We often forget the power of music. It’s not just a vehicle to elicit emotions, but it can also be used to express political discord, it can be used to bring issues to light, and it can be used for change. Anti-Flag hasn’t forgotten this about music, a fact that can be seen and heard on legendary punk bands latest lyric for “Sky Is Falling.” Check it out right below:
The song and the clip address an extremely topical issue — drone strikes. In the wake of recent events, where an American and an Italian citizen were killed by drone strikes, the song arrives at a critical time in the current government administration. While the media has spent a significant amount of time covering the jokes that were made at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over the weekend, many Americans remain appalled by what happened in the Middle East, which is why “Sky Is Falling” is such an important song and an even more crucial political statement.
Anti-Flag on Drone Strikes:
Here’s what the band had to say to Substream about the song and the drone strikes:
We release this song and video days after President Obama apologized for a drone strike that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian being held captive by al Qaeda in Pakistan. President Obama did the right thing by apologizing to the victims and their families, but otherwise, his apologies fall short of the target. We call on President Obama to extend his apologies to victims of U.S. drone strikes who do not hold U.S. and European passports. Furthermore, we demand an end to the U.S. drone program. There are countless innocent victims, families, and communities whose lives have been devastated by illegal, out of control, and unaccountable U.S. drone strikes. This onslaught of aggression is sold to the American people as a surgical strike program that combats terrorism and makes the U.S. safer, when its net total result is neither.
During the Vietnam War, U.S. soldiers were under orders to win over the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people while simultaneously ordered to burn down their villages. For obvious reasons, this policy was a failure. U.S. drone policy is no different, turning innocent people who would otherwise not be in opposition to America against the U.S.
This policy is immoral, unethical, and unproductive. Amnesty International has questioned the legality of the U.S. drone program in relation to international law. This song focuses on the fact that dropping bombs on people’s heads is terror, regardless of who is dropping those bombs. Be it a high-tech U.S. drone firing munitions without warning or a suicide bomber detonating an explosive vest without warning, instruments of terror are those that keep a civilian population on edge due to the constant threat of attack.
Amnesty International has made addressed U.S. drone strikes, which you can read here.
Anti-Flag on Baltimore:
Also, the band commented on the current situation in Baltimore, saying:
Drone strikes are an example of the powerful victimizing the powerless. In light of the uprising in Baltimore, we stand on the side of the people. From Pakistan to Baltimore, Anti-Flag stand in solidarity with those being victimized by the powerful.
Me on Baltimore:
Yeah, I can get behind the anti-drone views of Anti-Flag, but their take on the situation in Baltimore is a little fucked in my opinion. Sure, the police should have dealt with a broken back with a little more care, but I have no sympathy for “the people” as they riot and loot. Actually, it might be a good idea to use the drones on them. I’m sick of the senseless rioting from people who really don’t give a damn about the given victims and are just using it as an excuse to act badly, and they will rue the day when martial law is declared throughout the U.S.
“Sky Is Falling” is on Anti-Flag’s upcoming Spinefarm debut, American Spring, which will be released on May 26th. Pre-order the album here.
Anti-Flag has also confirmed a new batch of tour dates that will keep them on the road through release date.
Anti-Flag Tour Dates:
5/9: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
w/ The Homeless Gospel Choir and War On Women
5/14: Newport, KY @ South Gate House
5/15: St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR
5/17: Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
5/18: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
5/19: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
5/20: Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
5/21: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling*
w/ The Homeless Gospel Choir and After the Fall
6/18 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
6/19 Providence, RI @ Simon’s 677
6/20 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
6/21 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
6/23: Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
6/24 Toledo, OH @ Frankies
6/25 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
6/27: Erie, PA @ Basement Transmission
Rock Hard \m/