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Video: Against Me! – Haunting, Haunted, Haunts

Against Me!Gainesville, Florida punks Against Me! have premiered a new music video.  The song is lifted from their recent album, Shape Shift With Me, which dropped back in 2016.

Watch the video below.

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Video: Museum Mouth – ‘Riff From My Head’

Museum MouthHailing from Wilmington, N.C., indie band Museum Mouth is premiering a new music video over at CLRVYNT. Watch Riff From My Head here.

Riff From My Head comes from the band’s latest album Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig which released on April 29, 2016 via Rory Records, Max Bemis’ (Say Anything) imprint on Equal Vision Records.

Museum Mouth will support Against Me! with Mal Blum at The Throne Theatre in Wilmington on March 11.

Mobina Galore Release New Album ‘Feeling Disconnected’ Today

Mobina Galore Feeling DisconnectedWinnipeg punk powerhouse duo, Mobina Galore, are releasing their furious new full length, Feeling Disconnected, today via New Damage Records, to celebrate, the band has released a full stream of the album via Brooklyn Vegan. Mobina Galore also have a lengthy run of North American tour dates to coincide with the release of Feeling Disconnected, including a run of shows supporting Against Me!, as well as an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling

You can stream Feeling Disconnected via Brooklyn Vegan here

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Mobina Galore Stream ‘Going Out Alone’ From Upcoming LP

Mobina Galore Feeling DisconnectedWinnipeg’s resident punk rock powerhouse, Mobina Galore, have announced their volatile new album, Feeling Disconnected, due out February 24th via New Damage Records, with pre-orders available from February 10th. On Feeling Disconnected, the formidable duo of Jenna Priestner (guitar/vocals) and Marcia Hanson (drums/back up vocals) have found the perfect balance of aggression and hooks, a feat perfectly exemplified in their debut single, Going Out Alone.

Mobina Galore will be on tour with Against Me! In February and March

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Mobina Galore Release Video From ‘Singles And B Sides’ EP

mobina-galore-sabsWinnipeg punk duo, Mobina Galore, have announce their upcoming Singles & B-sides EP, due out December 2nd via New Damage Records. To celebrate the announcement, the band have released a new music video for the EP’s fuzz-drenched lead track, Spend My Day. The song perfectly captures Mobina Galore‘s knack for sharpening a tune to it’s aggressive core while always maintaining an impressive sense of melody. To support the release, Mobina Galore embark on a lengthy UK and European tour with Against Me! and Milk Teeth, starting in December. 

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David Dondero releases new EP via Total Treble

David Dondero - "With Love"Minnesota-born indie rock singer/songwriter David Dondero recently released his new EP titled With Love on Nov. 4, 2016 via Total Treble, in partnership with INgrooves.

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! recorded the album in 2012, and an idea to release it via her label came earlier this year.

In regards to how the release came about, Dondero said:

“It was a happy accident. I just came in, checked out the studio and she was like, ‘You wanna play a couple songs?’ So I played these songs then had to go onto Orlando, and that was that. We ended up recording all six songs in just about an hour. I think we did them all in one take and then they were shelved when the studio closed after being crushed by a falling tree.”

“I’m really thankful she’s putting this out. I like the songs better with no revision to the lyrics and I was surprised how good the recording sounded. It’s more truthful to the original idea. I like what we did to them on This Guitar, too, but the original versions I think are a little more to the heart.”

The album is available here.

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Against Me! / Dave Hause / Little Destroyer

Live In Vancouver, BC (10/25/16)

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When Against Me! came out with Transgender Dysphoria Blues in 2014, it was all anyone could talk about. The album pushed boundaries and shot Against Me! into the limelight again. The follow-up, Shape Shift With Me, has not had that impact. It was mentioned just enough so people were aware of it, but it hasn’t made a splash. In fact, I always thought it was still scheduled to come out in a month or two – it wasn’t until Against Me! were set to play The Commodore Ballroom on Tuesday night in support of the album that I realized it was already out in the world.

So, for the first time ever – I went into an Against Me! show unsure of the songs I was about to hear and unsure of what to expect.

The evening kicked off with Little Destroyer, a Vancouver based trio merging synth and dance oriented beats with blasting drums and spastic singing. Reminded me at times of a more dance oriented Street Sweeper Social Club and was an odd choice to lead the bill. Allie Sheldan’s vocals were strong although sometimes muffled but she definitely had a distinct persona to her stage presence, channeling the energy of Yolandi Visser with each movement. It wasn’t until the closing song that they picked up the pace though, with a more thunderous, chaotic tune – the rest seemed almost too dancy for my tastes.

