I know that Anti-Flag enraged many with their jump to the majors. The message boards were in overdrive with post after post of sell out and betrayal. As I listen to their major label debut, I don’t hear any deviation to their sound or lyrics. The production is bigger but not super glossy from their past releases. I have to support them because I think they are a great gateway band that can be distributed widely to the masses. Their message to me is genuine and can convert a kid to seek out more bands of the DIY variety because something touched them personally. I know that 99 percent of the more serious punk aficionados started with a band that was either bigger or mainstream. That brings in a new generation of active punks who put forth a greater contribution to the scene. That participation has kept the underground DIY scene alive twenty-plus years. The DIY scene is the best ever and there is a reason for so many active people in the scene today. People one way or another being introduced to punk. I hope A-F like Bad Religion, NOFX, and others bring people in to the DIY fold. Even though this on a major, I have had a soft spot for A-F. They have a knack for writing infectiously melodic songs. The passion Justin Sane puts into his lyrics help too. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but they do make catchy music.