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Anti-Flag announce new album, share “Hate Conquers All”

Anti-Flag 20/20 Vision

Anti-Flag recently released the anti-fascism/white supremacy single “Christian Nationalist,” and now it’s been revealed that it’s the lead single off their upcoming album 20/20 Vision, which is due January 17 via the band’s own A-F Records and Spinefarm (pre-order). Regarding the themes on this LP, bassist/vocalist Chris #2 says, “We have actively chosen to not attack Presidents directly, either with album art or songs about certain times in history, because we recognize that the issues we’re dealing with are cyclical. But this record in particular, we kind of said, well fuck that, we need to be on the record in opposition to the policies of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.”

Guitarist/vocalist Justin Sane adds, “This record is a warning to people holding neofascist ideas or people who are enabling these types of positions, whether you’re outright racist or you’re enabling racism or sexism or homophobia or transphobia. You need to make a choice at this point. What we’ve seen with this White House is that there’s no grey area anymore.”

Along with the album announcement comes the release of opening track “Hate Conquers All,” a total ripper that begins with a sample of Trump speaking at a rally. “What I found compelling about that particular Trump sample is that it’s the quintessential move that he pulls, which is: Say the thing into the world early, so that when it happens later, people are already accustomed to it,” says Chris #2. “The song is a kneejerk reaction to the idea of Love Trumps Hate and this idea that love can beat back hatred. That equates racism with hatred. That’s a false equivalence of what the language should be. If you’re racist, you’re racist. You don’t just hate people. It should be considered a much more vile term.” It’s just as powerful a song as you’d expect from this band at this point, and it’s got the kind of hook you can picture thousands of fans screaming back in Anti-Flag’s faces at their shows. Listen and watch the video below.

Anti-Flag will be in the NYC-area for an in-store/signing at Long Island’s Looney Tunes on 10/30 and then for a sold-out, BrooklynVegan-presented show at Mercury Lounge on Halloween, and they have a few other U.S. one-offs this year after that. In 2020, they’ll head out on a proper North American tour, including a run with Grade 2 that hits Asbury Park’s House of Independents on 3/17 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

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Tracklist
1. Hate Conquers All
2. It Went Off Like A Bomb
3. 20/20 Vision
4. Christian Nationalist
5. Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down
6. Unbreakable
7. The Disease
8. A Nation Sleeps
9. You Make Me Sick
10. Un-American
11. Resistance Frequencies

Anti-Flag — 2019/2020 Tour Dates
10/30 West Babylon, NY @ Looney Tunes (in-store and signing)
10/31 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge SOLD OUT
11/08 Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Machines SOLD OUT
12/17 Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
12/20 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
01/08 Lisboa, PT @ RCA Club
01/09 Madrid, ES @ Caracol
01/10 Vitoria, ES @ Kubik
01/11 Zaragoza, ES @ Sala López
01/12 Barcelona, ES @ Estraperlo
01/14 Milano, IT @ HT Factory
01/16 Zurich, CH @ Dynamo
01/17 Graz, AT @ PPC
01/18 Vienna, AT @ Flex
01/19 Prague, CZ @ Roxy
01/21 Berlin, DE @ SO36
01/22 Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
01/23 Nuremberg, DE @ Löwensaal
01/24 Chemnitz, DE @ Talschock
01/26 Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
01/28 Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
01/29 Köln, DE @ Essigfabrik
01/30 Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat
02/02 Brighton, UK @ Chalk
02/04 London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington
02/05 Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
02/06 Birmingham, UK @ The Mill
02/07 Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
03/12 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral%
03/13 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground*
03/15 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall%
03/17 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents%
03/18 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom*
03/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry%
03/20 – College Park, MD @ MilkBoy ArtHouse*
03/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade @ Purgatory%
03/24 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In*
03/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop%
03/27 – Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room*
03/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre*
05/03 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Bar^
05/05 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground^
05/06 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme^
05/08 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall^
05/10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre^
05/12 – Dallas, TX @ Dada^
05/13 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda^
05/14 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace^
05/20 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish^
05/21 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium at The Catalyst^
05/27 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver^
05/28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre^
05/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall^
05/30 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile^

* w/ Grade 2 and Doll Skin
% w/ Grade 2
^ w/ Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Grumpster

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