Anti-Flag have revealed a lyric video for ‘Sky Is Falling’, taken from their forthcoming Spinefarm Records debut ‘American Spring’.
Explaining the message behind the track, the band wrote:
“We release this song and video days after President Obama apologized for a drone strike that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian being held captive by al Qaeda in Pakistan. President Obama did the right thing by apologizing to the victims and their families. But otherwise, his apologies fall short of the target.
“We call on President Obama to extend his apologies to victims of U.S. drone strikes who do not hold U.S. and European passports. Furthermore, we demand an end to the U.S. drone program.
“There are countless innocent victims, families and communities whose lives have been devastated by illegal, out of control, and unaccountable U.S. drone strikes. This onslaught of aggression is sold to the American people as a surgical strike program that combats terrorism and makes the U.S. safer, when its net total result is neither.
“During the Vietnam War, U.S. soldiers were under orders to win over the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people while simultaneously ordered to burn down their villages. For obvious reasons, this policy was a failure. U.S. drone policy is no different, turning innocent people who would otherwise not be in opposition to America against the U.S.
“This policy is immoral, unethical and unproductive. Amnesty International has questioned the legality of the U.S. drone program in relation to international law.
“This song focuses on the fact that dropping bombs on people’s heads is terror, regardless of who is dropping those bombs. Be it a high tech U.S. drone firing munitions without warning or a suicide bomber detonating an explosive vest without warning, instruments of terror are those that keep a civilian population on edge due to the constant threat of attack.”
Anti-Flag arrive in the UK this August for four shows, playing London’s Old Blue Last before heading to Blackpool’s Rebellion Festival, returning to London for a show at Brooklyn Bowl, then finishing up at Bristol’s Motion & The Marble Factory. The dates in full read:
04 LONDON Old Blue Last
06 BLACKPOOL Rebellion Festival
08 LONDON Brooklyn Bowl
09 BRISTOL Motion & The Marble Factory
Check out the video for ‘Sky Is Falling’ bellow: