Now Toronto spoke with Anti-Flag frontman Justin Sane about whether he viewed the George H. W. Bush or his son George W. Bush as the worst U.S. President of the two. Sane responded:
Jr., for sure. The devastation he’s brought upon the world, we may never recover from it: the Iraq War, the complete downfall of our economic system. This oil spill in the Gulf is a Bush legacy. Deep-water drilling wasn’t allowed before Bush became president. But Bush was an oil man, so he let everybody do whatever they wanted.
Check out the entire interview at nowtoronto.com.
Anti-Flag performed ‘Turncoat’ live at the Vanes Warped Tour 2009 in Ventura, California last month. Watch Altitude.tv footage below the cut. (more…)
Anti-Flag are out with the video to their new single ‘When All The Lights Go Out’, off the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania punk group’s ninth studio album ‘The People or the Gun’, out June 9th via SideOneDummy. Watch the Thom Glunt directed video below the cut. (more…)
Anti-Flag checked in with fans on their YouTube channel, reacting to news Barack Obama has been elected the 44th U.S. President. “We believe that this is a significant step in the right direction,” Justin Sane said. “However, it is only the first step. In this last election you saw gay rights being trampled. There were two initiatives in two states to do away with affirmative action programs, and both of those initiatives were passed. We still have a war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Civil liberties are being eroded away. Guantemo Bay is still there. There’s still so many issues that it’s up to us to put the pressure on our elected officials to make sure that we continue to progress in a positive direction.” Watch the message below.
Anti-Flag are out with the video to their new single ‘The Bright Lights Of America’, the title track to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania punk rock band’s eighth studio album, out now on RCA Records. Watch it below the fold.
Anti-Flag drummer Pat Thetic tells Beat magazine that the veteran band’s tour is giving them a chance to showcase material from the group’s forthcoming album ‘The Bright Lights of America’, set for release soon. “We have a new record that’s gonna be coming out in March/April of 08,” he told Daniel Hedger. “It’s called ‘Bright Lights of America’. We went in a bit of a different direction on this record; I’m really proud of it, it’s got a great sound to it and a good feel.”
The group channeled the anger they felt due to a recent tragedy into the music that makes up the group’s ninth album. “I don’t know if you’re familiar with our world,” Pat said. “But (bass player) # 2’s sister was murdered in January of ’07, so that definitely put us in a different direction a bit and made us look at things a little bit more on a personal level and a little less globally. So we were looking to do a record that captured some of those elements. In situations like that, where there’s nothing you can do, it just sucks everywhere; you’re like, well, when things suck in our world, what do we do? We play music and we try to communicate with people so let’s do this for ourselves and create something that will at least give us something positive to put our energy in rather than just being angry and frustrated and hurt and all the other emotions that come along with something like that.”
The full interview at beat.com.au has since been removed.
Anti-Flag bassist Chris #2, real name Chris Barker, spoke with Time Off magazine about America buying into the Bush administration’s politics of fear. “It’s unfortunate, but in America we live in a country full of misinformed people and the reason they’re misinformed is because they watch network news every day,” Chris #2 explained. “And that makes them afraid. And once they’re afraid they can’t help but continue to watch and have that cycle of fear over and over. We, as a band, are trying to break out of that.” The article at timeoff.com.au has since been removed.
Rock acts on television this week include The Panic Channel, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Monday; Razorlight, who perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Tuesday; Anti-Flag, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Tuesday; Cartel, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday; Mellowdrone, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Friday; and the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday.
Eighteen Visions, Bouncing Souls, Britt Black, Anti-Flag, Bullet For My Valentine, Promise Divine, Joan Jett, Less Than Jake, Rise Against, Saves The Day, and The Sounds performed at the 2006 Vans Warped Tour stop on Saturday (August 5) at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Watch highlights from several performances at YouTube. Additionally, pictures are available from GettyImages and WireImage.
Several clips from the Vans Warped Tour stop at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on Wednesday (August 2) have been posted online. Watch clips from Hellogoodbye, Silverstein, The Academy Is…, mewithoutYou, 30 Seconds To Mars, Aiden, Alexisonfire, Anti-Flag, The Pink Spiders, and Bullet For My Valentine at YouTube. Additionally, pictures are available from FilmMagic (Jared Leto backstage / show).