21 July 2023
Veteran Pittsburg ANTI-FLAG have broken up. Last night, the long-running political
punk band announced on Patreon that they had disbanded. The breakup is abrupt.
The band is on tour in Europe and they were scheduled to play in Prague tomorrow night.
The announcement includes very little context. Here it is.
“Anti-Flag has disbanded. the patreon has been switched into a mode where it will n
o longer charge the monthly fee. i will begin to process refunds to all patrons in the coming weeks. once all refunds are processed the patreon page will also be removed.”
All their social media accounts are deleted now.
Stereogum reports: “The band’s website and their social-media pages have all been removed. This leaves a lot of questions unanswered. On Reddit, fans pointed out a podcast episode that went live yesterday. On the latest episode of Enough, a podcast dedicated to sexual assault in the music business, a woman tells a story about being raped by the singer in a political punk band. She never names the band or the singer, but it’s hard to hear that story without connecting dots. The story is extremely upsetting, both in its details and in the sense of betrayal that surrounds it. You can hear it here below.
50-year-old frontman JUSTIN SANE, started the first version of Anti-Flag in Pittsburgh in 1988. For their entire lifespan, Anti-Flag have pushed left-wing principles and political causes. They released 13 albums, with this year’s Lies They Tell Your Children.