Release Date: Jun 9, 2009
Record label: SideOneDummy
Genre(s): Rock, Punk
After spending a few years consorting with the big corporate enemy -- just long enough to make two albums that were commercially viable enough to reach the mainstream -- Anti-Flag jumped ship from RCA. The group chalked up their stint on a major label as a chance taken and an opportunity fulfilled, where they got their anti-authoritarianism /anti-establishment/anti-consumerist mission statements out to a broader range of kids, and after a switch to Side One Dummy, they vowed to return to the raw punk music of their roots. Ditching the slick production of For Blood and Empire and the especially glossy Tony Visconti produced Bright Lights of America for the grimier People or the Gun, their tenth album plays more like early day Rancid than latter day Green Day.
The People or the Gun meets any expectations a music fan has for an Anti-Flag record. It’s punchy, sometimes raw but mostly flavorsome punk rock. Anti-Flag sounds practiced, tight, and familiar, as most veteran punk bands should on their 7th studio album. There is little need to write with any depth about most of the songs because not a lot lot changes from one to the next.