Anti-Flag (08 juin 2009)
Entrevue de David avec Chris #2
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[DAVE]: You will be releasing your new album on June 9th 2009 on SideOneDummy. Why did you choose to go with them this time around? Are people giving too much attention at what label a band is on?
[CHRIS #2]: I think there was some merit to the concern people had about our arrangement with the major label. However I think our actions and records spoke for themselves. We had a good contract that allowed us to be ourselves, it was 2 records and we have moved on.
[DAVE]: You released your last two albums with RCA. We hear a lot of talk about the major labels but how was your experience with them?
[CHRIS #2]: It was fine. We were able to spend a lot of Sony's money on our ideals and messages. Let alone promoting the band's music, we were able to upstart Military Free Zone and Underground Action Alliance. Essentially, it was an expirement. At the end of it, more people know about ANTI-FLAG then ever before.
[DAVE]: Your new album comes to us just a few months after the election of Obama. Did that influence the writing process?
[CHRIS #2]: Absolutely. We saw his election win and the end of the cliche of George W Bush. We also saw a collapsing global economy, gay rights trampled, racism, sexism, homophobia and seemingly endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There was much to write about.
[DAVE]: What are the main themes in the lyrics this time around?
[CHRIS #2]: well I touched on it in the last question, but the over all theme is advancing humanity. Recognizing that all people are equal, that the fear and depression pushed on us daily is not real.
[DAVE]: Where does the name of the album come from?
[CHRIS #2]: The choice between a world that spends more money on weaponry and war, or a world that spends more capital on education, health care and humanity.
[DAVE]: Who designed the cover art for the album? What is the concept behind it?
[CHRIS #2]: Mike Ski of THE A.K.A.s designed the record. The concept is that the media that pushes and sells violence to us daily will only reap its on whirlwind.
[DAVE]: After listening to The People Or The Gun, we come out feeling that ANTI-FLAG hasn’t lost it’s straight up punk rock edge. Is that important for you?
[CHRIS #2]: Yea. We wanted to write songs that we love. Songs that we believe our community will love. These are those songs.
[DAVE]: How did the album evolve throughout the recording process?
[CHRIS #2]: We wrote, recorded, and produced the album ourselves in our make shift rehearsal space/studio. It was just the 4 of us. No label, no producer. ANTI-FLAG.
[DAVE]: In 2008 Justin moved to London. How did you manage to deal with this long-distance relationship? Does it get harder and harder to keep a band alive after so many years?
[CHRIS #2]: His stint in london was short lived. He's back in Pittsburgh with the rest of us. It is difficult being in a band full time, however we have an agenda and the 4 of us work diligently to keep it fun, exciting and moving forward. It also helps that there are so many people that care about this band as much as we do. Each show is a re affirmation of how lucky we are.
[DAVE]: What keeps you going day after day on the road?
[CHRIS #2]: The shows.
[DAVE]: You’re currently offering special packages to people who preorder your album through the internet. What is your take on that media and how do you use it actually?
[CHRIS #2]: We just want to give our music the best opportunity to be heard. There are a lot of bands, but not many of them try to put as much information into their records as we do. We just want people to get the whole story behind the songs, so the booklet and receiving the actual record is important to us.
[DAVE]: What are you plans for the year ahead?
[CHRIS #2]: Warped Tour this summer, headline europe and the UK in oct/nov and headline across North America after that. Tour. Tour. Tour.