Release Date: Mar 20, 2012
Record label: Side One Dummy
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival
Review Summary: A solid set of tunes for the pinko bastard in all of us.Anti-Flag have come a long way from their beginnings as a bunch of kids who spent too much of their time listening to Operation Ivy and Crass records. Their once overtly blunt and juvenile “fuck it all” politics have now been honed and crafted into viable critiques of the American system that are far removed from their “You gotta die for your country, that's shit!” days, although the same sentiments can still be found. They hit their stride with New Kind of Army's rallying cry and carried it through the Bush administration before losing their way with the help of RCA records.
‘The General Strike’ is the eighth studio album from punk rock veterans Anti-Flag. Packed with 12 thought-out protest anthems, this record is perhaps their most powerful offering to date. At 27 minutes-long ‘The General Strike’ may be the shortest album this band has ever produced but it’s lined with punchy punk fury from the minute frontman Justin Sane screams, “No justice in a legal system backed by criminals,” in opener ‘Controlled Opposition’.
Pittsburgh punks prove that, for some, the times they aren’t a-changin’. Ian Winwood 2012 In the days before the internet, fans of underground US punk would gather in record shops such as Rough Trade and Slam City Skates off the Portobello Road, or Shades in Soho, wondering which of that month’s unheard import releases might be worth buying. For the more hardcore (or callow) customer, one gauge of an album’s likely appeal would be the average duration of the songs contained on each album.