All" music video:
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Anti-Flag vocalist/bassist, Chris #2, provided further insight the new song and video, saying, “Love Trumps Hate. On the surface, this well packaged, well meaning sentiment does what it needs to... In the face of so much fear, inequality and despair, it provides hope. Hope that the path that we’re on isn’t an endless one, but one that can be defeated. And honestly I believe in the premise. That if you put love and positivity out into the universe it does combat negativity and it does come back or return, not always to us directly, but to someone. But the policies of Donald Trump and his administration are not just hateful. They’re racist, islamaphobic, homophobic, transphobic, and bigoted. It is a false equivalency. The language exists for a reason. Our focus should not only be on their hatred, but their outward and unabashed fascism. We shouldn’t just try to kill these things with love and kindness. We should be in the streets daily, demanding an end to racial, social, and economic injustice. The video for 'Hate Conquers All' is a visual experience of what a continuation of Trump policy and rhetoric holds. Climate devastation, racist/xenophobic immigration law and endless conflicts of interest serving his businesses and their partners. Watch the empire fall. Watch the nation dissolve. With our backs against the wall."
Anti-Flag have just announced a full U.S. tour set for the Spring of 2020, which will follow a lengthy run of UK and European dates, as well as a series of intimate U.S. shows in 2019. These dates include Mercury Lounge in New York City on October 31st, House Of Machines in Los Angeles on November 8th, and Reggies in Chicago on December 20th. A full list of dates can be found below.
20/20 Vision track list:
1. Hate Conquers All
2. It Went Off Like A Bomb
3. 20/20 Vision
4. Christian Nationalist
5. Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down
7. The Disease
8. A Nation Sleeps
9. You Make Me Sick
11. Resistance Frequencies
Tour Dates GSA:
16 Jan - Zurich, CH @ Dynamo
17Jan - Graz, AT @ PPC
18 Jan - Vienna, AT @ Flex
21 Jan - Berlin, DE @ SO36
22 Jan - Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
23 Jan - Nuremberg, DE @ Löwensaal
24 Jan - Chemnitz, DE @ Talschock
28 Jan - Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
29 Jan - Köln, DE @ Essigfabrik
25.10.2019 - 21:01
"Hate conquers all" ist der erste Anti-Flag-Song seit ein paar Jahren, der mir auf Anhieb richtig gefällt.
"Christian Nationalist" ist musikalisch ein bisschen zu bieder.
Aber jetzt wo die Band wieder ein ganz klares Feindbild hat, bin ich mal gespannt.
06.12.2019 - 19:06- Newsbeitrag
ANTI-FLAG premiere new song "Unbreakable" via Billboard music video directed by The Critics Company
New album 20/20 Vision due out January 17th
via Spinefarm Records
Political punk icons, Anti-Flag, recently announced their upcoming album, 20/20 Vision, due out January 17th from Spinefarm Records, and today the band have teamed with Billboard to premiere another new single "Unbreakable" and its accompanying music video.
For over two decades Anti-Flag have been at the forefront of socially conscious punk rock, tirelessly releasing music, touring, organizing, and introducing generations of fans to progressivism through fiery protest songs. With 20/20 Vision the Pittsburgh, PA based band prove that they have plenty of vitriol left, aiming to face the challenges of our chaotic socio-political time head on. The band pull no punches lyrically, immediately drawing a line in the sand against the fascistic hate mongering of the Trump administration and making it clear that 20/20 Vision is an album intended to explicitly address the here and now. "Unbreakable" is Anti-Flag at their best—defiant, hopeful, and undeniably catchy—and for its music video the band collaborated with The Critics Company, a collective of young filmmakers from Nigeria who've been gaining international acclaim with their impressive DIY short films.
Watch the "Unbreakable" music video via Billboard:
12.01.2020 - 22:49- Newsbeitrag
17.01.2020 - 19:44
Ich mochte die früher sehr, finde sie seit mindestens den letzten 2 Alben fürchterlich poppig und den Gesang irgendwie affektiert und aufgesetzt. Ich kann auf diesem Album gar nicht mehr auseinanderhalten, wer singt - Justin oder Chris -, so überproduziert ist der Sound.
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