Anti-Flag prep LP, touring w/ Stray From the Path, The White Noise, Sharptooth
Political pop punks Anti-Flag have been railing against the system for over two decades, and they've been far from silent during the Trump era. After Trump's election, they slammed him in an open letter, and pressed vinyl LPs with pieces of burnt American flags and donated the money to charities that fight against the injustices that the Trump administration perpetrates. Now they're set to release a new album, American Fall, on November 3 via Spinefarm Records (pre-order), and three fired-up singles are out from that, "American Attraction," "Racists," and "The Criminals." You can watch videos for all three below.
Anti-Flag are also going on the "Silence=Violence Tour" in 2018 with Stray From the Path, The White Noise and Sharptooth, and here's their statement on the tour:
The mission of the Trump regime has been clear from day one, the normalization of bigotry. Dangerous rhetoric has become dangerous policy that has put countless in harms way. It is the responsibility of all to be on the side of the marginalized and scapegoated and that is the goal of the aim of the Silence=Violence Tour.
No longer can we allow people to sit on the sidelines in the fight for social and economic justice. Inaction makes you complicit. If oppressed people demanding space and dignity in our society is what is making you uncomfortable, perhaps it is because you are a bigot or fascist? We must spread empathy, not apathy. Our aim is to do that at every show we play across the US.
Our society can maintain a status quo of violence and hatred, go back to masking that same hatred and violence in neoliberal wrapping paper, or forge a new society that is inclusive, egalitarian and just for all. It is our optimistic view, even in these dark times, that the latter is within reach.
Each band on this tour is predicated upon an ethic of caring about more than just themselves. To carve out a few hours in a day, in each city, where we can be comfortable in our own skin... free from racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, bigotry of any kind... this is not an opportunity that any of us tread upon lightly. We're excited to throw these small celebrations of unity in hopes that it can leave all that attend with a sense of community and organization that will help fuel our collective ability to create positive change and leave things better than we found them.
The tour wraps up in NYC on February 11 at Highline Ballroom (tickets). All dates are listed on the tour poster below. The tour goes on sale Friday (10/20).
Stray From the Path also rail against the Trump administration on their new album Only Death Is Real, which features the outraged single "Goodnight Alt-Right" (video below) and guest vocals from Jedi Mind Tricks' Vinnie Paz, Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley, and Knocked Loose's Bryan Garris.
Feminist metalcore band Sharptooth offered up some Trump hate of their own with the recent "Fuck You Donald Trump" single, which will appear on their debut album Clever Girl (due 10/27 via Pure Noise). Stream that, watch the video for the sexism-battling single title track, and also hear the just-released, homophobia-battling single "No Sanctuary," below. Sharptooth also play The Fest this month.
Anti-Flag -- 2017 Tour Dates
Oct 19 Glasgow, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland @ O2 Academy Glasgow
Oct 21 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
Oct 28 Toluca, Mexico @ KNOTFEST MÉXICO
Oct 30 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's*
Oct 31 Niagara Falls, NY @ The Rapids Theatre*
Nov 02 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*
Nov 03 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
Nov 04 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall*
Nov 05 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*
*w/ Flogging Molly