PICS: Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish at House of Blues

Talk about a double whammy: Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish provided a one-two knockout punch to House of Blues San Diego on Feb. 17.

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With such an incredible lineup, we had to get our photographer Fatima Kelley front and center! The bands clearly didn’t disappoint.
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While Anti-Flag originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – ska/punk maestros Reel Big Fish are from right up the road in Huntington Beach!
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Back to Anti-Flag though: The melodic-hardcore/punk headliners clearly know how to put on an epic show. They’ve been at it since 1988, after all.
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The band is currently comprised of founding members singer/guitarist Justin Sane and drummer Pat Thetic, along with later additions singer/bassist Chris Barker (aka Chris No. 2, pictured) and guitarist Chris Head.
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They’re known for their political activism – focusing on anti-war activism, anti-imperialism, class struggle, human rights and various sociopolitical causes. The band name kinda makes sense, eh?
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A few of their most championed groups include Democracy Now!, PETA, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the Occupy Together movement (among others).
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Because of their name, some have accused (or assume) the band is anti-American. That is not the case. As they’ve said in the past: “Anti-Flag does not mean anti-American. Anti-Flag means anti-war. Anti-Flag means unity.”
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The group has bounced around from label to label over the last 30 years: They’ve release music via New Red Archives, A-F Records (their own label), Go-Kart Records, Fat Wreck Chords, RCA, SideOneDummy, and Spinefarm Records (their current label) over the years.
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They released their 10th studio album, “American Spring,” on May 26, 2015.
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Also in 2015, Anti-Flag also released “Cease Fires” – a collection of two unreleased “American Spring” songs, and 12 songs taken from their “20 Years of Hell” EP series from songs featured on a series of EPs released between 2013-14.
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It wouldn't be a complete Anti-Flag show without some rad, up-close-and-personal crowd interaction!
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Reel Big Fish, perhaps best known for their 1997 hit “Sell Out,” got the crowd more than primed for Anti-Flag.
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The group is currently comprised of Aaron Barrett (vocals/guitar, pictured second from right), John Christianson (trumpet/vocals, left), Derek Gibbs (bass), Matt Appleton (saxophone), Billy Kottage (trombone, middle) and Ed Larsen (drums, right).
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After many lineup changes over the years (Matt Appleton pictured), frontman Aaron Barrett is the only remaining founding member in the band (which got started in 1991).
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A huge part of the “third wave of ska” during the ‘90s, the band has kept a devoted following when ska lost mainstream momentum in the ‘00s. It showed at House of Blues: The crowd ate up every second of their show!
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