Release Date: Apr 1, 2008
Record label: RCA
Genre(s): Rock, Punk
Although a label like “political punk” can be too limiting, placing a band’s ideology and outspokenness ahead of the actual music, Anti-Flag have always successfully bridged substance and style. Their work is rife with diatribes against corruption and the current White House administration, and the music itself is constantly challenging and reshaping the mould. On their seventh disc, the music successfully carries the message, thanks in no small part to Bowie/Morrissey/T.
For their second major-label release and eighth overall, Anti-Flag made the intriguing choice of working with producer Tony Visconti, the semi-legend who has worked with Bowie, T-Rex and Morrissey. In theory, then, The Bright Lights of America was primed to be a heady mix of the band’s anthemic pop-punk and some quirky glam hooks. Depending on your taste, that might be a good thing.