Anti-Flag

From17 January 2019to25 May 2019

Anti-Flag

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Pennsylvanian punk rock band Anti-Flag channeled their frustration with social oppression, unfair parsing of class sects, and imperialistic regime into cutting songs that bled with sincerity and equally catchy hooks. They approximated the harsh atonalities of hardcore originators like Black Flag but ingeniously dressed them in pop sheen.

Anti-Flag was initially formed in 1988 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; however within less than a year, it fell apart. Justin Sane (vocals/guitar) and Pat Thetic (drums) founded the group and recruited a line up that never seemed to stabilize. They played only one show before rupturing in 1989.

The group reformed in 1992, just 3 years after their dissolution. The band now a trio (as bassist Andy Flag joined Justin and Pat) put out a 17-song demo simply entitled “17 Songs”. The band did not release their studio debut “Die For the Government” until 4 years later. This same year they released a split EP “Reject” with punk contemporaries Against All Authority as well as the album “North America Sucks” yet another split release this time with the group d.b.s.

Following several line up changes the band released their second studio debut “Their System Doesn’t Work For You” through their own independent label “A-F Records”. By 1999 the band’s line up finally coalesced and they released their 3rd album “A New Kind of Army”, which featured a variety of potent political concerns such as police brutality, abortion, fascism etc…

The band opened the 2000s co-healing Vans Warped Tour, an event that would lead to their meeting with NOFX frontman, Fat Mike. The band found a shared mentality in music and politics and eventually decided to join his record label Fat Wreck Chords. Through this label, they released their 2001 album “Underground Network” as well as their 2003 album “The Terror State”. While the former of the two albums still focused heavily on political and social issues it was perceived largely as the band’s first release to break from the hardcore punk scene and head into the mainstream. The album’s booklet contained essays written by various intellects including, Boston University professor Howard Zinn. The group followed this album with their independently released record “Mobilize”, which focused heavily on the social context of post-911.

2005 marked the period in the band’s career when they would move to major label RCA. Anti-Flag sought to be heard on a larger scale and finally committed to joining a major label under the condition that they would maintain complete control over their career.

The band’s first release through this label was 2006’s “For Blood and Empire”. They supported this release with a lengthy US tour entitled “War Sucks Let’s Party” and returned to the studio to record “The Bright Lights of America” with acclaimed producer Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie, and Morrissey). Their next album “The People or the Gun” came out on 31 March 2009 through SideOneDummy, making it their first release on this label. The band promoted the album with a US tour alongside Aiden and the Cancer Bats and subsequently embarked on an Australian tour playing gigs and festivals such as Soundwave Festival with acts like AFI, Paramore, Escape the Fate, A Day to Remember, and HIM.

Anti-Flag continued touring, playing shows across Canada and South America. Around this time they also participated in events like Warped Tour and opened for well-known acts like System of a Down and My Chemical Romance. The group put out their 9th studio album “The Great Strike” in 2012 and followed it up with 2 releases in 2014: their EP “20 Years of Hell” and their compilation album “A Document of Dissent: 1993-2013”.

 

Thursday 17 January 2019

Anti-Flag

Stage West, Scranton, PA, US

 

Friday 18 January 2019

Anti-Flag

Lizard Lounge, Lancaster, PA, US

 

Saturday 19 January 2019

Anti-Flag

Freakfest 10 2019

Fête Music Hall, Providence, RI, US

 

Friday 08 March 2019 – Sunday 10 March 2019

Anti-Flag

Musink Festival 2019

OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA, US

 

Friday 26 April 2019

Anti-Flag

with Donots

Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany

 

Saturday 25 May 2019

Anti-Flag

Slam Dunk Festival 2019

Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, UK

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