Chris #2 (Chris Barker) has been providing bass and vocals for Anti-Flag since 1999. Their unique brand of punk activism has been an inspiration to people all over the world (including Mikey’s brother Danny, who has their broken guns logo tattooed around his elbow). Needless to say, it’s been wonderful having Chris on the covers of Bro Hymn by Pennywise, Drain You by Nirvana, and most recently, Panic Song by Green Day.
In a 2020 interview with Cryptic Rock, Chris was asked about the political nature of Anti-Flag’s lyrics and the controversy they generate. He responded by saying
“Honestly, it’s what our job is and what we’ve set out to do; we don’t know how to do anything else. There are people that are suffering on many greater levels than we’ve ever felt, and it’s our job to carry them with us, to have solidarity, and really work to put the environmental, social, racial and economic justice that we want to see happen at the forefront of all of our discussions—even if it is sometimes scary.”
In case you missed it, here’s Chris #2 on the series’ cover of Green Day’s Panic Song, along with White Wives’ Josh Massie and drummer extraordinaire, Kye Smith