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Anti-Flag: MobilizeMobilize (2002)
A-F Records

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So there's this new album from Anti-Flag. There are eight new tracks followed by eight live tracks of songs from their four previous albums. I'm sure we've all heard about Anti-Flag at one point or another during the last year or so. For fans that have followed the band since their older albums, .
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So there's this new album from Anti-Flag. There are eight new tracks followed by eight live tracks of songs from their four previous albums. I'm sure we've all heard about Anti-Flag at one point or another during the last year or so. For fans that have followed the band since their older albums, it's amazing to see a band with this message become so popular in today's punk scene where melody, hooks, and personal lyrics run rampant. But that's just the thing- Anti-Flag has melody, they have hooks, but their message of unity, rebellion, and individuality is somewhat of a minority.

Mobilize follows in the same vein as A New Kind of Army and Underground Network musically. The choruses and shout alongs are there. The guitars buzz with synchronization, the bass bubbles with affection, and the drums keep the tempo precise. As always, Justin Insane's vocals are always fun to listen to. #2, the bassist, also lends his gruff vocals on a couple of tracks. The only real difference with Mobilize than their last album, Underground Network, is the production. Not too overproduced, but forumlated enough to sound loud, Anti-Flag come off as much more angry and raw.

The live tracks on this release are simply awesome. Playing songs like, "Tearing Everyone Down," "Underground Network," "Free Nation," "Spaz's House Destruction Party," and of course "Die For the Government," Anti-Flag sound incredible. The production is very lucid, much like No Use's live album.

The only real complaint I have with this album is of course the lyrical content. Don't get me wrong, Anti-Flag do have clever lyrics, it's just that they come off as repetitive and dull sometimes. However, this doesn't really stop the listener by having a really fun listening experience.

After hearing new tracks like "911 For Peace" and "Mumia's Song" live, I can say that Anti-Flag is surely not slowing down. While this isn't their best release (I would suggest getting A New Kind of Army), it's clear that they are some of the best songwriters out there.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

justin insane? i hope you die for saying that!

Anonymous (June 2, 2005)

like buddy said you guys need to fucking relax WTF is your problem if you dont like them fucking why did u write a comment why r u looking at the cd your just all cozzin shit

Anonymous (August 11, 2004)

I think you fuckers that like to point out punk-rock bands and make fun of their message THAT ACTUALLY HAS A POINT need to get a fucking life. You fuckers that do this shit just make me fucking sick. This is punk-rock, we need to unite and make a god-damn purpose rather than fighting eachother. As far as the album goes...its good stuff. Buy this album now.

Anonymous (August 5, 2004)

I saw these guys at the warped tour and these guys are fukin great. i think they were one of the best bands there and they have songs about the real problems and dont just whine or brag about their girlfriends like so many other bands out there so if any1s going to bad mouth them just stop urself and realli listen to the words in their songs...that should make u think twice

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

Fucking this album owns down...

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

i've always kinda thought of anti-flag as propagandhi junior. i still like them though, even if they do try a bit hard at times. just bought this album today. listened to it once so far. it's okay.
and on the point of good books to read:
-Rogue States (N. Chompsky)
-Rogue State (W. Blum)
-Stupid White Men (M. Moore)

sjonit (September 28, 2002)

Fucken amazing! "Anatomy of your enemy" is so fucking true. Fuck systematic brainwashing of entire states!

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

against me are on that sampler, they kick alot of ass

Anonymous (July 21, 2002)

I thought Mobilize was pretty good, not their best but good. Personally my favorite AF song is "bring out your dead"........Anyway i wanted to talk about the sampler that came with the cd. It's pretty freakin awesome. Yes to whoever said that, Pipedown is cool but way better live i think. I saw them at the mobilize for peace tour in SF, along with Anti-Flag (duh), Virus Nine (Freakin awesome, check them out), Against all Authority, and Thrice (one of my favorites). Now THAT was an awesome show. Relatively small place, good vibes all around. One of those shows where you've got 7 people helping you up before you even hit the ground. Good stuff. Anyway....another really good band on the sampler is "Against Me!" Get some of their songs, they are awesome as well. Sorry for babbling just wanted to give people some more bands to check out. Remember guys we're all the same so theres no use in arguing. If another guy doesnt think like you dont try to influence his judgement or make him wrong. Influencing someone else to be like you, no matter how cool, right, justified, fair you may be, is JUST as bad as them brainwashing you. Good example: Pressuring someone to be straight edge is as bad as pressuring someone to do drugs. Make love not war.

