Anti-Flag is a political punk band, which is obvious from their name alone. But over the course of 12 albums across more than 25 yrs together, they’ve rarely set their sights on singular individuals. Anti-Flag has always opted not to date their work, instead focusing on fighting ongoing oppression & dismantling deeply rooted systems of injustice. But on their new album, 20/20 Vision, the band is drawing a big, fat line in the sand. “We have actively chosen to not attack Presidents directly, either with album art or songs, because we recognize that the issues we’re dealing with are cyclical,” says Chris#2. “But this record in particular, we kind of said, fuck that, we need to be on the record in opposition to the policies of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.” “This record is a warning to people holding neofascist ideas or people who are enabling these types of positions, whether you’re outright racist or you’re enabling racism, sexism or homophobia, transphobia,” adds Justin Sane. “You need to make a choice. What we’ve seen with this White House is that there’s no grey area anymore.” 20/20 Vision aims to take a step back & stare down the most pressing problems of our time: kids in cages, fentanyl crisis, rolling back EPA restrictions. It’s a record that at once feels both timely & forward thinking. 20/20 Vision is a work that will serve as an immediate form of communication with those who are politically engaged as well as a document of our modern times for a future generation.
Dog Party is a California-based, indie rock’n’roll band, composed of sisters, Gwendolyn and Lucy Giles. Compared with bands like The Go-Go’s, The Ramones, The White Stripes, and The Runaways, Dog Party establishes their own unique west coast sound with a dash of punk and a sprinkle of pop. With 6 records and extensive touring under their belts, Dog Party has been active since 2007. In fall of 2016, they were the Special Guests on Green Day’s Revolution Radio North American tour.
Grumpster is a three piece punk outfit from Oakland, CA. The group is comprised of Falyn Walsh (bass & vocals), Lalo Gonzalez Deetz (guitar), and Noel Agtane (drums). Drawing from various influences, the classic East Bay sound is very apparent in their music. Focusing as much on their live performance as they do on writing and composing upbeat, energetic songs, there is almost always a continuous pit when you’re at a Grumpster show. There may only be three of them, but they sure make up for it in sound and antics!