Dave Hause, with help from his brother Tim, were much more up the Against Me! alley. The former Loved Ones frontman is no stranger to Vancouver, having played all over the city but this was the first time with his brother backing him up. Northcote‘s Matt Goud also made his regular guest appearance at the show helping Hause to work the audience in an impressive manor for an opening act. Starting his set with Autism Vaccine Blues, he also played through C’Mon Kid, Resolutions before ending with We Could Be Kings. Throughout the set he got the crowd clapping, laughing, and even singing along to Time Will Tell when most in attendance wouldn’t have known it. He took his knowledge as a regular headlining act and truly warmed up the crowd for the main attraction: Against Me!

While their last set at the Commodore Ballroom saw them start fast, slow it down in the middle and end it fast again – this evening’s set seemed split down the middle of new and old cuts while maintaining the speed and intensity throughout.

They started focusing heavily on the new, switching between Shape Shift With Me and Transgender Dysphoria Blues songs  – True Trans Soul Rebel into 333, Haunting Haunted Haunts into Unconditional Love.  Grace introduced Delicate, Petite & Other Things I’ll Never Be with a deeply personal message of acceptance and the set was solid, yet missing a certain punch.

Around the midway point they threw on Bamboo Bones and the deeper cuts started rolling out.  White Crosses opened up the pit and they continued to dive deeper: Tonight We’re Going to Give It 35, This Shit Rules, New Wave, Cliche Guevara and the Against Me! staples, Walking is Still Honest and Pints of Guiness Makes You Strong. These are the songs that came packed with a punch.

Dead Friends and Crash were nice selections, but it will be bopping around to Dont’ Lose Touch  that were the memorable moment of the night.

They ended both the main set and encore beautifully, with Black Me Out and Thrash Unreal respectively. Haven thrown in I Was A Teenage Anarchist in betwee,  the ending soared about the start of the show.

But the one consistent was that throughout it all, the band was in top form. Laura Jane Grace is happier than ever, leaving everything she has on the stage. Atom Willard is wild and enthusiastic as he pummels the drum skin with flare while bassist Inge Johansson always seems to have the biggest grin on his face as he pounces around the stage. Even guitarist James Bowman, the longest running bandmate of Grace, seems to be more relaxed than he was in earlier years

Against Me! are a band nearing their twenty year mark and they still show no signs of slowing down

Mild In The Streets

Fat Wreck Chords

Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged

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Who doesn’t love a Fat Wreck Chords compilation, they were a great way to hear new bands, and tracks from upcoming releases, for next to no money, as a bonus there were always a few exclusive tracks thrown into the mix. Along with Epitaph Records Punk-O-Rama series they were responsible for introducing a new generation of fans to some amazing bands. This time round things have changed as this compilation has been done with a different approach, Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is, in case you hadn’t guessed, a collection of songs from bands and singers from the Fat Wreck Chords stable who have traded in their amplifiers and distortion pedals for acoustic guitars.

This sixteen track compilation is a lengthy affair and content is so varied that you can’t summarise the album, so i’m going to a whistle stop tour of Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged. Tony Sly, of No Use For A Name, opens the album with a soulful piano led version of Under The Garden and The Swingin’ Utters deliver an excellent foottapping country version of Fruitless Fortunes featuring slap bass and violin. Stacey Dee delivers a melancholy number, Everything Is Beautiful, this is one of the songs that is exclusive to this album and to anyone familiar with Bad Cop/Bad Cop this number will come as something of a surprise, this is juxtaposed against Sam Sadowski, of Closet Friends, who delivers some sore throated acoustic blues.

