Anti-Flag – The People or the Gun Anti-Flag – The People or the Gun

Anti-Flag - The People or the Gun

Anti-Flag - The People or the Gun

I expected Seniore’s Pizza; you know, the kind of pizza you tell your friends about back home, the kind of pizza you make excuses to eat and drive way too far to get. The kind of pizza you order even though there are at least seven closer pizza joints. The type of pizza you have on speed dial despite the fact you no longer live in the same city. The type of pizza you would consider defending with your own flesh and blood. For some reason, I expected Seniore’s Pizza got Tombstone instead.

“The People or the Gun” is a Tombstone pizza as far as I’m concerned. If you’re hungry, it will suffice and you won’t absolutely hate the decision. Well, that’s untrue. I get so angry when it’s over-cooked; shit always scrapes the roof of my mouth. Other than that though, Tombstone is as predictable and reliable as food gets, you’ve had it a million times and it delivers exactly what you expect. That’s how choose to classify this record; If all you want is fast music with a political tilt – that is exactly what you will get. Nothing remarkable or extraordinarily different than what you’ve heard in the past from Anti-Flag. Nothing that differentiates track 1 from track 11 (or 12 or 13, depending on how you got the album), and nothing that really differentiates the songs from most of the other tracks they’ve released. Like getting the Tombstone combo instead of the pepperoni and sausage; same shit, just a slight change of ingredients.

Apparently the last album was a deviation from the norm for Anti-Flag and the die-hards didn’t dig it, so “The People or the Gun” is supposed to be a return of some sorts. More Tombstone I guess.

So what was I expecting then?
I loved “Die for the Government” and “A New Kind of Army” and have a fond place in my heart for “Underground Network” – this album, however, just felt generic; nothing too exciting or unique. Like something you’d find in the frozen foods aisle at Safeway.
I guess I finally realized that there aren’t too many slices of pizza like Seniore’s – and Anti-Flag has been more of a Tombstone all along.

Track Listing:
1. Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C. (Sheep in Shepherd’s Clothing)
2. The Economy Is Suffering… Let It Die
3. The Gre(a)t Depression
4. We Are the One
5. You Are Fired (Take This Job, Ah, Fuck It)
6. This Is the First Night” – 3:33
7. No War Without Warriors (How Do You Sleep?)
8. When All the Lights Go Out
9. On Independence Day
10. The Old Guard
11. Teenage Kennedy Lobotomy” (Hidden track)

Anti-Flag - The People or the Gun, reviewed by Delicious on 2009-06-30T14:29:27-07:00 rating 2.5 out of 5

3 Responses about “Anti-Flag – The People or the Gun”

  • Charles says:

    What the fuck does “The Gre(a)t Depression” even mean?

  • rowe says:

    It’s ir(on)y.

    I really think they exceeded their allowance for song titles with secondary titles in parentheses

  • Charles says:

    You know, I think I heard them debut “Die for Your Government” twelve years ago when they opened for the Bouncing Souls at Coney Island high. That was the first time for a lot of things…