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Anti-Flag unveil new album "Lies They Tell Our Children" on Jan. 06 + Our "Album Of The Month"
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In times of uncertainty, marked by corruption, fear and war, there is always hope, which is embodied by bands like Anti-Flag. On January 6, their latest album "Lies They Tell Our Children" will be released, which delivers a strong message in the usual rebellious tone.
Our "Album Of The Month" for January.
There is hardly a band that speaks so openly about the political situation in the world as Anti-Flag. Since their founding, the band has stood for a straightforward punk sound that speaks out against capitalism and social inequality. They not only write about current problems, but also stand up for their convictions. The anti-war demonstration alone, which they organized together with author Michael Moore at the beginning of the Iraq war, clearly spoke volumes and was also one of the largest of its kind at that time. Anti-Flag want to change something with their sound and make this clear in their new album.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of their founding, which is reason enough to also release a new album. But especially the current situation in the world and the gap between rich and poor are reasons that Anti-Flag address in their latest work.
"Lies They Tell Our Children" is more than an album. It is rather an attitude towards putting people as individuals above money. The theme of social inequality, imperialism and the world political situation is clearly taken up here and accompanied by dynamic, sometimes aggressive rhythms, which give the songs a certain emphasis. Justin tells about it:
”How did we get to this place where we have so much wealth inequality, inequality that only grew during the pandemic, while people were desperate? You’re rolling toward a trainwreck and meltdown when that’s the case. Extreme profits for a very few people; it is completely unsustainable, and is an important theme throughout the record.”
Anti-Flag fans will not be disappointed with their new album, that much can be said in advance. It combines the band's classic sound with modern elements and gains in scope for the message the band wants to send out through the multitude of guest appearances. For this purpose, they have taken a star contingent of different musicians, which leaves nothing to be desired, from Rise Against, the Toten Hosen, Bad Religion to Silverstein . Especially the song with Campino has become an absolute anthem, which we hope to hear live soon.
Punk remains punk here and is transported unadorned and directly to the listener. "Lies They Tell Our Children" not only deals with the past and present problems of our society, but also points to the challenges that future generations will have to overcome. Chris #2 explains:
“There was no preconceived notion of what either of us was bringing to the table, and no egos were involved. It was just people who respected each other’s work and were prepared to do it in a way that was workman-like. I think you can hear that in the songs, there is an urgency and that’s how we recorded them. We wanted to stay on task and knew what we wanted both sonically and politically. I don’t think we’ve worked this hard on songs since 2006 with For Blood And Empire.”
With this album, Anti-Flag not only present a very honest work that hits the nerve of the time, but have also created a soundtrack that the world needs more than ever. Our magazine is impressed by such a coherent album and a concept that tries to do more than just inspire, which is why the title "Album Of The Month" for January is more than deserved.
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