PEOPLE OR THE GUN, THE  - Anti-Flag

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Anti-Flag - PEOPLE OR THE GUN, THE Anti-Flag’s 7th release is an intense attack on a U.S. government that has continually failed the people they represent. Musically it’s ferocious, melodic and devastating. It’s not a record that you want to miss having in your collection.
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Anti-Flag’s 7th release is an intense attack on a U.S. government that has continually failed the people they represent. Musically it’s ferocious, melodic and devastating. It’s not a record that you want to miss having in your collection.

The first Anti-Flag release on L.A. based label SideOneDummy (The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, Fake Problems) starts off fast and furious as Chris #2 takes aim at those who use the Bible to control the masses.  If the album’s second track, ‘The Economy is Suffering…  Let It Die’, isn’t nearly as reckless, it’s just as impassioned, as Justin Sane weighs in on the government bailouts of 2008, asking “Where are all the bailouts for the homeless and the poor?” It’s just the sort of question bands like Anti-Flag were born to ask. And there are plenty of those moments on ‘The People or the Gun. 
After fulfilling their two-record contract with a major, RCA Records, the band built a studio in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to cut their first release for SideOneDummy. By having their own studio and not having to work on any schedule but their own, they’ve been able to create statements and music that is relevant and timely – and back on their own terms, with their own sound.  
Drummer Pat Thetic says “It’s become a main priority to put the emphasis of our band and every show we play on community, whether it be canned food drives for local food banks, raising money to build wells in Africa, which we did on our U.S. tour, or clothing drives for the homeless on our Canadian tour.”
In addition to raising funds for those who need it most, they’ve created the non-profit organizations Military Free Zone (combating a provision in the No Child Left Behind act that invades students’ privacy for Military Recruitment purposes) and Underground Action Alliance (a networking site for social justice). As Chris #2 says, “This is an extension of what our vision of punk rock is, was, and will always be."

Track Listing

The People Or The Gun

  1. Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C. (Sheep in Shepherds Clothing)
  2. The Economy is Suffering...Let It Die
  3. The Gre(A)t Depression
  4. We Are The One
  5. You Are Fired (Take This Job)
  6. This Is The First Night
  7. No War Without Warriors (How Do You Sleep?)
  8. When All The Lights Go Out
  9. On Independence Day
  10. The Old Guard
  11. Teenage Kennedy Lobotomy
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