Anti-Flag have revealed the lyric video for the song “Sky Is Falling”. Watch it here:
The song lives on the band’s upcoming Spinefarm debut, American Spring, out May 25. The song and the clip address an extremely topical issue—drone strikes.
In the wake of recent events, where an American and Italian citizen were killed by drone strikes, the song arrives at a critical time in the current government administration. While the media has spent a significant amount of time covering the jokes that were made at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner over the weekend, many Americans remain appalled by what happened in the Middle East, which is why “Sky Is Falling” is such an important song and even more crucial political statement.
Here’s what the band had to say about the song and the drone strikes.
“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.”
Read what Amnesty International is saying about drones and get involved.
The band has also confirmed a new batch of tour dates that will keep them on the road through release date and beyond.
ANTI-FLAG TOUR DATES:
09.05.2015 Pittsburgh, PA (US) Smiling Moose
14.05.2015 Newport, KY (US) Southgate House
15.05.2015 St. Louis, MO (US) Fubar
17.05.2015 Kansas City, MO (US) Record Bar
18.05.2015 Des Moines, IA (US) Wooly’s
19.05.2015 Omaha, NE (US) Slowdown
20.05.2015 Ft.Collins, CO (US) Aggie Theatre
21.05.2015 Denver, CO (US) Marquis
23.05.2015 Las Vegas, NV (US) Punk Rock Bowling
28.05.2015 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
29.05.2015 Bolzano (IT) Full Tension Festival
30.05.2015 München (DE) Rockavaria
31.05.2015 Gelsenkirchen (DE) Rock im Revier
01.06.2015 Paris (FR) La Maroquinerie
02.06.2015 London (UK) Old Blue Last
18.07.2015 Rochester, NY (US) Lost Horizon
19.06.2015 Providence, RI (US) Simon’s 677
20.06.2015 Burlington, VT (US) Showcase Lounge, Higher Ground
21.06.2015 Portland, ME (US) Port City Music Hall
23.06.2015 Buffalo, NY (US) Waiting Room
24.06.2015 Toledo, OH (US) Frankie’s
25.06.2015 Columbus, OH (US) The Basement
26.06.2015 Grand Rapids, MI (US) Intersecton
27.06.2015 Erie, PA (US) Basement Transmissions
13.07.2015 Quebec City, QC (CA) Festival D’ete – Imperial de Quebec
16.07.2015 Glaubitz (DE) Back To The Future Festival
17.07.2015 Dour (BE) Dour Festival
18.07.2015 Wiesen (AT) Two Days A Week Festival
19.07.2015 Budapest (HU) Budapest Park
21.07.2015 Bratislava (SLO) Randal
23.07.2015 Innsbruck (AT) Weekender
24.07.2015 Dornbirn (AT) Conrad Sohm
25.07.2015 Bologna (IT) Alchemica
30.07.2015 Moravska Trebova (CZ) Fest Pod Parou
02.08.2015 Tolmin (SL) Punk Rock Holiday
04.08.2015 London (UK) Old Blue Last
06.08.2015 Blackpool (UK) Rebellion Festival
08.08.2015 London (UK) Brooklyn Bowl – PUNKS AND PINS
09.08.2015 Bristol (UK) Motion & The Marble Factory
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