Anti-Flag will release their brand new full-length American Fall on 3rd November 2017. We were able to talk to Anti-Flag bassist / singer Chris Barker aka Chris #2 about his hardcore-punk roots.

1Do you remember the first hardcore / punk show you went to? Is the club still open today?

C: It was actually an Anti-Flag show at a place called Charlie’s Bistro. It’s Long closed down. It was huge for me to find punk rock from the city I lived in. Until that show I had no idea what was right in reach, it only existed on record until that very moment.

2What is your all-time favorite club or location?

C: Metropolis is Montreal. We have had the most insane shows there. It holds 3000 people and feels like a club. The sound is still loud and in your face, and shows in Montreal are always poetic. The city and the people are beautiful and kind.

3Do you remember the first hardcore / punk record you got?

C: It was a tape with a Cringer album on The A side and Bad Religion on the B.

4In your opinion what is the perfect hardcore-punk show?

C: I associate hardcore with a few different sub genres. But to build a bill of my favorite 5 bands??? Minor Threat/Black Flag/Circle Jerks/Dead Kennedy’s (with Jello, sorry!)/Kid Dynamite

5What is your all-time favorite show you’ve played?

C: shit… that is so hard to pick! Top 3:

  1. Philadelphia with Rage Against The Machine in 1999. Our first ever arena show. The power in that building was unreal.
  2. Woodstock Festival in Poland. 350,000 people, our biggest show ever.
  3. Metropolis Montreal January 2017. Ending our set with Brandenburg Gate and everyone arm in arm singing the guitar parts, it was a moment I’ll never forget.

6Is there a show you missed in the past that still makes you angry that you could not be there?

C: Lifetime, I would have loved to see them when they were actively touring in the 90’s.

7What band would you like to see again?

C: Fugazi. PLEASE!

8Is there a person who has influenced you especially in hardcore / punk?

C: Thomas Barnett Strike Anywhere/Great Collapse. His voice, passion, politics, everything. His kindness towards me and everyone he meets is beyond inspiring.


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9What are you top 3 hardcore-punk drummers / front men (women)?

C: Drummers:

  • Dave Wagenshutz (sp?) – Kid Dynamite
  • H. Pelligro – Dead Kennedy’s
  • Constantine – Red Lights Flas

Front person:

  • Thomas – Strike Anywhere
  • Ian Mackaye – Fugazi
  • Kathleen Hanna – Le Tigre/Bikini Killl

10What is in your opinion the most underrated hardcore-punk band?

C: Strike Anywhere or Kid Dynamite

11Are there some newer bands you could mention?

C: soul glo, edhochuli, war on women and sharptooth!


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