Pittsburgh political punk band Anti-Flag have just announced a new acoustic album American Reckoning, set to be released on Spinefarm Records on September 28th. The album features acoustic versions of songs from their past two albums, as well as covers of songs that inspired them.
Anti-Flag have released a new music video for the acoustic version of "The Debate Is Over (If You Want It). The video was filmed in the band's hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, and directed by Josh Massie and Anti-Flag. Anti-Flag began a full US tour with Rise Against and AFI on July 28th.
"When you’re a band that has been together as long as Anti-Flag has you take nothing for granted. We have far exceeded any personal expectations we have had for the band, our art and the reach that it has had. This chapter of our band started with the hope of American Spring, the anger of American Fall and comes to cessation with American Reckoning...
This piece focuses on songs from both records (Spring/Fall) that we felt maintain their relevance, even in the distraction politic Donald Trump America, where issues and truth are distorted in a seconds time. We also wanted to provide insight into our influences that lead us to write the records, that’s where the covers come in. They are songs that people may not expect to be influential to Anti-Flag records but either in their messaging or sonics they were tremendously impactful to us as individuals and hence the song writing process.
We can not be knee jerk reactionary to a president that uses corporate media to endlessly lie, we created statements and art that we feel directly combat these tactics, American Reckoning has allowed us to revisit some of those previous statements and shine new light on them." - Anti-Flag
Anti-Flag have recently announced a UK/Euro tour this fall with Silverstein, Cancer Bats, and Worriers, as well as two ANTIfest indoor festival shows. ANTIfest is the band's own festival they have hosted in various locations in Europe, UK, and the U.S. since 2012.
American Reckoning Track Listing:
01. The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)
02. Trouble Follows Me
03. American Attraction
04. When The Wall Falls
06. Set Yourself On Fire
07. Brandenburg Gate
08. Gimme Some Truth (John Lennon cover)
09. For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
10. Surrender (Cheap Trick cover)
The band have posted a stream of the opening track, "The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)", which you can check out here: