No matter how messed up the U.S.—and the world, for that matter—might get politically, we can always count on Pittsburgh punks Anti-Flag to speak out against social injustice and oppression. The band’s new album, American Spring, is yet another in a long line of important punk records from the quartet, loaded with electrified barbs aimed at those in power and created to help motivate others to rise up and speak out. Today, we bring you their brand new song “Sky Is Falling,” but instead of trying to sum it up for you, we thought we would let the band speak their mind:
“We release this song and video days after President Obama apologized for a drone strike that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian being held captive by al Qaeda in Pakistan. President Obama did the right thing by apologizing to the victims and their families. But otherwise, his apologies fall short of the target. We call on President Obama to extend his apologies to victims of U.S. drone strikes who do not hold U.S. and European passports. Furthermore, we demand an end to the U.S. drone program. There are countless innocent victims, families and communities whose lives have been devastated by illegal, out of control, and unaccountable U.S. drone strikes. This onslaught of aggression is sold to the American people as a surgical strike program that combats terrorism and makes the U.S. safer, when its net total result is neither.
During the Vietnam War, U.S. soldiers were under orders to win over the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people while simultaneously ordered to burn down their villages. For obvious reasons, this policy was a failure. U.S. drone policy is no different, turning innocent people who would otherwise not be in opposition to America against the U.S.
This policy is immoral, unethical and unproductive. Amnesty International has questioned the legality of the U.S. drone program in relation to international law. This song focuses on the fact that dropping bombs on people’s heads is terror, regardless of who is dropping those bombs. Be it a high tech U.S. drone firing munitions without warning or a suicide bomber detonating an explosive vest without warning, instruments of terror are those that keep a civilian population on edge due to the constant threat of attack.
Read what Amnesty International is saying about drones and get involved.”
American Spring comes out May 26 on Spinefarm Records and can be pre-ordered here.
Catch Anti-Flag on tour in May with the Homeless Gospel Choir and War On Women:
5/14: Newport, KY @ South Gate House
5/15: St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR
5/17: Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
5/18: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
5/19: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
5/20: Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
5/21: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling