The Swellers are in the process of getting their next band together for No Sleep Records, and the band recently spoke about how the honestly of their new release and the personality of their fan base at shows. Check out what the band had to say below after the jump.
The Swellers Sign To No Sleep Records
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?
It’s the end of the weekend again, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendations Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team recommend both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Taking Back Sunday - MakeDamnSure
In seventh grade, I sought after more music. I had tasted the alt. scene with Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is…, and The All American Rejects, but wanted something a bit heavier. Enter Taking Back Sunday. On a whim, I asked the friend who had introduced me to the scene to get me more music, and his suggestion was to look up Taking Back Sunday. Of course at the time, the first thing I hear from them is this song, it’s music video all over Fuse. I immediately was set on loving this band. I went and downloaded ‘Louder Now’, but then dove right into their old self-titled and ‘Where You Want To Be.’ If that wasn’t enough to sell me on the band, with songs like “This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know) and “Number Five With A Bullet,” I stumbled across ‘Tell All Your Friends’ with one of my favorite songs, “Timberwoves At New Jersey.” I can credit my love for this scene with a few bands, but TBS’ “MakeDamnSure” made damn sure I stayed in love. - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)
I Am The Avalanche - Is This Really Happening?
I’ve spent the last few months studying abroad in London and, while I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, it has made me realize something: There is no city like New York. Cliché as it might sound, New York really does have a distinctive style all its own: a living, breathing personality that cannot be replicated. And I Am The Avalanche captures this phenomena better than Jay-Z and Alicia ever could. I didn’t think it was possible but I love New York City more than yesterday. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Envy On The Coast – Suckerpunch *Song is not on Spotify
It’s one of the most nostalgic times of the year and I’ve been reflecting on some of my favorite memories of college. Most of them involved escaping college and one of the best involved Envy On The Coast. There are very few bands that I would drive 11 hours in one day for, but when I heard that EOTC was breaking up, I knew that there was no way I could miss their final show. I had recently gotten a knee surgery and I knew that it would be hard to avoid getting crazy while seeing one of my favorite bands play for the last time, so I wore a skirt in hopes that my dignity would keep me stationary in the back if the risk of hurting myself wouldn’t. As soon as the band came back onstage for an encore with Suckerpunch, that plan went out the window. To this day, I have a torn ACL and a cavity that no band has been able to fill since the last time I saw Envy play. - Alyssa McKinley (@AlyssaOhNo)
New End Original - 14-41
Because Jade Tree has released some fantastic records. Because we start blind and end up dumb. Because college. Because this song is brilliant and evocative and sad. Because if you haven’t heard this song, you HAVE TO. - Marc Gary Gray (@marcgarygray)
Toh Kay - With Any Sort Of Certainty *Song is not on Spotify
The legal drama between Streetlight Manifesto and Victory Records is well documented, and one of the most troubling parts was the recent cancellation of the Toh Kay acoustic version of The Hands That Thieve. When Toh Kay released the first single and accompanying animated video I was stunned. Streetlight had been one of my favorite bands since the first time I ever heard “Point/ Counterpoint” and I could not wait to hear a reinterpretation of all of their new songs, but as usually happens with Streetlight, Victory Records got in the way and the album was abruptly shelved. While I have heard that the album can be found online, and Tomas has been quoted as saying “there is a Torrent of methods to accomplish this, and Google is your always loyal friend” as well as “If you want to steal our music, that’s fine, because that just means that some asshole who lives in a mansion can’t live in a bigger mansion,” the fact of that the matter is that if I could pay for this album I would, but due to stubbornness not only Victory Records not be making any money, but more importantly neither will Tomas Kalnoky and the rest of Streetlight Manifesto. - Connor Sheehan (@ConnorPOZ)
The Offspring - Turning Into You
For the last three plus weeks now, I’ve been on a huge Offspring kick, and no matter how hard I try (not at all), I just can’t seem to shake it. “Turning Into You” is a song from the band’s last record Days Go By , an album that didn’t get nearly enough attention as it deserves. Sure, The Offspring are band in the twilight of their career, but they’re still fully capable of writing great songs, and this one is no exception. It has a little bit of a Rise Against vibe at times, but the chorus is classic Offspring, and that’s never a bad thing. Give it a listen. - Brandon Allin (@allinbr)
Glocca Morra- Ya’ll Boot Hats? (Die Angry)
When I first relocated to Philadelphia, Glocca Morra was one of two bands that I felt that I needed to see right away. I had the opportunity of seeing them at Fest 11 and this song was the song that made me fall in love with this band. If you’re in a bad mood, please put this song on. Within the first few seconds you will have a smile on your face. Every time this song comes on I get up and dance. Glocca Morra is such a fun band to watch and definitely a band worth seeing in a room full of people just as hyped up and sweaty. Listen to this song and see this band, for your sake. - Allison Newbold (@allisonnewbold)
Warped Tour has announced the next eight bands playing its festival this summer, which includes a Story Of The Year ten year reunion tour. Check out the additions and full Warped lineup below by clicking “Read More.”