Release Date: Nov 3, 2017
Record label: Spinefarm Records
Following the result of last year's U.S. election, it's no surprise that Anti-Flag have plenty to say. The politically engaged punk veterans sound like they have a renewed purpose on 10th album 'American Fall', which was co-produced by Good Charlotte's Benji Madden. Whether it's anti-war anthems ('American Attraction', 'Digital Blackout') or attacks on the forces of discrimination ('Racists'), frontman Justin Sane drives his points home with bile in his voice and a spring in his step.
'The malice in your voice is a god damn giveaway,' Pittsburgh punks Anti-Flag spit on the surprisingly upbeat (sound-wise) new single Racists, railing at hypocrites, contemporaries and a US political system so wrong that movements like #blacklivesmatter still have to exist. Anti-Flag believe passionately in the ability of music to fundamentally alter lives, big hooks or no big hooks, pop-punk or straight thrash. American Fall is their eleventh studio album since the band formed in 1996, and there's no compromise, no backing down.
The Upshot: Best protest band in the land is inspired in the era of Trump. BY JOHN B. MOORE It's practically cliché at this point to mention the role Conservative presidential administrations play in inspiring great punk rock. That being said, it's hard to think of a better band to rage against Trump and his racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic brand of politics than Anti-Flag.