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Anti-Flag Biography

This Socialist political Punk-Rock band was formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, in 1993 by lead singer + guitarist Justin Sane, bassist Andy Flag and drummer Pat Thetic. The three-piece act was scheduled to play a live radio show in their hometown, so they christened themselves Anti-Flag for the occasion.

For about three years, after forming, the group played local gigs and finally released their debut full-length disc, "Die For The Government", in 1996. Shortly afterwards Andy Flag left the fold.

One year later Chris Head joined as new bass player and in 1998 the trio released its second album, "Their System Doesn't Work For You", which came out on their own new label, A-F Records.

When Chris '#2' Barker became the group's permanent bassist, in 1999, Chris Head took over the lead guitar spot. The revamped Anti-Flag released its third album, "A New Kind Of Army", in May of that same year. It was around this time that the quartet was invited by Tom Morello to play some shows with Rage Against The Machine.

In the spring of 2001 the band put out "Underground Network" via Fat Wreck Chords; it debuted at #23 on the Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.

A double-CD entitled "Mobilize" was issued in February of 2002, the set featured 8 new studio tracks, 6 live recordings plus many tracks from groups part of the A-F Records family.

The politico-Punk icons returned with their fifth album of new material in October 2003, "The Terror State" climbed The Billboard 200 chart reaching the #91 spot and "Turncoat" achieved a modicum of alt-Rock radio success.

Though adamantly anti-major-label at one point in their career, Anti-Flag finally decided to emerge from the underground making the leap from the indie world to the realms of RCA in April 2005 and in spring 2006 the band issued "For Blood And Empire"; the disc reached #100 on The Billboard 200 and produced the Modern Rock top 40 hit "The Press Corpse".

Three years later arrived "The Bright Lights Of America" which failed to chart in the upper reaches of The Billboard Top 200 Albums list and first single and title-track did not chart at all; then, the group jumped ship from RCA, vowed to return to the raw Punk music of their roots and moved it over to Side One Dummy.
Meanwhile, they collaborated with Toronto rockers Billy Talent to record a single: the Canadian top 30 hit "Turn Your Back".

In June 2009 Anti-Flag issued its eighth studio record, it was preceded by the promo-single "This Is The First Night". The album, "The People Or The Gun", peaked at #23 on the Top Independent chart and reached #122 on the all-genre Billboard 200 listing.

The Pittsburgh Punk-Rock veterans resurfaced in March 2012 with "The General Strike".


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    Group shot 2001
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    Anti-Flag 2006