The first Anti-Flag release on L.A. based label SideOneDummy starts off fast and furious as Chris #2 takes aim at those who use the Bible to control the masses. If the album’s second track, ‘The Economy is Suffering… Let It Die’, isn’t nearly as reckless, it’s just as impassioned, as Justin Sane weighs in on the government bailouts of 2008, asking “Where are all the bailouts for the homeless and the poor?” It’s just the sort of question bands like Anti-Flag were born to ask.
After fulfilling their two-record contract with RCA Records, the band built a studio in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to cut their first release for SideOneDummy. By having their own studio and not having to work on any schedule but their own, they’ve been able to create statements and music that is relevant and timely – back to basics, back on their own terms, with their own sound.
In addition to raising funds/gathering necessities for those who need it most (via canned food drives for local food banks/clothing drives for the homeless), they’ve created the non-profit organizations Military Free Zone (combating a provision in the No Child Left Behind act that invades students’ privacy for Military Recruitment purposes) and Underground Action Alliance (a networking site for social justice). As Chris #2 says, “This is an extension of what our vision of punk rock is, was, and will always be."