The 2013 Fat Wreck Chords Tour is here with Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Masked Intruder, and Get Dead, and we’re stoked to have all of the bands together for a new Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Summer is officially over here in Florida, The unbearable heat takes the backseat to “kinda hot” during the day and ” I almost can wear this hoodie” at night. This time of year people are less crazy, yelling less often and generally drunk later. This is my time to ratchet up the coffee consumption and it’s also the time to listen to less reggae but not quite the middle of winter when I listen to blast beat death metal. This time of year calls for music that’s like a jolt of the blackest coffee, it’s the time of year to look forward to next summer already. Summer is officially over in Florida and it’s ok by me. - Vinnie Fiorello
Bi**lly Bragg - Richard
Always open a mix with a tug on the heart strings. Billy is untouchable.
The Menzingers - Good Things
I never will not listen to this song. It’s stuck with me since I
saw them play it love months before “on the impossible…” came out.
Arcade Fire.- Reflektor
New jam. It’s too long. But I don’t care. The band is loved by many and I am one of them.
Dead Kennedys.- Straight A’s *Song is not on Spotify
This song connected with me so much at 15. It made me want to make songs that connected with people the same way.
The Clash - Jimmy Jazz
Most underrated track on London Calling. It was always my favorite. A controversial pick for sure.
The Marked Men - A Little Time
It’s turning fall. But this song sounds like Indian summer.
Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
Everyone should listen to Muddy. If you don’t own some sort of collection of his, do yourself a favor and get one.
Tilly and The Wall - Chandelier Lake
I heard this song once the other day. I’ve always liked tilly and the wall, but I really loved this track.
The Flatliners - Drown In Blood
Chris’ voice on this record is amazing. He told me he wrote some of this song on our Australian tour last year which is rad.
Worlds Scariest Police Chases – Americunt *Song is not on Spotify
In the studio with these guys, numerous times they pushed my comfort level with their lyrics on the line of challenging and PC’ness or offensiveness. But they always came out on the side of hilarious and taking the piss out of ourselves. I can’t wait for this record to be released and see how the world reacts to their insanity. - Chris #2
It’s near Halloween so I’ve been listening to a lot of dark and creepy stuff lately.
Those Poor Bastards – Deep in the Mud
I’ve been listening to a lot of Those Poor Bastards lately. They are from Madison, Wisconsin and they actually wrote the song Pills I Took, that Hank Williams III covered on his album Straight to Hell. My favorite song by them is probably either Deep in the Mud or Drown in the River.
Nick Cave – The Curse of Millhaven
Another guy who’s real creepy and fun to listen to around this time is Nick Cave. One of my favorite songs of his is the Curse of Millhaven because it’s about a girl who seems… interesting.
Murder City Devils – Idle Hands
The Murder City Devils are always good creepy punk rock. It also seems like there’s always a rumor that they are back together and coming out with a new album soon. I really hope that’s not just a rumor. One of my favorites from them is Idle Hands.
Alkaline Trio – Private Eye
Private Eye by Alkaline Trio is another great tune. They are nice and creepy and that one actually has something to do with crime.
Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack features today with drummer Dan Bourke of Stray From The Path. The band just released Anonymous, so make sure to pick it up here.
From Dan Bourke:
While you might be surprised, most of us in Stray From The Path have almost polar opposite taste in music. I may be the only Anti Flag fan in the bunch. but this band had such a tremendous impact on my childhood and my songwriting to this day.
I started listening to music at a abnormally young age, and it wasnt long until i found bands like Alice in Chains, Guns n Roses, and Rage Against the Machine. Rage specifically was a Band that had such an amazing agenda, and brought it to your everyday mainstream “Rock” fan. But it wasnt until luckily i found out underground music existed, and there was this band called Anti Flag, that for me, was more on my level, more of a band that i could look at as a peer. I felt much more able to relate with their straight forward and honest approach to writing. Anti Flag had a shit ton to say, and they didnt make it hard for you to decode in their lyrics. They were not afraid to put it all out there. They never broke through as any mainstream band unfortunatly because i know if the masses got to listen to them and hear what they had to say the way i did, things might be a bit different. I was very young when i found them, and in no way did they brainwash me like my mother would say, they offered ideas in their songs that their is more to this world then what you may see/hear/read. Even to this very day at 27 years old me and my mother were having a political debate recently, and i ended up saying something that was a direct 6 word quote from a song of theirs. Free thinking is huge, and this band helped me realize this long ago.
Less Than Jake Announce New Record ‘See The Light’
Anti-Flag's first 20 Years Of Hell 7” split has been announced, and it’s with Worlds Scariest Police Chases. The 7” features three Anti-Flag songs, including a re-recorded bonus track version of “Police Story” that only subscribers have access to, and PropertyOfZack is very excited to be streaming the song today. Pick up the 7” here and stream the re-recorded version of “Police Story” below!
Anti-Flag have announced their first 7” split with Worlds Scariest Police Chases as part of their 20 Years Of Hell series Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.
Anti-Flag will be releasing a six volume subscription 7” series this year called 20 Years Of Hell to celebrate their history as a band. The A-side of each release will feature an Anti-Flag song with the b-side featuring a song by a younger band. Check out the AF side’s below after the jump.!
