The planet may be buggered, but Anti-Flag are still putting up a fight

Another kicking for capitalism as Pittsburgh punks Anti-Flag put the boot in again on album 13

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There’s very little beating about the bush with an Anti-Flag album. The Man is the enemy, the rich elite are merrily fucking us all over, governments are corrupt, and the environment is being pummelled by the greed of the conglomerates. 

The band’s fury is undimmed on their thirteenth album, and with good reason – 24 years after frontman Justin Sane laid the foundations of the band, the planet is more royally buggered than ever.

Lies They Tell Our Children is a taut collection of anthemic, chant-along, accessible pop-punk rock that gets the message across loud and clear, with the help of guests including Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach, Rise Against’s Tim McIlraith, Bad Religion’s Brian Baker and Die Toten Hosen’s Campino, who sprinkle on a little variety and a big sense of a community united.

There are a few musical twists too – Shallow Grave channels U2 with its chiming, Edge-influenced guitars. They may well be preaching to the converted, but there’s no questioning Anti-Flag’s dedication to activism.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.