It’s been 21 years since Anti-Flag unleashed their seminal debut album, Die For The
Government. Since then, Pittsburgh’s favorite rabble-rousers have kept fighting the
good fight, releasing barrage after barrage of politically charged punk rock albums.
Their newest record, American Fall, out today, November 3 on Spinefarm Records, is a tighter, more refined take on the band’s trademark sound and delivers big on the socio-political commentary. Something that’s especially relevant given these, turbulent times in the country.
“American Attraction” is a solid, opening foot stomper. Heavy on the rock, with a capital ‘R’ in the band’s punk rock quotient. The song’s performance/everyday American mashup is pretty rad as well. “The Criminals” immediately follows a faster tempo jam that will burrow its chorus into your skull wither you support its anti-capitalist aims or not. Justin Sane’s vocals are harsh enough to sound sincere, but inviting enough to get the casual rock listener to shout lyrics like: “reject the criminality that monetizes society.”
Produced by Benji Madden of Good Charlotte fame, sonically, American Fall sounds
just as clear and at times, soaring; as you’d expect with a pop-punk kingdom behind the
helm. Anti-Flag acknowledges that this was a conscious choice, hoping to capture
more ears than ever before during this perilous political environment that is America
2017. The pristine production and infectious songwriting makes American Fall a hell of a
seduction tool; fodder for the band’s left-wing punk fan base; but with enough
mainstream, rock sensibilities to lure average Joe radio folk into the fold as well.
Aside from the Oval office reference on the cover, Anti-Flag doesn’t directly take aim at
the current President/controversy magnet in The White House. Instead, Anti-Flag
continues hammering away at the toxic, authoritarian/conservative “ideals” that helped
put the guy in office in the first place. This works best on some of the albums faster,
blazing tracks like “Liar” and especially on “Racists” a song that calls out the “very fine
people” defense MAGA types use for Neo-Nazis and Confederate sympathizers. Give
American Fall a listen if you’re searching for an Anti-Trump rallying cry, or if you just like
solid rock ‘n’ roll tunes; the album was expertly crafted to exist as both.
To purchase American Fall, click here!