The seventh full-length Anti-Flag release, "The People or the Gun" hits June 9, 2009. The first Anti-Flag release on SideOneDummy starts off fast and furious as Chris #2 takes aim at those who use the Bible to control the masses. If the album's second track, "The Economy is Suffering, Let It Die," isn't nearly as reckless, it's just as impassioned, as Justin Sane weighs in on the government bailouts of 2008, asking "Where are all the bailouts for the homeless and the poor?" It's just the sort of question bands like Anti-Flag were born to ask. And there are plenty of those moments on "The People or the Gun."
After fulfilling their two-record contract with a major, RCA Records, the band built a studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, their hometown, to cut their first release for SideOneDummy. By having their own studio and not having to work on any schedule but their own, they feel they're able to create statements and music that is relevant and timely - on their own terms.
As much as Pittsburgh has defined them, though, they've always done their best to take their message to the world at large. The band has plans to tour Russia, Estonia, Latvia, the U.K and South America. They will also be a one of the headliners of this summer's Vans Warped Tour.
Drummer Pat Thetic says "It's become a main priority to put the emphasis of our band and every show we play on community, whether it be canned food drives for local food banks, raising money to build wells in Africa, which we did on our U.S. tour, or clothing drives for the homeless on our Canadian tour."
In addition to raising funds for those who need it most, they've created the non-profit organizations Military Free Zone (combating a provision in the No Child Left Behind act that invades students' privacy for Military Recruitment purposes) and Underground Action Alliance (a networking site for social justice). As Chris #2 says, "This is an extension of what our vision of punk rock is, was, and will always be."
A portion of the proceeds from the new album's pre-sale on the SideOneDummy website will be donated to Amnesty International.
1. Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C. (Sheep in Shepherds Clothing)
2. The Economy is Suffering, Let It Die
3. The Gre(A)t Depression
4. We Are The One
5. You Are Fired (Take This Job)
6. This Is The First Night
7. No War Without Warriors (How Do You Sleep?)
8. When All The Lights Go Out
9. On Independence Day
10. The Old Guard
11. Teenage Kennedy Lobotomy
Worldwide Release dates:
June 5th - Germany, Austria & Switzerland
June 8th - UK and rest of Europe
June 9th - USA, Canada, Japan and Australia
Upcoming Tour dates:
May 21 - Hellendoorn - Dauwpop Festival (Netherlands)
May 21 - Ysselsteyn - Jera On Air Festival (Netherlands)
May 24 - Leeds - Slam Dunk Festival (UK)
May 26 - Brussels - AB Box Club (Belgium)
May 27 - Utretcht - Tivoli (Netherlands)
May 28 - Copenhagen - Loppen (Denmark)
May 30 - Hassleholm - Siesta Festival (Sweden)
June 19 - Zurich - Abart (Switzerland)
June 20 - Southside Festival (Germany)
June 21 - Hurricane Festival (Germany)
June 26/August 12 - 2009 Warped Tour (USA)