Going acoustic won’t come as a surprise from everyone on this compilation, for Old Man Markley it’s practically second nature, they deliver a mellower version of Guts ‘N Teeth. For others the acoustic approach doesn’t change anything apart from the volume, it clearly doesn’t matter if you take Anti-Flag’s electric guitars away as they remain as angry and political as ever, Israeli punks Useless ID retain their own sound, they keep the character of their hard edged pop punk intact and Matt Skiba delivers a sinister version of Alkaline Trio‘s Continental. Karine Denike bring a touch of fifties glamour to proceedings, this couldn’t be further away from the Dance Hall Crashers upbeat ska if it tried and Get Dead deliver some stripped down punk rock

We’re on the final leg of the tour now, Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape delivers a mellow acoustic number, American Steel bring some upbeat acoustica that features a mournful accordion break and Laura Jane Grace brings a great number that carries a restrained version of the fury that inhabits Against Me‘s output. The closing trilogy of songs continue to deliver, Russ Rankin brings us a heartrending tale of the loneliness of the road and the toll it takes on relationships, Uke-Hunt do a cover of Olivia Newton John‘s Xanadu, this is rather excellent, like an unplugged Me First And the Gimme Gimmes, and for it’s grand finale the album ends with an epic symphonic version of one of my favourite NOFX tunes, The Decline, personally I wish Fat Mike had done vocals over this rather than just an instrumental but it’s a faithful and bombastic end to an excellent compilation.

Compilations are usually a mixed bag but there is little to dislike on here, the versions are all original and unique takes on songs we have come to know and love, the original tracks don’t feel like they were ideas that were rescued from the wastepaper bin. This, as with every other Fat Wreck Chords compilation, is an essential purchase, if you’re a fan of any of the bands that appear on here I doubt that you’ll be disappointed with new versions or the original material. Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged brings something new to the table on almost every track, the album spans so many genres and styles that it never gets dull, buy this and mellow out for an hour or so.

Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is available for download and on CD, Vinyl and Coloured vinyl here

Interview: Against Me!

Against Me!Against Me! are almost at the end of a two year tour and have just released a live album, 23 Live Sex Acts. We caught up with drummer Atom Willard to see how the band has been holding up over the course of their never ending tour schedule.

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Against Me!

Atom Willard

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By on September 6th, 2015 at Phone

 

 

Against Me! are almost at the end of a two year tour and have just released a live album, 23 Live Sex Acts. We caught up with drummer Atom Willard to see how the band has been holding up over the course of their never ending tour schedule.

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Live Concert Review

Against Me!

Live In Vancouver (07/17/15)

The Vogue - Vancouver, BC
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There are times when it can be difficult to properly review a show, to put into words what made it memorable – or in some cases, forgettable. You go to so many that the shows start to merge into one another and there’s not always that special spark. There are many factors that can make it stand out – a certain rant from a band, the complete insanity of the crowd, hearing that one song that meant so much to you. However, some shows don’t have that one moment to cling on to, sometimes they’re just boring because they are and others are just good because, well, they’re just fucking good.

Against Me!‘s final Canadian stop in Vancouver on Friday was like that.

There wasn’t anything mind blowing,  nothing that made me stop and go “wow” and they never pulled out some ultra rare song or anything. But my lord, as their set ended and we wandered onto Granville Street, I was sweaty, I was excited and I just had an hour and a half of non-stop fun.

For Against Me! know how to put on a show, they’re a punk band  to the truest form. Clad in all black and with only at most two moments of banter, the band just kept it to the songs and played non-stop. Less talk, more rock personified.

Front woman Laura Jane Grace is still riding an unbridled sense of confidence and it shows. The band is at the top of their game and everyone is enjoying themselves on stage. That sense of excitement seeps into the crowd – which has definitely evolved in a very positive way over the years. As one of the first all ages show I’ve been to in a long time, there was a wide range of ages and personas in the crowd but everyone sang and dance in harmony.

Sticking mostly to Transgender Dysphoria Blues tracks,  they peppered the odd classic in there as well and kept it flowing evenly all night. Starting with True Trans Soul Rebel and Unconditional Love before segueing into Walking Is Still Honest  and Cliché Guevera, it was an even back and forth. Midway through, Laura and Atom were alone on stage for acoustic numbers Two Coffins and Bamboo Bones before picking it up with the full band for This Shit Rules. They played the intro to Because of The Shame as a lead into Thrash Unreal which was a nice transition and you’ll never go wrong with Pints Of Guinness Makes You Strong.

But after seeing them at least a dozen times in the past twelve years, Against Me! shows no longer really surprise me. Nevertheless, they never disappoint either, they’re one of the scenes strongest punk bands and their live show – like their set at The Vogue – is just fucking good.

Sometimes that’s all there is to say.

   

Win Tickets Against Me! Tickets in Western Canada

Against Me!Folk punkers turned pure punk Against Me! are currently in the middle of a North American tour with Frank Iero and the Celebration and Annie Girl & The Flight. This tour is going to be taking them across Western Canada next week – starting in Winnipeg on July 11th and ending in Vancouver on July 17th.

