Amer­i­can Fall

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - everett true

Anti-Flag are still an­gry. And they want you to know it.

‘The mal­ice in your voice is a god damn give­away,’ Pitts­burgh punks Anti-Flag spit on the sur­pris­ingly up­beat (sound­wise) new sin­gle Racists, rail­ing at hyp­ocrites, con­tem­po­raries and a US po­lit­i­cal sys­tem so wrong that move­ments like #black­lives­mat­ter still have to ex­ist.

Anti-Flag be­lieve pas­sion­ately in the abil­ity of mu­sic to fun­da­men­tally al­ter lives, big hooks or no big hooks, pop-punk or straight thrash. Amer­i­can Fall is their eleventh stu­dio al­bum since the band formed in 1996, and there’s no com­pro­mise, no back­ing down. The anger keeps churn­ing, the hooks keep build­ing. Amer­i­can At­trac­tion be­gins slow, omi­nous, be­fore threat­en­ing to top­ple all be­fore its fierce sar­casm; Liar thrashes fu­ri­ously; When The Wall Falls is one more ska-tinged call-toarms of friends and al­lies of Amnesty, Oc­cupy To­gether and Green­peace. It’s some­times rem­i­nis­cent of Green Day, but none the worse for that.

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