The bands on Vol. 1 range from NOFX to Denali. Several bands (Sum-41, Ministry, The Offspring, the Descendents and New Found Glory, to name a few) contribute previously unreleased or rare tracks that are specifically anti-Bush or politically charged. The strongest songs are, by far, those addressing the issue at hand, like The Get-Up Kids' "The Lion and the Lamb" and Anti-Flag's "School of Assassins." The punk rock mentality and song formula have always been political, so nothing about this compilation seems pretentious or put-on; there's something about screaming your opposition that lends it a certain sense of sincerity.
"This compilation is not about making a profit; it's about making a difference," says the inside leaflet, and Volume 2 of Rock Against Bush is slated for release later in August. (As if we needed even more reasons to vote against Bush.)