Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Anti-Flag takes peace and punk to Asia

* Anti-Flag is out making new friends -- in Southeast Asia.

On its first-ever swing through the region, the political Pittsburgh band has been rallying the punks at the Silver Lake Music Festival in Thailand (with the likes of Incubus, Owl City and Seether) and in Indonesia, and is now moving on to Malaysia and Hong Kong.

In a text sent Wednesday, singer Justin Sane related that the tour is "madness in all the best forms!!!"

"First of all, half of the places we go we are instant celebrities. Not because we are in Anti-Flag but because we are four weird looking white dudes in black (one of which looks like Billy Idol) in a places where people who look like us are rare."

He added, "There are these Muslim kids in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia that have found punk. Guess what? They're just like the Christian kids in America who have found punk! They don't want to suicide-bomb anyone. They just want to rock and see everyone treated equally. It's very life-affirming. If these people were any more welcoming or friendly I think my heart would burst. This trip has affirmed everything I believe in my heart, the very essence of the message that is Anti-Flag. Humans aren't a color of skin, a religion, a sex, a sexual orientation, or a flag. We are human beings and that is how we need to see and treat one another."

Along with the music, fans and media have latched on to the band's left-leaning anti-war, pro-human rights message.

"People here are psyched on what we have to say and they want to know what we think. Pat [Thetic] and I did a press conference in Thailand at the Silver Lake Music Festival outside of Bangkok. The whole time I was thinking 'Two outcast dudes from Shaler and look at us now... Wow! Haha!' "

Over the weekend, Sane tweeted a pic with some of his Thai fans.

The new album, "The General Strike," comes out March 20.

Code Orange Kids sign with Deathwish

* Pittsburgh's Code Orange Kids can now claim to have a Deathwish.

The local hardcore punk outfit -- made up of recent high school grads -- has signed to Deathwish, the independent label that launched such bands as Boysetsfire and Knives Out, and currently features the likes of Converge, the Hope Conspiracy and Touche Amore. …

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