“I think we were one of the first bands to ever tell Mike no,” he remembers, recalling Fat Mike’s early overtures to Anti-Flag. “He said, ‘I want to put you on [Fat subsidiary] Honest Don’s,’ and we said, ‘No, we want to be on Fat.’ He said, ‘You’re not ready for Fat.’ And we said, ‘Go fuck yourself.’”
We stand in solidarity with those fighting racism and fascism in the streets of Charlottesville and beyond. We believe it is time for the removal of all monuments to the confederacy and the racism for which they stand. We must put these symbols of white supremacy into places where the proper context can be provided for what they actually are; outdated, backwards, and antithetical to what we believe the values of humanity should be. It is past time to have real conversations on systemic racism and America’s history of it. There are museums memorializing the Holocaust all across Europe, while America continues to try to hide from its racist and murderous past and present.
Sane not surprisingly predicts Anti-Flag’s next album “could end up sounding like a more angry record, maybe than we would’ve originally intended to make,” but nothing’s in stone yet. “Ultimately I just want to make the best record we can,” he says. “I think that for as much as the politics about all this are going to matter, writing the best songs we can and playing music is something that helps me keep my sanity — even when we’re doing songs that are political in nature and about difficult problems. So we want the music to be good, not just angry.” He’s hoping for a fall release, but Sane also doesn’t want to rush into topical commentary without giving issues some time to develop.
We chose ‘Death Of A Nation’ as the lead track off of Live Vol. 1 for a number of reasons. The foremost being the parallels of emotions to the elections of George W. Bush and Donald Trump. The anxiety, fear and compassion we have for our brothers and sisters of marginalized and non-binary communities,” he says. “The song was written as a call to arms to rebuild. The work needs done, we must come together to not allow sexism, racism, trans and homophobic bigotry to become normalized.
This is a charity raffle. 100% of ALL MONEY received from this raffle will be donated to charity. each ticket purchases for a dollar is good for one entry to win one of two “Live Vol. 1” burnt american flag LPs (pictured below.) you may purchase as many tickets as you’d like, each ticket is good for one entry. 2 winners will be chosen on 1/6/2017. you may buy as many tickets as you want!