Anonymous (May 17, 2002)

Erik has just proved his genius is beyond explanation.
-cynical bastard

riotgurl (May 16, 2002)

The album fuckin rocks! Saw them in Montreal in April and I have never been to a show like it. The pit was intense and the feeling of unity was insane. The best part was most of the crowd was over 19!! Im sick of going to shows these days that used to be dominated by the 20 and over crowd and finding a bunch of trendy bitches and boys that aren't even 16 and are just there for something to do. I know musics for everyone but its pretty bad when you go to get another beer at the bar and you hear chicks complianing that its to ruff and people are bumping into them.-- its a fucking punk show you idiot, what the fuck do you expect!!!!!
and im not dissin all you young ones by far, but ones that are in it cause its the "cool" thing right now-fuck off you no brain fucks

Anonymous (May 15, 2002)

fell down the tubes after Andy Flag left. Lost their personality and variety that made them a very interesting band. Mundane. Rehashed. Trite. Blah. Banana.

Christmas Ape Rides Again

Anonymous (May 15, 2002)

look who just reviewed it "notquiteaspunk as shut the fuck up you idiot". you just gotta die for the goverment and watch us be punk rock!
- erik
www.magnetichorn.tk

evildeadalive (May 15, 2002)

I just bought the A-F sampler yesterday, (didn't feel like 15$ more for Mobilize... not that I don't like Anti-Flag, I'm just a little bored of them right now) and I must say it is pretty damn good. Is it just me or do Pipedown fucking rule? Can't wait to find a full length from those guys.

Adam110785 (May 15, 2002)

I personally own this CD and as I've listened to it for about two months now. And I would to say some things to the Flag-Humping idiots out there.
All that Anti-Flag does is tell the truth about the problems of America. If you listen to their older stuff (Die For Your Government,Their System Doesnt Work For You,A New Kind Of Army, Underground Network you will know what they are talking about.
Just because you idiots arent educated, doesnt mean that you can knock on Flag. Listen to their older albums, you may learn something.
Mobilze has my full aproval. Its an awesome recording, and im surprised that the live 8 tracks sound so well.

Anonymous (May 13, 2002)

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Fuzzy (May 12, 2002)

I really like Anti-Flag. I think they are a great "intro to politics in music" band. They don't go too deep into their politics, which allows some kids easy access to them, as they don't know that much. And I can vouch for their live show, it's fucking amazing, and the last one I went to was non-smoking (it rocked my socks!). I have to say there are bands that do the politics better, but they aren't as accessible music-wise as these guys are. They do a damn good job I think, and have a lot of soul behind them.

That being said...I really don't like this album. Their songwriting has gone downhill, and aside from 911 for Peace, most of it doesn't have the urgeency or soul that songs like DFYGovt, New Kind of Army, Tearing Everyone Down...etc have that make me love them.

Their best song I think is "Culture Revolution" off of Underground Network. Grab a copy and listen to it. It's good, and think it carries with it a message that so many other bands don't have.

punky (May 11, 2002)

The only thing that pissed me off here is 'Brick by brink, wall by wall' line in Mumia's song, that reminds me of propagandhi's Bullshit politicians ...and another song, 'Right to choose', has similar lyrics to propagandhi's 'homophobes are just angry coz they can't get laid'...

Anonymous (May 10, 2002)

Song writing doesn't just pertain to lyrics you dumb shit. I'm talking about the musical structure.

Phillip (May 10, 2002)

"it's clear that they are some of the best songwriters out there." You should be hanged and shot. "Gotta die for your country that's shit!" is not good songwriting.

