Punk rock renegades Anti-Flag have been packaging their subversive political messages in hardcore hooks for over two decades. In concert the band plays with palpable passion and tears through their rebellious anthems at a lightning-fast pace. Guitarist Justin Sane’s piercing tenor perfectly complements bassist Chris No. 2’s guttural growl as the two trade off lead vocal duties. Sane also whips out furious guitar licks as No. 2’s manically moving basslines bubble just below the surface on their sociopolitical salvos. Rhythm guitarist Chris Head and drummer Pat Thetic support the group’s furious charge with a heart-pounding onslaught of riffs and beats. Anti-Flag is sure to stir crowds into a frenzy and spread their message of righteous indignation across the nation on their 2015 American Spring Tour.
Founding members Justin Sane and Pat Thetic have been steering Pittsburgh, PA hardcore outfit Anti-Flag since the group's formation in 1988. After a number of personnel shifts the band released their 1996 debut album Die for the Government, which set the tone for their far-left political views right out of the gate. In 1999 Chris No. 2 joined the group and lent a second formidable voice to their sound just in time for a successful run on the Vans Warped Tour. Their next three albums -- Underground Network in 2001, Mobilize in 2002, and The Terror State in 2003 -- were released in rapid succession and quickly established the group as one of the leading voices in a new generation of hardcore punk. The band brought both their music and their message to a larger audience in 2012 by creating ANTIfest, which featured various musical acts alongside informational booths for organizations like PETA and Amnesty International.