POZ Decade: Anti-Flag - A 20 Year Celebration
Our PropertyOfZack the Decade feature has been incredibly fun for us to launch over the past few months to celebrate ten year anniversaries of some of our favorite albums. Today’s feature is going to be a little different though. Anti-Flag are not celebrating a ten year album anniversary this year, but they are celebrating a 20 year anniversary as a band. We’re helping them do that today.
We have commentary from Anti-Flag themselves, Man Overboard, Code Orange Kids, Pentimento, Skinny Lister, The Braces, The Architects, Blacklist Royals, and Modern Baseball on multiple aspects of AF’s career over the past 20 years, and we think it’s pretty special.
SideOneDummy Records is also being incredibly rad and offering POZ viewers 20% off on their entire webstore until Thursday, May 16th with the code “POZ.” So check out the webstore here, AF’s 20 year anniversary tour dates here, and the whole Decade feature below!
Skinny Lister on Anti-Flag’s influence
Anti-Flag has a way of inspiring not just their fans, but their friends as well. I fell in love with Anti-Flag in high school and for years they were the anthem of my youth. Later while playing in The A.K.A.s, I got to meet them and tour with them and was happy to learn that the quality of people in the band ran just as deep as the quality of their music. Anti-Flag will always be a band for the people, and I am honored to call them friends. - Michael Camino (@skinnylister)
Code Orange Kids on A New Kind of Army
The first punk CD I ever owned was Anti-Flag’s A New Kind of Army. One of the first shows I went to was getting to see Anti-Flag in Pittsburgh. Both of these experiences shaped my musical palette as a lil’ guy. I read up on social issues and got in the push pit. It was tight. – Jami Morgan (@codeorangekids)
If there is one thing you wanted people to know about AF that they do not already know, what would it be?
Chris #2: We have fun. A lot of fun! We believe that being in a band should be fun. Not everything is about the politics of the band. That’s why we chose music. Because we are humans, we enjoy life, we want others to as well. In conjunction with that we believe that having a social conscience is important and making a statement is necessary to create change in the world. The truth is that people can have great lives and reach success without fucking over each other and the planet.
Modern Baseball on Chris #2’s bass riffs
My first exposure to Anti-Flag was when I was about 12 or 13 and I first discovered Fat Wreck’s Rock Against Bush comps with the band’s “School For Assassins” on it. After hearing that track, they quickly became one of my favorite bands because they were playing cool punk rock and singing about stuff they were super passionate about, which is a trait that was somewhat lacking in punk bands at the time. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been listening to Die For Your Government and The Terror State for about eight years now and even crazier to think they had been a band for twelve years before that. Not too many bands have it in them to put out records with such energy for so long. When I first started playing bass, Chris #2 was one of my favorite bassists and hell - he still is. Dude rips awesome bass lines left and right in a way that no one else can, which totally sets Anti-Flag from other punk bands like them. I mean, just listen to “Turncoat.” That last chorus is like insane bass riffage. I wish I was that good. Anyway, my point is I love that band and I’m super stoked that they’ve been around this long and I’m even more stoked to see them again at Bled Fest this year. – Ian Farmer (@modernbaseball)
If you could change one thing about your career what would you alter?
Chris #2: That’s interesting. I don’t like to really entertain scenarios like this because no matter what you’ve done, unless its harm someone physically, most of what happens in a music career is based on creative instinct and what is right for you at the time. So, it’s easy to have hindsight, but the butterfly effect of that change could alter everything else. One thing that nags us is that we should have trimmed the fat on some early songs. Some are way too long!
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment over the last 20 years?
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
FTSK And The Master Blaster
The Postal Service - Give Up
The Best Album Openers
Stick To Your Guns on Propagandhi
The Industry With Jesse Cannon
Anti-Flag 20 Year Anniversary Shows - Webster Hall [Ends on May 1st]
Greeley Estates - Devil Son
The Braces - Two Years
Forever Came Calling, Heart To Heart, Last Call [Now-04/21]
It’s A Spring Fling [05/24]
BoySetsFire, No Trigger, Pentimento, Light Years, Maker [05/24-05/26]
Songs Of The South Fest [07/20-07/21]
PropertyOfZack is stoked to be teaming up the Studio At Webster Hall in New York City to give away a pair of tickets to see Anti-Flag on May 18th and May 19th for their 20 year anniversary shows. The contest will end on May 1st, so find out how to enter below!
To win tickets to AF in NYC you must do each of the following things:
Anti-Flag and Hostage Calm have been destined to make a split together. Hostage Calm is one of the most important bands in the scene right now, not only because they make some of the best music but also because their stances and participation in social issues are incredible. And Anti-Flag has been the voice against corruption in the government for the past 20 years, and is also a very important band standing up for social issues.
The split kicks off with Hostage Calm at its absolute finest with “Olly Olly Oxen Free,” a continuation of what the band did on last years fantastic Please Remain Calm. The song has little to do with hide and seek, but it makes you want to sing along and shout back the lyrics with the windows down on a nice summer day. The track contains everything that a Hostage Calm song should have: a great bass line, some sleigh bells, and a little bit of a punk edge. The band progresses so much with every release and it’s going to be painful waiting for one.
It would have been hard for most bands to match up to Hostage Calm’s song on this split, but Anti-Flag did a great job with “Branded Rebellion,” a sound that’s much different then their usual in-your-face punk. It’s safe to say that this is the best song that Anti-Flag has released in the past couple years. While the song would be a lot better off without the intro, the rest of it is exactly what Anti-Flag should do with their next album.