Anti-Flag, A Benefit for Victims of Violent Crime

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

There are no words that can describe the horror of losing a loved one. It makes it doubly hard when they're the victim of a senseless act of violence. Chris #2, of punk stalwarts Anti-Flag, was faced with these tragic circumstances when, earlier this year, his sister and her boyfriend were murdered. Rather than wallowing in grief, however, Chris #2 and the band decided to do something about it, crafting this 12-song benefit that compiles both studio and live material.

The songs on the disc seem to consciously ignore the incident. Instead, the first half is typical Anti-Flag fare: the group takes on corporate rock (still sucks), John Ashcroft (was a Nazi) and the future (no), while the second-half is taken from a live show performed at Pittsburgh's Mr. Smalls. Surprisingly, the sound quality is excellent, save the slightly tinny "1 Trillion Dollars," allowing the group's passion to pass through the speakers unfettered.