Anti-Flag, punk icons and fighters of the norm released their newest album ’20/20 Vision’ on Friday, January 17 on Spinefarm Records, and shared the first music video for the release called “The Disease.”
I was super stoked to see Anti-Flag putting out new music, and even more so when I peeped their music video for “The Disease.” The commentary of modern culture plays heavily on the homage images seen in John Carpenter’s ‘They Live,’ a movie that not only drove the punk culture and inspiration of dealing with consumption and control, but also has inspired many of the makers and those who go against the grain, including artist famed artist Shepard Fairey (and even myself on occasion).
Once Donald Trump got elected, the one phrase that came out of my mouth was “Well, if anything good can come from this, it’s the resurgence of kick-ass political punk rock anthems.” Anti-Flag follows that grain with their new album, which is described as “drawing a line in the sand against the fascistic hate-mongering of the Trump administration and making it clear that ’20/20 Vision’ is an album intended to explicitly address the here and now.”
Punk has always tackled themes of going against the wealthy, corrupt, and otherwise evil that is in the world. “The Disease,” the first single off the album has been described as “a call to have soldiers all over the globe, lay down their weapons. Refuse to fight in unjust wars for corporate greed,” and the notion that “we have far more in common with the people of Iran than we do the perpetrators of the propaganda that they are our enemies.” That anthemic thought process, and the courage it grows within individuals, that could really impact the hearts and minds of those who hear it.
Watch the music video below, and check out their full album and tour dates on their website, Anti-Flag.com.