Listen to Anti-Flag’s new album, American Spring, in full ahead of its release next week.
The Pittsburgh punk-rockers are streaming their new full-length in its entirety via Amnesty International now – check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments! American Spring is out on May 25 via Spinefarm Records – pick it up at this link.
“Amnesty International is an organization that actually saves lives,” the band say. “Daily, their mission is to speak up and stand up for those who cannot for themselves. The record American Spring is about the very same idea. We have been honoured to have Amnesty International table our shows and spread the agenda of human rights and equality, continuing the battle against injustice. Having them premiere our record is a truly humbling experience.”
Catch Anti-Flag on the road in the UK at the following:
2 London Old Blue Last
6 Blackpool Rebellion Festival
8 London Brooklyn Bowl
Don’t forget to check out Anti-Flag’s 12 Favourite Punk Rock Riffs:
Anti-Flag's 12 Favourite Punk Rock Riffs
Pittsburgh punks Anti-Flag know a thing or two about killer punk rock riffs - but what are their own personal favourites? Lead guitarist and singer/songwriter Justin Sane sat down with us and had a pick through his all-time favourite licks - so stick 'em in your ears, and prepare to marvel at the coolest punk rock in the game.
12. Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
"Morello. Need I say more?"
11. NOFX - Seeing Double at the Triple Rock
"Clean and fast. This is simply a really well-crafted riff that rocks!!! Thanks boys!"
10. Gallows - In The Belly Of A Shark
"Ummm… Can you say, 'HOLD THE FUCK ON MOTHER FUCKER?!!!!' You can tell these guys grew up listening to Black Flag and Refused - elevating aspects of both of those bands into a sound that makes Gallows unique and gripping. Tight, heavy, smart, full of desperation. These riffs slay giants!!!"
8. Fugazi - Styrofoam
"Tense and exciting, the perfect example of the way Fugazi continuously found ways to redefine what a guitar riff could be and where it could go. Fugazi redefined punk and what punk could be. This song overflows with creativity and insight with guitar magic leading the charge. If you never listened to Fugazi, get with it."
7. Propagandhi - Back In The Motor League
"Punk songs aren’t supposed to be this heavy are they? Propagandhi doesn’t give a fuck! First time I heard the the opening riff of this song I thought to myself, 'Holy shit!'"
6. Refused - New Noise
"Flawless. Tight and tense to start and then opens up like a Chuck Norris round house to the face…. TO THE FACE!!! BOOM!!! If this tune ain’t in your music collection, get with it friend. You can thank me later."
5. The Stooges - Search and Destroy
"The standard barer for bad ass punk as fuck guitar licks! The rhythm has an aggressive groove and the lead is an ear piercer. Nothing sleepy about this track."
4. Billy Talent - Viking Death March
"Right now Ian D’Sa is one of the best guitar players and song writers in the world, period. He writes more great guitar licks during the time it takes him to take a piss than most “professionals” will write in their entire career. The guitar tone on this song is flawless and the riff rocks hard!"
3. Black Flag - Thirsty and Miserable
"So aggressive and savage in all the best ways! The punk rock guitar standard! Very few people in the world have ever recorded a guitar track that comes anything close to this intense! There isn’t a moment in this song where the guitar isn’t ripping your flesh off! So much nuance with bends and pick slides that reek of fearless, reckless attitude. All of this and I haven’t even gotten to the actual guitar solo - oh shit! If it was possible for a guitar track to literally, physically assault a human being, this is the track that would get it done! 'See if you can find the key to your mother's liquor cabinet.'"
2. Rancid - Olympia, WA.
"Rancid write great rock'n'roll leads, and the lead to Olympia, WA. is a great example of that fact. As soon as it starts you feel excited and think, 'Fuck yeah! LET’S GO!!!'"
1. The Ramones - We Want The Airwaves
"The inspired opening lead riff of We Want The Airwaves lays waste to the claim that the Ramones were a three-chord one-trick pony. This song is one the most under rated in the history of rock'n'roll."
Bonus Track! Infant Sorrow - Gang Of Lust
"Joke song with fun guitar riff! Crack open a few and get the party started. This song makes you wanna dance."
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