Anonymous (May 10, 2002)

first..justin's name is justin sane not justin insane...

the second cd is an a-f records sampler (feat. thought riot, the code, pipedown, the methadones, etc)

Vien (May 10, 2002)

I like anti-flag, but this was definitely not thier best. They only took like 2 months to record and write the thing right after the sept. 11 tradgedy. I don't think they gave all the effort they could have in the record.

seek (May 9, 2002)

Anti-Flag has really passed their prime long ago. I mean, DIE FOR THE GOVERNMENT is a good album, and it deteriorates each album from that, until you get a really boring album like Underground Network. Cliche liberalisms and boring music. There were maybe 2-3 OK songs on tht album. I didn't listen to Mobilize, but it looks like most the live tracks are off Underground Network anyhow. I mean, the thing is fucking called MOBILIZE. How horribly lame can you get? Did they just decide to take the first term off whatever anti-globalism flyer they could find? I hate the word mobilize. AHHHHHH.

Anonymous (May 8, 2002)

so for all the people who talk about how amazing anti-flag are for their politics have you really learned anything at all. I personally find that people who claim to like "political" bands know nothing about politics. so my main point is anti flag is all fine and dandy but try actually learning about politics and corruption, read any book by Noam Chomsky (that's not one of his essay's on lingustics, particulary you should read What Uncle Sam really wants), Read Steal This Book by Abie Hoffman, or The Wretched of the Earth etc......

Anonymous (May 8, 2002)

lu·cid   Pronunciation Key  (lsd)
adj.
1. Easily understood; intelligible.
2. Mentally sound; sane or rational.
3. Translucent or transparent. See Synonyms at clear.

Anonymous (May 8, 2002)

Ohh god,here comes the "I hate Anti-Flag" people. Grow up you stupid peaces of shit. I think those fifteen year olds are more smarter and more mature than you "older" 20 year olds. You listen to your love songs and then you cap on bands with a good, positive message. Then you say how unoriginal they are... fuck you not many bands even go further into social things like Anti-Flag. Well I think ive heard a lot more of those love song "punk" groups than a social and political group. Why? Because they will make money like that and they will get all the groupies. I also hate when people call the members of anti-flag fags or they say instead of anti-flag it should be anti-fag. Why would you even say that offensive homophobic word. Anti-flag are humanitarians and they actually care for people and they stand up against anything degrading to a person and that includes gays. That dosen't make them gay but if they are who cares, its only a sexuality. Sexuality dosent make how a person will act or think. So you Anti-flag haters just stop posting on the reviews of Anti-flag because if you dont like them then why are you wasting your time posting something stupid that people wont even take seriously. Instead go close your mind somewhere else and listen to your stupid Guttermouth.

Anonymous (May 8, 2002)

The second cd is an AF Records sampler. Anti-Flag kicks ass too, they stand up for what they believe in and don't take shit from anyone because of their beliefs. When was the last time you've seen the The Starting Line or Yellowcard be positive and support just causes? You haven't. They suck and are the most generic, unoriginal, cookie-cutter bands, just like every other pop "punk" band out there. oh well, just a rant. listen to what you want.

Anonymous (May 8, 2002)

It is a 2 cd set. The 2nd cd is a sampler of bands on Anti-Flags's new record label "A-F Records". Overall this is a definite buy just for the new songs, the old ones are still classics too. This is alot better than all that other bullshit that is on the market at least. With all these pointless/ ignorant bands with their "monosylobic names followed by a number" its great we still have punk with a meaning.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

"There are eight new tracks followed by eight live tracks of songs from their four previous albums"

When i look at the song list on www.cdnow.com, it shows a 2 cd set. in the review, only the first 16 are mentioned. waht about the 2nd cd?

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

you guys complain when people arent punk enough and sing about girls and parties too much. Then when someone reviews a band that is political, punk, and intellegent you down them too. What the hell do you people want???

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

"Fuck the Government! Fuck Capitalism! Don't forget to buy our records and fuck society hoodies at the merch booth before your mom picks you and your fifteen year old friends up in the family mercedes"

better than anything I could have said.

ps - i thought these dorks were on fat wreck?

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

fuckin communists

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

What the fuck? There is fucking NOTHING wrong with kids going to a show and being picked up by their parents. At least they are out there and going. It's not their fault they weren't born earlier and can't drive yet. Fuck off elitist.

As far as the album goes, it's decent. My friends find it cool to pop out whatever cd I'm listening to and put it in whenever they are around (in the car, at home, etc) and replace it with this album, so I've sort of become sick of it (Hearing 911 for Peace Die For Your Govt OVER AND OVER really gets annoying.) , but as an album itself it isn't too bad, although the lyrics are a bit repetitive (as are all previous albums), but its still a rad cd to listen to once in a while.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Lots of people have relevant things to say. But I'd rather not hear it said over played out watered down wannabe 77 punk. And just because you don't have a band doesn't mean you can't make valid musical criticisms.

P.S. It's "your", not "yr."

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

who cares if thier not completely orginal or with fat they have a something to say relevent to our times, plus it looks like thier having a good time why don't you start yr own bands and enjoy yrself too...or would that be to progressive? .grow up kiddies.

rickets (May 7, 2002)

"Fuck the Government! Fuck Capitalism! Don't forget to buy our records and fuck society hoodies at the merch booth before your mom picks you and your fifteen year old friends up in the family mercedes"

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

there are so many more interesting bands with a political message than these clowns. at least before bands like Naked Raygun and DK made things interesting. This band is like mixing The Sex Pistols in with the entire fat wreck catalog and coming out with generic shit. and that song 911 for peace is painful to listen to if only because of the third grade lyrics.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Opps, meant to give that a half star, not 5.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Garbage. I have never heard a more unoriginal band in my life. Everything they do is recycled and completely uninteresting. I will never understand why they are so popular. I'm glad they have political lyrics, but it can't make up for their boring and generic music.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

This was totally worth the 9.99 I paid for it. Nobody even mentioned the most hilarious shinanigance at the end of the cd. That made it all worth the cash spent. Anti-Flag doin "Cause I Got High", just a little more than irony there for ya. Even the story about the house destruction party was interesting. Got a little bored with the middle of the album, but the beginning and end were pretty solid. No complaints, I've heard better live recordings, but a lot more that have been shit.
-Devious

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Anti-Flag fucking rules. I dont know the band like incredibly well but after I saw them at Warped 2000 I have become a huge fan. I really like this new album, I think 911 for Peace is an amazing song. But, girlgerms, if someone doesnt like Anti-flag then let them not like Anti-flag. I am sure there are a lot of bands that people like and you dont and a lot of bands you like that other people dont. I agree that the comments most of the time are stupid but let them voice their opinion its not hurting you and, if i have learned anything from you, it is wrong to let someone take away your freedom of speech. So let them bitch all they want I still think Anti-Flag rules!-pat41

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

the guy below us is saying that we should like every thing we listen to, i dont like anti-flag, but im not gonna say dont listen to them because i dont, fuck dont fucking shove your musical tastes down my throat, ill think for MYSELF, and if i know anything about anti-flag's message its definately clear THINK FOR YOURSELF, i personally think they get too caught up on "this guy's a poser that guy's a poser everywhere you look theres a poser" no one cares if your a poser, call me a poser i dont care, id rather see bad religion

girlgerms (May 7, 2002)

i was expecting a bad review and hate comments though this is the first but i'll bet my ass the next are gonna be like 'anti fllag sux' and the witty 'anti fag'. well piss off all ye anti flag haters and go hump a fucking flag pole. Anti flag have done some fucking awesome songs like 'red white and brainwashed'(all you's!) and 'die for the government' and 'kill the rich', fucking hell some awesome shit. If you fucking hate anti flag fucking piss off who the fuck cares if you hate them, go piss on y'self or somethin.
piss off.fuckin hell.why the fuck am i swearing so fucking godamn much for christs sake?

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