Scene News: ANTI-FLAG Announce Acoustic Record American Reckoning and release Music Video For “The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)”

Pittsburgh political punk band ANTI-FLAG have just announced a new acoustic
album American Reckoning, set to be released on Spinefarm Records / Caroline
Australia on September 28th. The album features acoustic versions of songs
from their past two albums, as well as covers of songs that inspired them.
Pre-orders for the album are available now via Spinefarm Records / Caroline
Australia. ANTI-FLAG are now premiering a new music video for the acoustic
version of “The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)” The video was filmed in the
band’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, and directed by Josh Massie and

Watch Anti-Flag’s video for
“The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)”


American Reckoning, the new acoustic album from Pittsburgh political punk
band Anti-Flag, strips down some of the band’s latest hits to get to the
heart of the message. The album features acoustic versions of songs off of
their last two albums, American Spring (2015) and American Fall (2017), as
well as covers of some of the classics that inspired them. By arranging
these songs together, American Reckoning functions as an account of one of
the country’s most tumultuous political times told by some of music’s
sharpest political minds.

The American series, all released on Spinefarm Records, showcases why
ANTI-FLAG is recognized as a staple in punk rock. Known for their left-wing
politics, focusing on anti-war activism, imperialism, class struggle, human
rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments, Anti-Flag have proven
themselves as both dedicated activists and accomplished musicians since
forming in 1993. Decades of strong political ideals and rousing punk rock
songs have allowed the band to assemble a devoted fan base of likeminded
individuals all across the world. A quote from the band on their new album
can be found below.

“When you’re a band that has been together as long as ANTI-FLAG has you take
nothing for granted. We have far exceeded any personal expectations we have
had for the band, our art and the reach that it has had. This chapter of our
band started with the hope of American Spring, the anger of American Fall
and comes to cessation with American Reckoning…

This piece focuses on songs from both records (Spring/Fall) that we felt
maintain their relevance, even in the distraction politic Donald Trump
America, where issues and truth are distorted in a seconds time. We also
wanted to provide insight into our influences that lead us to write the
records, that’s where the covers come in. They are songs that people may not
expect to be influential to ANTI-FLAG records but either in their messaging
or sonics they were tremendously impactful to us as individuals and hence
the song writing process.

We cannot be knee jerk reactionary to a president that uses corporate media
to endlessly lie, we created statements and art that we feel directly combat
these tactics, American Reckoning has allowed us to revisit some of those
previous statements and shine new light on them.” – ANTI-FLAG

American Reckoning was recorded in Pittsburgh, PA, and mixed and mastered by
long time ANTI-FLAG engineer Justin Francis. The album’s artwork was
designed by Doug Dean, who also did the artwork for both American Spring and
American Fall.

American Reckoning Track Listing
1. The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)
2. Trouble Follows Me
3. American Attraction
4. When The Wall Falls
5. Racists
6. Set Yourself On Fire
7. Brandenburg Gate
8. Gimme Some Truth (John Lennon cover)
9. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
10. Surrender (Cheap Trick cover)