REVIEW: ‘This Concerns Everyone’ – A-F Records

Fans can send their own protest songs to A-F Records by sending their tunes to thisconcernseveryone@a-frecords.com.

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For all those protesting punk rockers out there, This Concerns Everyone is a compilation album full of acoustic bliss against everything you can imagine wrong with society. Both live and recorded covers as well as original songs by some of the scene’s favorite bands were put together by punk veterans Anti-Flag via A-F Records. Similar to their own style, each song has a message to listeners about problems society and individuals face today. Featuring greats such as Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music), and Chris Conley (Saves The Day,) as well as some lesser known vocalists like Chris Farren (Fake Problems) and Erica Freas (RVIVR). For what it’s worth, This Concerns Everyone is fitting for those who are fans of folk punk or acoustic, but it’s nothing to run home about. In addition, a portion of the album’s proceeds will be donated to the Right to Heal Campaign.

The highlight of this album is Tom Morello’s original song “House Gone Up In Flames.” In the press release, Morello said the song was written “in the midst of a 104-degree fever in an Italian hotel room” where he wasn’t sure whether he was going to live or die, but he knew he had a “surrealistic Molotov of a song” on his hands.

The Homeless Gospel Choir’s song “Some People” is also a perfect signature for the album. The lyrics are powerful and show a younger person’s perspective on how the world works today. All in all, the record is a refreshing, modern twist on the punk rock mantra of non-conformity and direct action against society’s faulty structure.This Concerns Everyone is worth forking the cash over to have some of the songs on either vinyl or digitally.