Anti-Flag Backs Up Its Bush-Bashing

“A couple of years ago, we were the only band on Warped going, and I’ll be blunt, ‘Fuck George Bush and fuck politicians who like George Bush,’ ” says charismatic bassist-singer Chris #2, calling from a sunbaked Phoenix tour stop. “That time was so bizarre for us. We had people inside the punk movement, that we considered friends, giving back our T-shirts, sending back our records, and totally buying into the nationalism movement. I don’t know if they thought George Bush had suddenly taken genius pills, but people who’d previously been demanding a recall were giving him their blind faith.”

That’s not the case today, and not just because Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 has given Americans something to seriously think about. As the casualties–and the wartime atrocities–mount on both sides, a whole lot of people have become outraged at what’s transpired in Iraq over the past year.

“We’ve been saying all along that on September 10 George Bush was an asshole and on September 12 he was an asshole,” Chris #2 says. “This year on the Warped Tour there isn’t a band that’s not saying that same kind of thing, which I think is awesome. I’m glad that popular sentiment on the tour is a progressive one.” [more]