Anti-Flag Announce New Album 'Lies They Tell Our Children'

Watch a video for lead single "LAUGH. CRY. SMILE. DIE.," featuring Silverstein's Shane Told

BY Allie GregoryPublished Jul 29, 2022

Ahead of their extensive North American tour — including dates in Ontario and Quebec — Anti-Flag have detailed a forthcoming new album called Lies They Tell Our Children, out January 6 via Spinefarm. Today, the punk vets share lead single "LAUGH. CRY. SMILE. DIE.," featuring Silverstein's Shane Told.

Alongside Told's appearance on the record, several contributions by alternative and punk contemporaries are also featured, including Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Brian Baker of Bad Religion, Ashrita Kumar of Pinkshift, Campino of Die Toten Hosen, Tré Burt, and Stacey Dee of Bad Cop/Bad Cop.

"The album itself is the first conceptual album the band has ever done," the band said in a release, "spawned out of a compulsive need to not just comment on the dystopian corporate wasteland we all face but to trace it back to the origin of this fate; the political policies, laws, cultural shifts, and lineage of injustice that have led us to the world we live in today."

They continued:

Like the band itself, of course the album is an anti-war statement both in the literal and figurative sense. This is an important moment in history and demands an urgent response, but we thought it was also important that we retrace our footsteps to the beginning of these issues. In order to better understand how to eradicate climate devastation, imperialism, war based economics, systems predicated upon racism, and the increasing belief that these things do not even exist, you have got to take people to the source. This idea is the crux of The Lies They Tell Our Children; put this wretched history in their face and demand their empathy.

Likewise, today's new release deals with the perils of climate change. Listen to "LAUGH. CRY. SMILE. DIE." below, where you'll also find the album's tracklisting.

Lies They Tell Our Children:

2. MODERN META MEDICINE feat. Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage
3. LAUGH. CRY. SMILE. DIE. feat. Shane Told of Silverstein
4. THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES feat. Tim McIlrath of Rise Against and Brian Baker of Bad Religion
5. IMPERIALISM feat. Ashrita Kumar of Pinkshift
6. VICTORY OR DEATH (WE GAVE 'EM HELL) feat. Campino of Die Toten Hosen
8. SHALLOW GRAVES feat. Tré Burt
10. NVREVR feat. Stacey Dee of Bad Cop/Bad Cop

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