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PUNK IN DRUBLIC - Interview with Anti-Flag

Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:58
Published in Underground News

 

AU: Who are we talking to and what are you most famous of infamous for?

 

My name is Chris 2. I play bass and sing in the band Anti-Flag and consider Mario Lemieux to be the single greatest hockey player of all time. 

 

AU: What first got you into Punk Rock?

 

A cousin of mine gave me a cassette with Bad Religion on the A side and a band called Cringer on the B. The rest is history. 

 

AU: Brief origin of your band.

 

The band began in 1993. The first record Die For The Government was released in 96. I joined the band end of 98. 21 years later we still make punk records and challenge nationalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, fascism and war with every song we write. 

 

AU: Describe your sound for people who have been living in igloos.

 

We love The Clash. 

 

AU: What was the genesis of the  Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival?

 

That’s more of a question for Fat Mike and NOFX. We’re just honored to play any stage in front of any amount of people. 

 

AU: What makes Punk in Drublic such a unique event? What can people expect if they check it out?  

 

From the ones we’ve done we know that it’s the confluence of people who hold a specific era of punk rock close to their hearts. We’re on the fringes of that era, but have found ourselves welcomed and are grateful for that. Expect to hear songs that you cut your teeth on. Expect to be surrounded by like minded community and folks from all walks of life, what punk rock should be. 

 

AU: Anything special planned for your performance at the Canadian Punk In Drublic shows?

 

We use these shows to go through the entire era of Anti-Flag music. We play songs from our first record to our newest. We’re hopeful to meet new people and celebrate our community with old friends as well. 

 

 

AU: I'm assuming there will be some awesome food available as well? Anything people should definitely chow down on at the festival to help soak up the alcohol?

 

I only care about it if it’s vegan. 

 

AU: What other bands are playing with you that people should be stoked to check out??

 

Bad Religion is where it begins and ends.

 

AU: There seems to be some cool Canadian punk bands on the bill as well. Do you have any favorite Canadian punk bands form the past?

 

Gob. Marilyn's Vitamins.

 

AU: What do you like best about Canada, or about playing shows in Canada?

 

There is a great history with celebrating punk rock. About caring about more than just yourself. That focus on empathy makes the shows feel more important and impactful. 

 

AU: Any extra-intoxicated tales to share from previous Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festivals?

 

People come out to the shows and have fun. We are hopeful that in that they take care if themselves and the others around them. 

 

AU: Anything else you would like to promote?  

 

Our last record American Fall came out Nov 2017. We are tremendously proud of the work and are doing our best to share it. 

 

AU: Final words for Canadian fans of Punk and Beer?

 

Don’t fight it. Feel it.

 

www.anti-flag.com

 

-Greetings from Canada, eh. Who are we talking to and what are you most famous of infamous for?
 
Brenna & Robert. Brenna is known for being large marge from Pee Wees big adventure because she is a beast of a driver. She drives about 95% of thetime the road, the van and herself are one. Robert is always grinding away and working on what we are doing next.
 
-What first got you into Punk Rock?
 
R: It’s sounds very cliche saying this but I mean it when I say it but what got me into Punk and music in general was the feeling of finally belonging to something when I was growing up. When I had nowhere to turn to music was always there for me so I just hope I can put back what I took out.
 
-Brief origin of your band.
 
B: We all knew each other from the OC punk scene and as the band took form and integrated new members we all fell into place pretty naturally. I think I asked Robert to join at a local punk hangout Johnny’s Saloon. 
 
-Describe your sound for people who have been living in igloos.
 
B: I read on a tour poster once that we were “Joan Jett with balls” and I rather like that, so I’ll stick to it. 
 
-What was the genesis of the  Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival?
 
B: Beer is good. Punk is fun. Beer makes punk extra rad. So let’s all get drunk and watch some punk bands. 
 
-What makes Punk in Drublic such a unique event? What can people expect if they check it out?
 
B: Its kinda like a giant backyard party with all of your friends and favorite bands. Except for a red cooler full of PBRs and a grill, you have tasty craft beers and delicious food trucks. It’s fucking rad. 
 
 
-Anything special planned for your performance at the Canadian Punk In Drublic shows?
 
R: We may bust out a couple songs we have not played live, we are not 100% sure yet. One thing different from us doing PID this time around compared to last is that people will be seeing one more live member which is our close friend Ken who used to Tour Manage us. For those of your who came out to the last PID you probably saw him play “Karla” with us when Brenna would jump into the crowd. We figured he this sounds great why don’t we add another guitar payer live. It was never really planned but just happened.
 
-Are you a fan of craft beer? What are some of your favorite ones? 
 
R: Personally I love the Einstock White Ale.
 
-Who are some of the breweries involved? Are they mostly Canadian breweries for these dates or are there American breweries as well?
 
R: We are not so sure who will be there, but we do plan on trying a few.
 
 
-I'm assuming there will be some awesome food available as well? Anything people should definitely chow down on at the festival to help soak up the alcohol?
 
B: Im crossing my fingers they’ll have tator tots. Or potato tacos. Or really anything potato related. 
 
-Any hangover cures you can share that work well for you?
 
B: Stay extra hydrated. Then a Bloody Mary next morning. 
 
-What other bands are playing with you that people should be stoked to check out??
 
R: Every band on this bill is amazing and different but we are all part of that same punk rock family.
 
 
-There seems to be some cool Canadian punk bands on the bill as well. Do you have any favorite Canadian punk bands form the past?
 
R: Propagandhi, Alexisonfire, The Real Mckenzies, The Flatliners, Old Wives.
 
-What do you like best about Canada, or about playing shows in Canada?
 
B: Poutine for days. Plus Canada feels like a second home. 
 
-Any extra-intoxicated tales to share from previous Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festivals?
 
B: Sean and I actually snuck our way into the PID in Huntington Beach and backstage without any tickets. We met Mike for the fist time and he recognized us right away. We ended up drinking free beer backstage the rest of thenight. 
 
-Anything else you would like to promote?  
 
B: Our latest video for Believe In ThePoet just came out a few months ago. Check it out here on YouTube 
 
-Final words for Canadian fans of Punk and Beer?
 
B: I wanna see all of you dancing and singing along with us! Let’s have all thefun!
 
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