A-F RECORDS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE:
"20 for $20. Celebrating 10 years of the labels history.”
10 years ago we released the Anti-Flag album Mobilize on our own. We took the gamble of betting on ourselves; creating an infrastructure to curate and release not just our own albums but music created by new and old friends, giving us the ability to release anything and anyone that we thought was contributing positively to their respective scenes, releasing great bands, great songs, and great records.
To celebrate this anniversary we are offering this retrospective catalog collection. 20 releases for 20 dollars. These are limited edition boxes. These are the last copies of these albums, they are out of print and will never be pressed again. Chris #2 has given a description of each release below. Check it out and place your order for this document on punk rock history!
In addition to the “20 for $20” package. In celebration of 10 years of Mobilize we are offering the 12” vinyl LP of Mobilize for $5 for a limited time to thank you all for your dedication over this 10 year period!
Much love. Much respect.
Anti-Flag and A-F Records
Pat Thetic was the one who championed Modey Lemon for A-F records. Although we all loved the band, Pat LOVED them. This recording is raw, live, powerful. Guttural screams, impeccable drumming. Modey Lemon were ahead of their time. Pioneering the two-man garage band aesthetic.
Bay Area post-punk rock. Great bass playing on this record. I remember them coming out to a show and giving Justin Sane a demo. He immediately went out to the van and listened. I’m pretty sure he offered to put the record out after listening to 1 song. He didn’t ask us. He didn’t have to. He knew we would love this band. He was not wrong.
This was the first “street punk” record we put out. This band was legit. Walked the walk and murdered their instruments. We took Virus 9 on the “Mobilize for Peace” tour. They destroyed stages.
Another Bay Area hardcore band. Shades of early AFI dominate this record. Smart lyrical metaphors from probably the best singer we worked with on A-F Records. Mark Riot was unbelievable. The way he goes from perfect pitch notes to brutal screams is amazing. This was also the first A-F release featuring a female. Their guitar player Kelly was / is, bad ass.
At this time in our lives I had been playing a lot of shows around Pittsburgh in my other band Whatever It Takes. The first friends we found/made with WIT were The Code. Marc Code is still working his ass off being the best dude ever! You can find him on stage guitar teching for Anti-Flag. The Code were the 1st band that I brought into A-F Records. I knew they had the work ethic and most importantly the songs. This album sounds fantastic too! Recorded at the legendary Sonic Iguana by Mass Giorgini.
SLC PUNX! Fucking hell this record is brutal! I didn’t communicate much with Endless Struggle, because frankly, they scared me. Burly dudes, big hair, bigger hearts. Stay Proud, Stay True, Stay Punk. Fuck yea!
I did pre-production for this album in Pittsburgh. Chicago natives Much The Same came to town for a week while Anti-Flag was writing The Terror State. I remember working a ton of the drum beats and bass playing. I think their rhythm section was better for it, but the room was hot and miserable. I’m sure they hated me! This record is fantastic. Think early Fat Wreck / Epitaph sound, but updated with brutal breakdowns.
DMS! LA/HC. Fuck. Raul, the singer, mastermind, of DMS was the fucking best. Just the biggest heart. Such a commitment to his band. They toured endlessly, worked their fucking asses off. They had vans breakdown, catch on fire, it never slowed them. We played a show with them about a year ago. They were as great as ever.
Jorge who was A-F Records label manager for many years knew Inhuman for years. NYC metal/hardcore. This band was loud. It also features our first venture into fancy packaging for a release. The cover is a transparency that shows through only parts. It was a really interesting design for one of our more heavy releases.
Now, its impossible to have a favorite child. However, if I could only take 1 A-F Records release with me on a desert island, it would be this one! I still remember sitting in my apartment and talking to Richard about releasing this record. The goals that they had, what they wanted it to sound like. Richard now drums for None More Black and runs Horsebites designs. He still made one of my favorite records. Period.
This is a combination of the 2 WIT releases. WIT always made super limited runs of our own stuff. No special reason, other than the shows we were playing were small and few and far between. When we booked our first real run of shows A-F Records pressed this collection. I loved making music with these friends. I’m so glad this document exists.
This was pressed out of necessity! Ha. We originally released this on 10” vinyl. But alas. We were ahead of the vinyl boom! Hahaha. No one bought them. They only wanted CD’s. Who’d of thunk it! So A-F pressed the CD. These are the last 3 songs Whatever It Takes recorded. They’re also my favorite 3 songs.
The lights! They were filling the void Refused left, but they were doing it in Graz Austria. And not many people were privy to it. Anti-Flag played a show in Graz, I don’t remember much about it other than, I wasn’t feeling well. On my way out of the club, Christoph of RLF gave me their album. I thanked him. Went to bed. Put it on. Forced myself to get better and hunt him down. It was amazing. I asked them if they wanted to release their next release on A-F. This is the result. I love this story.
I produced this record. We recorded it in a make shift home studio. It was actually my first time working with Justin Francis, who recorded the White Wives album and just recently mixed Anti-Flag The General Strike. He was 15 when we made Heart Attack. Amazing. Ben, my childhood friend, singer of Vacancy, was unstoppable. Combining crazy melody after melody. He had a Nirvana meets Elvis Costello thing happening. It was so great to watch and help shape these songs. This album was mixed by Bill Stevenson. Its classic. A tie as my favorite with NMDS.
Before Strike Anywhere and Hot Rod Circuit, there was Inquisition. I have an Inquisition “heart” tattoo. I love this band that much. We felt this album needed to be heard again. We begged them to let us re- release it. They obliged.
Anti- Flag toured with DH years ago. We became instant best friends, even though we’re from 2 different worlds. Punk and metal. DH had this collection of their first recordings. We were honored to put it out, keep it alive. Some of our dearest friends.
Pittsburgh natives. Brought to our attention from Dan Rock who now runs Lock and Key Collective. A fantastic band. Mixing melody and indie/punk rhythm. Also a great live band. This record was taken on tour by them and released in Pittsburgh only. Not many have their hands on this. Till now.
Justin loves introspect. Stza Crack (leftover crack) loves introspect. They both appear on this release. Industrial punk is the only way I can describe it. But its better than that. Its loops. Its hooks. Its punk rock. Its electronic. Its just a great fucking record.
Just a collection of our favorite songs from friends bands.
An EP that we released to benefit a cause very close to our hearts that contained 5 previously unreleased tracks as well as 5 live songs recorded at Mr. Smalls in PGH in April 2007.
This was an awesome thing to do. I love so many of the records and the people who made them. Its just amazing to me that 4 fuck up kids from Pittsburgh, with a lot of help from a lot of great friends, can have this document of their contribution to their sector of the punk rock scene. These are great albums. We’ll be sad to see them all go out of print, but I can not personally think of a better send off.
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