LIVE: Anti-Flag

Hardcore/punk stalwarts Anti-Flag tore through the Observatory North Park on Feb. 25 with Leftover Crack, War On Women, and Blackbird Raum in tow.

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Anti-Flag headlined the Observatory North Park on Feb. 25.
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Fat Wreck Chords band Leftover Crack was the co-headliner for the show.
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Baltimore’s War On Women was also one of the night’s openers.
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Blackbird Raum joined in the ruckus with their frantic live show and anarchist politics.
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Anti-Flag originated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1988.
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The band was founded by singer/guitarist Justin Sane and drummer Jamie Towns.
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The hardcore/punk band is known for their political activism – mainly when it comes to their anti-war, anti-imperialism, class struggle, human rights and various sociopolitical stances.
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They’re very active in supported Democracy Now!, PETA, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and Occupy Together.
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They performed outside the Republican National Convention in 2008 at a protest (which was eventually shut down).
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The band also made headlines when they played an acoustic set at a Occupy Wall Street demonstration in NYC on Oct. 8, 2011.
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For those wondering about the name, the band has said: “Anti-Flag does not mean Anti-American. Anti-Flag means anti-war. Anti-Flag means unity.”
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In 2000, after meeting NOFX’s Fat Mike (owner of Fat Wreck Chords), the band released two albums with the label.
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The first, “Underground Network,” arguably broke the band out of the hardcore underground into the mainstream.
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When Anti-Flag moved to RCA Records in 2005 for two albums, they were called “sell outs” and people claimed they’d lose creative control. Their fiery major label debut, “For Blood and Empire,” effectively silenced the criticism.
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The band released their ninth studio album, “American Spring,” on May 26, 2015. Later last year, they also released a compilation album called “Cease Fires,” with two previously unreleased songs and 12 songs from their “20 Years of Hell” EP series.
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Leftover Crack formed in 1998, following the breakup of Choking Victim.
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The band is currently signed to Fat Wreck Chords for CD releases, and Alternative Tentacles for vinyl.
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The name Leftover Crack has been explained by Stza as being “an oxymoron” based on the idea that crack cocaine addicts are known for vigorous use, and are unlikely to have any “leftover” crack.
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The band currently consists primarily of vocalist Scott Sturgeon (also known as Stza Crack), guitarist Brad Logan, and bassist Alec Baillie.
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Their music spans several genres including hardcore, punk, ska and crust punk.
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According to their Wikipedia page, “they write mostly political lyrics of a radical leftist nature, opposing religion, capitalism, and authority.” Wonder if they knew how much tickets were.
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War On Women formed in 2010 by several veterans of the Baltimore rock scene.
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They describe their sound as “thrash rock meets riot grrrl.”
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According to their official bio, “War On Women’s songs attack sexist attitudes and institutionalized patriarchy women everywhere still face in the 21st century with humor, intelligence, righteous anger and monster riffs.”
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The band released its debut EP in 2012 called “Improvised Weapons,” and their self-titled full-length in February of 2015.
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Blackbird Raum is a folk punk band from Santa Cruz, formed in 2004.
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According to legend, the band made its first dollar from a man on a date who paid them to leave.
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They released their debut album, “Purse-Seine,” in 2007. After four more records, they released “Destroying” in 2015.
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According to the band’s Wikipedia page, Blackbird Raum’s “lyrics tend to paint a picture of modern society, focusing on issues like the destruction of the environment, mental illness, and class warfare. They have described themselves as eco-anarchists.”
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