Concert Review: Anti-Flag (acoustic, 2016)

Since there is never anything truly free in this world, the question was whether hearing a free acoustic concert by punk rock band Anti-Flag at Showbox SoDo would be worth the time and energy costs of attending a political rally.


I’ve seen Anti-Flag once before and they didn’t initially grab me.

When I think of punk rock, my thoughts start with the noisy punk rock leanings of Nirvana’s In Utero, specifically songs like “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” and “Milk It,” then branch out into more atonal musical territory. As such, I’ll often consider Anti-Flag and their peers as more of pop punk bands, even when they’re not. To further confuse matters, Nirvana was primarily a pop band, so I guess that’s all a punk rock mindset, huh?

Anti-Flag’s short acoustic performance was toward the tail-end of the rally. Their polished conviction for this political cause brought out a passionate performance, especially with “1 Trillion Dollar$,” and ended up impressing me.

As I tend to stay out of political conversations, let’s return to the leading question in this way: the rally overall wasn’t sold out, wasn’t packed, so we could have dropped in later, but at the risk of missing Anti-Flag?

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

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