Political punk icons Anti-Flag have teamed up with INDECLINE to produce and film a video for the title track from their latest Spinefarm Records release, 20/20 Vision. You can check it out below.
INDECLINE are an Activist Art Collective founded in 2001. It is comprised of graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists. The group focus on social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies.
They comment on the video and their partnership with Anti-Flag: “For INDECLINE, Anti-Flag has always provided more than just music. Growing up, the band gave us valuable insight into the mechanics of politics, war and propaganda. Their songs inspired us, provided a soundtrack for countless illegal missions in the name of activism and articulated things in a language that we spoke.
“It was an incredible honour to collaborate with Anti-Flag on the ‘20/20 Vision’ video. Their concept for the track was a perfect fit and lent itself to a stark and cinematic production. We were also privileged to collaborate with dancer and choreographer David Mayorga, whose performance took this video to an entirely new level.
“Conceptually, the ‘20/20 Vision’ video harbours a profound message that we at INDECLINE have been actively working to disseminate through artistic disruptions for close to two decades. The viewing experience is also really engaging as it forces the viewer in real time to make the decision between enjoying the light-hearted performance element, or the dark and depressing reality just behind it. This is quintessential INDECLINE in terms of visual content and we couldn’t have asked for a better collaborative partner.”
“This idea is something that was rattling around in our minds for a long time,” Anti-Flag explain. “Taking the viewer through a history lesson of pop culture, dance moves, and the horrors of human rights atrocities and violations. The politics of distraction, the escapism of art, the crumbs of capitalism that make people apathetic instead of empathetic, all of it plays into our ability to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others. When we found the activist/artist commune of Indecline, we knew we had found the folks with the visual capacity to execute this idea and tell the story.
Anti-Flag begin their North American tour on 11 March in Ottawa, ON and once again are partnering with three organizations that share the band’s values and ethos. They are teaming up with Punk Rock Saves Lives, Amnesty International USA, and HeadCount on the tour. Following these dates the band will return to Europe, touring throughout June and July.
20/20 Vision is out now and can be bought here.