Historically, Pittsburgh-based punk stalwarts Anti-Flag have always had important, socially conscious messages to convey and musical statements they've been driven to make. That ethos remains intact with their new album, American Spring, which is their Spinefarm Records debut and is due out on May 26.
The band has shared the front and back album artwork, which will certainly spark conversations among the youth and perhaps inspire change, which is the spirit in which punk rock was initially founded. There are plenty of ways the viewer can interpret the vivid artwork, as the front cover features a woman wearing a black hajib veil, while the back cover features an American soldier in combat fatigues. Both of their faces are obscured by an exploding pink flower.
"The songs of American Spring are an aggressive critique of the global social and political climate of 2015," Anti-Flag explained. "The artwork is no different. The cover art is meant to challenge our collective view of violence and peace. The entire American Spring package includes essays, personal liner notes, and further information behind the driving forces of each song, detailing ways for us all to take action against injustice in the world. The American Spring is now."
On March 31st, the first track of the album, “Fabled World” will be premiered worldwide.
Full American Spring album tracklisting is as follows:
01) Fabled World
02) The Great Divide
03) Brandenburg Gate
04) Sky Is Falling
05) Walk Away
06) Song For Your Enemy
07) Set Yourself On Fire
08) All of The Poison, All of The Pain
09) Break Something
10) Without End
12) To Hell With Boredom
13) Low Expectations
14) The Debate Is Over (if you want it)
Anti-Flag European tour dates:
28.05.2015 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
30.05.2015 Olympiapark München (DE) Rockavaria Festival
31.05.2015 Nürburgring (DE) Grüne Hölle Rock Festival
17.07.2015 Dour (BE) Dour Festival
18.07.2015 Wiesen (AT) Two Days A Week Festival
19.07.2015 Budapest (HU) Budapest Park
02.08.2015 Moravska Trebova (CZ) Fest Pod Parou Festival
04.08.2015 Tolmin (SL) Punk Rock Holiday Festival
06.08.2015 Blackpool (UK) Rebellion Festival