Anti-Flag's 'The General Strike' delivers revolution

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March 8, 2012 8:48 am
  • Anti-Flag -- Pat Thetic, Chris #2, Chris Head and Justin Sane -- return home for a show at Altar Bar.
    Anti-Flag -- Pat Thetic, Chris #2, Chris Head and Justin Sane -- return home for a show at Altar Bar.
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This week, Bruce Springsteen releases a new album that addresses the country's hard economic times in a heartfelt, hopeful, nuanced manner, employing everything from swelling gospel to Celtic folk-rock.

For the louder, faster, angrier version, you can rely on Anti-Flag, which follows two weeks later with "The General Strike," its ninth album and second for SideOneDummy.

Like with 2009's "The People or the Gun," the Pittsburgh band reverts to its early thrashy punk sound to call for revolution on songs such as "The Ranks of the Masses Rising" and "Controlled Opposition." Anti-Flag doesn't issue punk policy statements or pinpoint issues, as it's done in the past. This album is more about tapping into the energy of the Occupy movements, which the band visited last year while on the road. "This is class war/what are you waiting for!" the band hollers on "Nothing Recedes Like Progress."

Anti-Flag

With: The Flatliners, Have Nots, The Vipers.

Where: Altar Bar, Strip.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: $15; all ages. 1-877-435-9849; www.ticketfly.com. Everyone attending will receive an exclusive download card, featuring three songs from "The General Strike" and two unreleased exclusive songs. Also, CD and vinyl copies of the album will be available for purchase.

"I think that there's a level of desperation on the record that I personally feel," says singer Justin Sane. "This is a time for people to get energized and make a change. Right now, you have so many people not only feeling we need a change in the country, especially when it comes to things like economic justice, but there's actually people on the streets in a way we haven't seen in this country when it comes to social issues. We saw it with the anti-war marches, but we definitely haven't seen it with these basic issues of social justice and income equality. I think the Occupy thing is so exciting in calling attention to an issue that most Americans weren't aware of -- most weren't aware that the top 1 percent owned so much of this country's wealth. So, the record does focus on that concept."

Scott Mervis: smervis@post-gazette.com; 412-263-2576; Twitter: @scottmervis_pg; blog: www.post-gazette.com/popnoise.
First Published 2012-03-07 23:34:09

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