Remastered and revisited... Available on cassette for the first time ever!
ANTI-FLAG's 1996 classic debut album "Die For The Government" delivers blistering, snotty punk rock anthems that would become the fan favorites still decades later. Features blistering hardcore punk rock anthems such as “You’ve Got To Die For The Government,” “Red, White And Brainwashed,” “Police State In The USA” and more!
This is the album that put Anti-Flag on the map and led to their numerous appearances on the Vans Warped Tour as well as their eventual signing to Fat Wreck Chords!
Anti-Flag’s long-standing fight against authority, tyranny, oppression and establishment started in 1996 when they released their full-length debut “Die For The Government”. It is a raw, gritty and anthemic “in your face” album that was recorded as a trio but shortly after the recordings, bassist/singer Andy Flag left the band and Justin Sane (vocals/guitar) and Pat Thetic (drums) found a way to go without him and as a matter of fact, to release much better music.
Of course, “Die For The Government” is a great album too. Anti-Flag’s snotty and punchy street punk delivered some fine sing/shoutalong moments. Often the chorus of the track would be its entire title - “Fuck Police Brutality”, “She’s My Little Go-Go Dancer”, “Police State In the USA” etc. The song “You’ve Gotta Die For The Government” is arguably the most infamous cut here with its absolute raging refrain that has an acapella bridge part where the vocal harmonies bear striking resemblance to some Balkan/Bulgarian folklore music.
Lyrically, it’s as political and left-wing as any later Anti-Flag record and if you think about it - these songs could have been released in 2022 and still be completely relevant. The track “Summer Squatter Go Home” dribbles on ska-core with tons of crust (punk) on top and yes, it’s about squatting in empty buildings.
“Die For The Government” has a bigger hardcore edge than pretty much everything the band has done after and honestly it's a good old-fasioned punk album. I wouldn’t call it a ‘90s classic but definitely an album that made the people talk about Anti-Flag as one of the fiercest human rights’ fighters in the punk scene." - @4nastyhoneybadgers