Anti-Flag
Die For The Government


3.0
good

Review

by Francis Jones USER (32 Reviews)
October 5th, 2006 | 25 replies | 7,365 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With fast blazing guitars a la [L]The Descendents[/L], snide nasal social commentary akin to [L]NOFX[/L] and an anxious high speed delivery like almost all punk rock bands worth the copious amounts of glue in thier hair. This is widely recognised by alot

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

With fast blazing guitars a la The Descendents, snide nasal social commentary akin to NOFX and an anxious high speed delivery like almost all punk rock bands worth the copious amounts of glue in thier hair. This is widely recognised by alot of younger punks as one of the nineties best punk rock records. This was the only record released with this line up, which had changed before the release of the record, as tension grew between Andy Flag and the other members. This record however, does not sound like a band in termoil, a band at each others throaghts. For the most part, this sounds like a band having alot of fun. While most political punk rock bands such as Discharge have had oppressive dishordant music along with thier politically aware rantings, Anti-Flag uses sing-a-long choruses, catchy melodies and vocal harmonies.

The first song is the fast and punchy ''You'd do the same'' which is built around a basic guitar riff with a bouncy changing bassline underneath, all topped with an excellent vocal performance by Andy Flag and Justin Sane. Andy Flag's frankly quite plain yet raspy vocals coupled with Justin Sane's higher pitched nasal vocals akes for a good mixture. This song seems to take on a new meaning since the band signed to major label RCA, yet it could have been about a number of things at the time.

One of Anti-Flag's most popular songs is the title track ''Die for the government''. Personally I think this song is not very good, but I can understand why some people get so excited by its angered repeated chant and nasally rhetoric vocals. For starters, it starts with an a cappella chant of the title, Justin Sane (known as Justin Ept to his critics) does not have the sort of voice that can pull this off, and you become tired of the song before it even starts, and by the time the song reaches its climax of gang vocals chanting the line, you will want to skip. I'm sure being at a show surrounded by excited punk rockers is the best place to hear this, frankly and honestly it doesn't work too well on record.

This poor song does not bring down the whole record however, and once the following pop punk songs continue, you will be happily pogoing along again. A let down of many pop punk bands is that their songs become too samey too quickly, and will put off people who are not big fans of pop punk. Anti-Flag are good at putting some variety into their songs, although this results in some flops such as ''Die for the government'' this can result in some interesting compositions of songs such as the on beat ska of ''summer squatter go home'' and the almost unlistenable yet highly effective rendition of the American anthem at the beginning of ''I'm being watched by the CIA''

All in all, this is a great politically aware pop punk record, although it doesn't have the folk esque acoustic parts like some later recordings, this shows Anti-Flag as a bright energetic youthful band, with more than a handful of great tunes. Although it is sometimes let down by the bands inexperience and penchent for rhetoric, it is a good introduction to the band.



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smokersdieyounger
October 5th 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think I've been a bit too hard on ''Die for the government'' oh well, a little burning will warm me up.

PuNkRoX87
October 5th 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still think this was the band's best effort to date.
The bass is absolutely crazy in some of the tracks.


And, although I disagree with your rating, I can see your point. Solid review.

Wildcatforever
October 5th 2006



441 Comments


I like the 2nd track but really don't think two highly of any other songs. Nice Review.

Intransit
October 5th 2006



2797 Comments


[quote=review]blah blah blah, descendents comparison blah blah[/quote]
no.

smokersdieyounger
October 6th 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just used that as the perfect example of pop punk guitar playing, this is derived of that style, but as everyone knows.

Descendents>>>>>>>>>>>>>Anti-Flag

Iam138
April 1st 2008



76 Comments


I like this album.

Adabelle
August 25th 2011



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm surprised by how few ratings this has?! And that I'm writing the second comment in the last 5 years.. :Z

bigmoon
August 25th 2011



118 Comments


if you were to tell me that a lot of people don't like anti-flag, i'd take you for a liar

Adabelle
August 25th 2011



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Possibly because I'm very tired, I can't work out what you're saying.

CWooten96
September 29th 2012



2 Comments


1996 bro lol

Adabelle
March 17th 2013



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YOU'RE GONNA DIE GONNA DIE GONNA DIE FOR THE GOVERNMENT

/relevant



Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2013



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Used to love this band so much lol

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

Spec
March 17th 2013



27153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually a pretty great album.

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

Adabelle
March 17th 2013



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this album has some wicked tracks on it, i'm tempted to go through their discography this week actually

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2013



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They got a lot better. A lot of their lyrics make me laugh pretty hard now though

Adabelle
March 17th 2013



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lyrics are fun! ALbum after this wasn't great...

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2013



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what the fuck New Kind of Army is way better

Adabelle
May 30th 2013



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol tRebored

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2013



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still don't know like 75% of this band's lyrics because of Justin Sane's weird accent/pronunciation whatever

arry yo and po
arry yu and pis
arry no one carrrresss
waaaaaaaohhhhhhh

Adabelle
May 30th 2013



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha who cares when you can shout along to

KILL KILL KILL,
KILL KILL KILL,
KILL KILL KILL,
KILL KILL KILL!



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