In between they’ll be hitting up Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary and the fine people at Union Events have given us a pair of tickets to every show on the tour. 

Fill out the form below to enter to win and don’t forget to read our new interview with Laura Jane Grace here.

   

Interview: Against Me!

Against Me! - Laura Jane GraceIt’s surprising to think that this is our eighth interview with Against Me!. Over the decade since we interviewed former-former-former drummer Warren Oakes back in 2005Against Me! has been in a constant state of evolution. Line-up changes, record label swaps, arrests, coming out as transgender, several albums and so much more. 

For our latest conversation with the polarizing and popular punk band, we called up front-woman Laura Jane Grace in the middle of their tour with Frank Iero & The Celebration and Annie Girl and the Flight and talked to her about what she’s been up to lately. We cover a wide range of topics including everything from their new live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, to whether or not they consider themselves a Florida band to playing with Miley Cyrus for her Happy Hippie Foundation and the importance of educating people about transgender issues. 

As always, Grace gave honest and open answers with a level of detail many overlook and gave an eye-opening look into the inner workings of Against Me! – a band made up of four friends from around the globe.

Unfortunately, before we could get into the some anticipated questions about their new album that Grace hinted at, her upcoming book and some long last recordings, we got disconnected. Instead of dragging the interview out for too much longer and trying to reconnect, we figured we’ll save the questions for interview number nine with Against Me!

Read the interview here and don’t forget to check them out on tour.

   
Against Me! - Laura Jane Grace

Against Me!

Laura Jane Grace

Total Treble Music
By on July 3rd, 2015 at Phone

 

 

It’s surprising to think that this is our eighth interview with Against Me!. Over the decade since we interviewed former-former-former drummer Warren Oakes back in 2005Against Me! has been in a constant state of evolution. Line-up changes, record label swaps, arrests, coming out as transgender, several albums and so much more. 

For our latest conversation with the polarizing and popular punk band, we called up front-woman Laura Jane Grace in the middle of their tour with Frank Iero & The Celebration and Annie Girl and the Flight and talked to her about what she’s been up to lately. We cover a wide range of topics including everything from their new live album, 23 Live Sex Acts (scheduled to come out September 4th), to whether or not they consider themselves a Florida band to playing with Miley Cyrus for her Happy Hippie Foundation and the importance of educating people about transgender issues. 

As always, Grace gave honest and open answers with a level of detail many overlook and gave an eye-opening look into the inner workings of Against Me! – a band made up of four friends from around the globe.

Unfortunately, before we could get into the some anticipated questions about their new album that Grace hinted at, her upcoming book and some long last recordings, we got disconnected. Instead of dragging the interview out for too much longer and trying to reconnect, we figured we’ll save the questions for interview number nine with Against Me!

Don’t forget to catch the band on their current tour.

All photos by Kaitlyn Laurel McGann.

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Tours: Against Me!

Against Me!Gainesville, Florida punks Against Me! have set out their first 2015 tour plans.  The band will be touring Europe in the Spring.  The band will continue supporting their most recent album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, will be True Trans Soul Rebel.

Upcoming tour dates are below.

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Franz Nicolay Details New Record, Streams New Song

Franz NicolayBrooklyn’s genre jumping multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay has announced his new record, To Us, The Beautiful is due for release on January 19th via Xtra Mile Recordings. The album is the follow up to 2012’s Do The Struggle and sees Franz assembling an ensemble cast including Andrew Seward of Against Me! on bass, Ara Babajian of Leftover Crack on drums, guitarist Yoni Gordon and  J. Robbins of Jawbox tasked with producing.

Ahead of the release, Franz Nicolay is offering a preview of the song Marfa Lights, stream it here.

 

 

Against Me! Stream New Single ‘True Trans Soul Rebel’

Against MeGainesville, Florida punks Against Me! have announced that the next single from their critically acclaimed album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, will be True Trans Soul Rebel. The band are currently streaming the track via soundcloud, and UK fans can see the band on tour in November along with Canadian singer songwriter Billy The Kid as support, check below for the full list of dates.

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Laura Jane Grace Announces New Webseries

Laura Jane GraceAgainst Me! founder Laura Jane Grace has announced that her new webseries, True Trans: With Laura Jane Grace will be premiering this Friday on AOL.  Grace explains the series intent:

“The opportunity I had while shooting this show was nothing short of tremendous… Getting the chance to listen to other people tell their stories of how life shaped their identities and views on gender couldn’t help but further inform my own understanding of just how complicated and also how simple all of it really is.”

Check out the trailer for the web series here.

Against Me! Announce UK Tour

Against Me!Gainseville punk rock favourites Against Me! have announced a series of headline dates across the UK in November. The band are still out supporting their critically acclaimed album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which dropped back in January via Xtra Mile Recordings (UK).

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Video: Against Me! – Black Me Out

Against Me!

Against Me! recently teamed up with director Mark Eaton to film and release a full live performance video for their single Black Me Out.

The track appears on their album Transgender Dysphoria Blues which was released earlier this year through the band’s own Total Treble Music.

The video is below.

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Video: Against Me! – ‘Drinking With The Jocks’

Against Me!Gainesville, FL punk band Against Me! have posted a video for their track Drinking With The Jocks. The video for the song taken from the band’s critically acclaimed 2014 record Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a black and white reel of rolling imagery and was directed by Steak Mtn.

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Video: Against Me! – Drinking With The Jocks

Against Me!Against Me! has teamed up with artist Christopher Norris (aka: Stk Mtn) to create a new video for their latest single, Drinking With The Jocks. The track comes from their album Transgender Dysphoria Blues that was released this year of which Norris also supplied the album art for.

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Tour: Creepoid (US & Canada)

CreepoidPhiladelphia noise punks Creepoid have announced a series of tour dates across the US and Canada starting later this month. The tour includes dates with Seahaven, Balance and Composure as well as Against Me! The band’s latest release is their Wet EP which was put out on Record Store Day via Graveface Records.

Full dates below:

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Interview: Against Me!

Against MeAtom Willard is a punk drummer king.

Beginning his music career behind the kit in garage rockers Rocket from the Crypt, Willard has toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists, from Social Distortion to the Offspring and recorded on side projects with Tom DeLonge (Angels & Airwaves) and Matt Skiba (theHELL). For the past couple of years, he has settled in as the drummer in the new lineup of Against Me! – filling the spot that has seen numerous members over the band’s lengthy career.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Willard as they tour in support of their long awaited full length with their latest lineup, Transgender Dysphoria Blues to see exactly how well he’s fitting in.

Read the interview here.

Against Me!

Against Me!

Atom Willard

Total Treble Music
By on March 19, 2014 at Phone

 

 

Atom Willard is a punk drummer king.

Beginning his music career behind the kit in garage rockers Rocket from the Crypt, Willard has toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists, from Social Distortion to the Offspring and recorded on side projects with Tom DeLonge (Angels & Airwaves) and Matt Skiba (theHELL). For the past couple of years, he has settled in as the drummer in the new lineup of Against Me! – filling the spot that has seen numerous members over the band’s lengthy career.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Willard as they tour in support of their long awaited full length with their latest lineup, Transgender Dysphoria Blues to see exactly how well he’s fitting in.

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Against Me! Extend Spring Tour

Against Me! (1)Against Me! has added more dates to their upcoming North American tour this Spring.  The band will continue touring May and make an appearance at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling.  The band continues to support their latest full length, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, released this past January on the band’s own Total Treble Music.  

Full tour dates below.

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Against Me! Post Lyric Video For ‘Black Me Out’

Against Me!Gainesville, FL punks Against Me! have released a lyric video for their track Black Me Out. The song is taken from their critically acclaimed record Trangender Dysphoria Blues, released earlier this year through the bands own Total Treble Music.  It is not a lyric video in the true sense, featuring shadowy cut outs of the lyrics,  some intentionally low quality footage of the band playing live and shadow puppets! 

You can check out the video for yourself below:

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Against Me! Acoustic Session

Against Me! (1)Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace recently sat down with Folk-O-Rama for a quick two song acoustic session.  The takes include “True Trans Soul Rebel” and “Fuckmylife666,” both taken from the band’s recent full length, Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

Listen to both performance below.

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Against Me! Announce Headline Tour

Against Me! (1)Florida punks Against Me! have announced a headlining tour across the US and Canada. The band are out supporting their critically acclaimed 6th album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, released earlier this year on the bands own label, Total Treble Records.

Full dates below:

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Against Me!

Transgender Dysphoria Blues

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This album is undeniably a cathartic release for Laura Jane Grace. This is first Against Me! release where she is officially frontwoman rather than frontman. The overall theme of the record understandably focuses on the emotions and thoughts that accompanied her coming out as a transgender woman and learning to live life openly in her new role. There are ups and downs, heartbreaking moments of doubt and hatred tempered by the sweet relief of finally embracing freedom to be who she really is.

