Anti-Flag has been lobbing pissed-off, politically charged songs at people in power since the band released its most recognizable album in 1996, Die for the Government. Twenty years later, in the age of Donald Trump, political punk is back in style. The band will be joined tonight by Reel Big Fish for a show at the Ogden Theatre. To warm you up for the night, here are five of Anti-Flag's best music videos.
"This Is the End (For You My Friend) isn't some Doors cover, but instead an inspirational rant against "self-mutilation," ripe with stats about cosmetic surgery and eating disorders.
"One Trillion Dollar$" blasts the national debt George W. Bush racked up spending big on foreign oil and war toys. The video packages the song's grave lyrics in a cutesy 1950s Americana wrap.
The "Turncoat" music video isn't exactly great. It features the band, dressed in mostly black, in front of a white background, screaming about wanting the "truth." The shots of the band walking around some unknown city isn't exactly artsy, either, but the graininess of the whole short gives it an endearing sort of home-video quality.
One of the band's latest music videos, "Brandenburg Gate," follows the plot of two teenage rebels as they craft homemade love bombs, full of glitter and confetti, which are detonated at a church and in school. Fun!
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Much like every Anti-Flag music video, "The Bright Lights of America" features the band playing live. This time the show is at a roller-skating rink, where brutal roller derby players battle it out.
Anti-Flag will be joined by Reel Big Fish at the Ogden Theatre on Wednesday, January 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27-$30 in advance and $33 at the door.