Anti-Flag recently announced their guest-filled concept album Lies They Tell Our Children and released lead single "LAUGH. CRY. SMILE. DIE." (ft. Silverstein's Shane Told) (which we named one of the best punk songs of July), and now they've shared the one that features Rise Against vocalist Tim McIlrath and Bad Religion/Minor Threat/Dag Nasty guitarist Brian Baker. Like the last single, it's exactly the kind of catchy, fist-raised, social justice punk anthem that Anti-Flag have excelled at for 25 years, and the Tim McIlrath-sung bridge is a very nice touch. Here's what the band says about it:

To us, this song is a unique demonstration of the power of community. Bringing in Tim and Brian was just to drive the nail home that this shit takes all of us. The predication of punk rock, to leave things better than you found them, to give a fuck about more than just yourself… The planet can't spare another day before we take massive steps to stop catastrophic, human-made disaster. Nuclear arsenals are on the rise. Millions are displaced around the world. From Ukraine to Yemen, there are currently 27 major conflicts on the planet. Corporate and terrorist networks are reaping massive profits from the bloodshed and division being sewn.

A growing international neo-fascist crusade is spreading across the world hell bent on furthering a movement rooted in racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and every other kind of bigotry imaginable. Extremist religious movements grow more emboldened to seize power over the world's governments enacting laws such as the Supreme Court has in the United States, where the human right to an abortion is being banned.

We are truly in the fight of our lives. It's a time to stand up and be counted. We are at a historic tipping point in human civilization where we can swing towards peace, empathy, optimism, justice, and human rights for all, or we can swing towards more of this ominous rising tide which has already brought so much inequality, pain and death.

Like the last single, the video was made by INDECLINE Activist Art Collective. Check it out and view A-F's upcoming tour dates below.

Rise Against are also on tour now, and Brian Baker's band Beach Rats just released their debut LP last month.

Anti-Flag -- 2022 Tour Dates
9/16—Burlington, VT—Higher Ground (With Brendan Kelly, Mint Green)
9/17—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall—ANTIfest (Early Show) With Mint Green*
9/17—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall—ANTIfest (Late Show) With Brendan Kelly*
9/18—Hamden, CT—Space Ballroom (With Brendan Kelly, Mint Green)
9/23—Birmingham, AL—Furnace Fest—Sloss Furnaces*
9/24—Charleston, SC—Music Farm (With Doll Skin, Teens in Trouble)
9/25—Louisville, KY@ Louder Than Life Festival—Highland Festival Grounds— KY Expo Center*
9/30—Washington, DC—Black Cat (With Suicide Machines, Catbite, Celebration Summer)
10/1—Pittsburgh, PA—Roxian Theatre—ANTIfest (With Four Year Strong, Microwave, Catbite, Dissidente)*
10/6—Boise, ID—The Shredder (With Bad Cop / Bad Cop, The Last Gang)
10/7—Seattle, WA—El Corazon (With Bad Cop / Bad Cop, The Last Gang)
10/8—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom—ANTIfest (With Good Riddance, Bad Cop/ Bad Cop, The Last Gang,The Macks)*
10/13—Richmond, VA—Canal Club
10/14—Virginia Beach, VA—Elevation 27
10/15—Sayreville, NJ —Starland Ballroom—ANTIfest (With Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Anti-Flag, Surfboart, The Black Tones, Catbite)*
10/29—Gainesville, FL—FEST 20—Bo Diddly Plaza*
10/30—Gainesville, FL—FEST 20—Bo Diddly Plaza*
11/4—Chicago, IL—The Metro—ANTIfest (With We Are The Union, Suicide Machines, Gully Boys, Blind Adam, and the Federal League)*
11/5—Detroit, MI—The Sanctuary (We Are The Union, Blind Adam and the Federal League)
11/6—Silverado, CA—Punk In The Park—Oak Canyon Park*
12/4—Phoenix, AZ—Crescent Ballroom (Doll Skin and With We Are The Union)
12/9—Buffalo, NY—Rec Room (With Cancer Bats and Plasmid)
12/10—Toronto, ON—Danforth Music Hall—ANTIfest (With Cancer Bats, Dilly Dally, Dead Tired, Indian Giver)*

*FESTIVAL DATE

WITH VULGAIRES MACHINS AND MUDIE:
11/12—Sherbrooke, QC—Granada Theater
11/13—Quebec City, QC—Imperial Bell
11/15—Joliette, QC—Salle Rolland-Brunelle
11/16—Ville de Saguenay, QC—Théâtre du Palais Municipal
11/18—Trois-Rivières, QC—Cabaret de l'Amphithéâtre Cogeco
11/19—Montreal, QC—MTELUS

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