As undeniably monumental this release is for the punk scene (and rock and roll in general), the actual music shouldn’t be overlooked because of the message. The three men who make up the rest of Against Me! have helped give life to Grace’s words. This is one of the rawest rock and roll records the group have ever released, with gritty production and occasional blemishes, which are laid bare alongside the lyrical confessions. This is the least radio friendly Against Me! release in years and the band don’t waste the opportunity. It is not Reinventing Axl Rose by any means, but the group have evolved their sound over time and lineup changes and it is undeniably for the better. There are shining moments of beauty, which perfectly weave their melody around Grace’s heartfelt poetic lyrics. There are also chaotic raging punk rock songs, which distill her words into pure vitriol, seething against homophobic bros and the pressures to fit in.

The album kicks off with the punkabilly stroll of the title track, which sonically most represents the sound that the band explored on White Crosses. No time is wasted getting to the point, with Grace proudly owning her gender identity singing some of the most affecting lyrics on the album. She balances sorrow and anger when she sings You want them to see you like they see any other girl… They just see a faggot, seething as she delivers the final line. But the whole experience of openly living as a woman has obviously had a positive effect on Grace. Despite the pain that is evident throughout the album, she has moments of uneasy acceptance, such as you’ve got no cunt in your strut, you’ve got no hips to shake, and you know it’s obvious, but we can’t choose how we’re made. Previously heard on the True Trans EP, True Trans Soul Rebel still stands as the most emotionally stirring track on this full length. While her experience is very much her own, the song draws on a well of empathy and tugs at your heartstrings with its stirring words. When Grace’s voice almost breaks while singing you should have been a mother, you should have been a wife… you should be living a different life, your heart breaks along with her. This is the strength of the release; it evokes feelings in anyone who has felt they didn’t belong. It is safe to say that most listeners are not struggling with gender identity like Grace, but it is comforting to know that there is someone out there who stands as a beacon for those who feel alone, who feel left out and lost in a large world. That is what has drawn so many people into the punk scene for decades, searching for a place to belong.

The band kick things up a notch on Drinking With the Jocks, a raging rocker that simultaneously stands as a “fuck you” to ignorant bro culture and expresses deep longing to just fit in. It is fast and angry and one of the most punk songs that we’ve heard from Against Me! in a while. The interestingly titled Obama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ has a classic rock sound, which evokes thoughts of Led Zeppelin, which is a little weird at first, but grows with repeated listens. The other track that was prereleased on the True Trans EP, FuckMyLife666, showcases the evolution in Grace’s voice, which has more melody these days and slightly less grit. This evolution has been happening for a few albums now, so it isn’t a dramatic shock, but it really stands out on this album. It is a pretty rock song, which asks chipped nail polish and a barbed wire dress, is your mother proud of your eyelashes?

The album isn’t entirely focused upon Grace’s gender identity though. The album continues to follow latter day Against Me! with a  lyrical focus on personal themes, instead of wide spread political themes like their earlier work. Both Dead Friend and Two Coffins focus on the relationship between love and death. The lyrics return to the struggle of gender identity on Paralytic States, which tells a sad tale of struggling with life. It reads like a heartbreaking obituary with jarring lines like cut her face wide open, shaved the bone down thin, plumped her lips up exaggerated, a fucked up kind of feminine and standing naked in front of that hotel bathroom mirror… she still saw her mother’s son.

At times listening to this album feel awkward, as if you are snooping through someone’s most personal thoughts and feelings written in their diary. It makes you angry, sad and hopeful all within a half hour. It’s an emotional roller coaster and you are riding along with Laura Jane Grace, sharing in her pains and triumphs. Musically, it stands among Against Me!’s best, but lyrically, it stands as one of the most important releases of a generation. This is not empty teenage angst, this is pure emotion bled out onto the page and poured into the microphone. 

Stream: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me!NPR have posted a full album stream of Against Me!‘ highly anticipated new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

The album, which will be released on January 21st through their own Total Trebel Music label, is the band’s first release since front woman Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender and focuses heavily on that transitional period. Furthermore, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is the band’s first album with Atom Willard (Angels & Airwaves, Rocket from the Crypt) on drums and also features NOFX‘s Fat Mike playing bass on two songs.

Listen to the album here.