The Fireball - Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 will see Pennsylvanian punk rockers, Anti-Flag share the stage with Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies and Sweet Little Machine. We caught up with Anti-Flag bassist and vocalist, Chris "#2" to talk about tours, playing with Reel Big Fish again and their forthcoming album, American Fall.
You’re playing eight dates on the Fireball Fuelling the Fire Tour alongside Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies and Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, Sweet Little Machine. You’ve shared the stage with Reel Big Fish in the past, so how does it feel being back on the road with those guys again?
"They're the best. It's actually a very cool bill, Reel Big Fish are so much fun and it allows us to tap into the side of our band that is as well. Activism, empathy, hope, optimism; these are fun and cool ways to live. The show becomes a celebration of unity - it's a special time."
We last saw you at our venues back in 2011 when you played Slam Dunk with Less Than Jake. How does it feel coming back to the UK? Do you have any fond memories?
"The U.K. has traditionally been kind to Anti-Flag. From London Astoria to The Old Blue Last and Reading and Leeds, it's a culture that appreciates true art. Then there are the Corbyn election people, especially young people, who seem tuned in and fired up for real positive change in the world and that's the sh*t we want to be a part of."
You’re off to Aftershock Festival as soon as your wrap up your UK run, where you’re on the bill with the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Ozzy Osbourne. Is there anyone in particular that you would like to go along and see in action?
"Very excited to see Nine Inch Nails. Haven't seen them since a Lollapalooza a very long time ago, it's always a cathartic and heavy experience."
Your new album, American Fall, drops in early November and you’ve just given us a taste of what’s to come with your single, ‘American Attraction’. Have you felt particularly inspired to write lately?
"Of course. Anti-Flag has always been inspired by injustice and the human spirit's reactions to it. This record is a document of four kids from Pittsburgh refusing to allow hatred, violence, sexism, racism, transphobia and homophobia to become normalized."
Finally, if you could pick three people to have a shot of Fireball with, who would you choose and why?
"My mom, to see her reaction, Billy Bragg, to hear him talk sh*t when he's on it and Joe Strummer, to throw the whiskey away and have him teach me songs."
O2 Ritz Manchester: Wednesday 11 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 12 October - SOLD OUT
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Monday 16 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Tuesday 17 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Wednesday 18 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Glasgow: Thursday 19 October - Buy Tickets