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Anti-Flag: The People Or The Gun

Anti-Flag: The People Or The Gun

Punk Rock
Rating: 4.0/5.0

After receiving a lot of criticism for signing onto a major label for their two previous albums, Anti-Flag returns to the indie scene with 2009's The People or the Gun. The band wallows in the concepts of political punk so you can expect a lot of songs to be ripped from the headlines of today's world. Any type of subtlety is also thrown out with titles like 'The Economy is Suffering… Let it Die' and 'The Gre(A)t Depression'. Vocals are what anyone could expect from a semi hardcore punk band; someone yelling at you for the entire album. However, musically is where The People or the Gun really shines. Somewhere down the line Anti-Flag learned that in order to make great music, punk or not, you must first learn to play your instruments instead of just hitting them as hard and as fast as you can. Songs have structure, riffs and even solos. The talents of each instrument are shown throughout the album. Guitar: 'The Economy is Suffering… Let it Die' and 'We Are the One'. Bass: 'Independence Day'. Drums: 'The Gre(A)t Depression' and 'When All the Lights Go Out'. The album also has variation thrown in. A few of the songs are much slower than the breakneck speed of the rest of the album.

Punk players who can actually play their instruments well are a rarity. While some may not agree with the political beliefs of the band, The People or the Gun is certainly worth a listen.

In Short

Punk players who can actually play their instruments well are a rarity. While some may not agree with the political beliefs of the band, The People or the Gun is certainly worth a listen.

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