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David Dondero Readies New EP

david-donderoAmerican songwriter David Dondero has announced plans to release a brand new EP.  The disc will be titled With Love and is set to drop on Friday, November 4, 2016 via Against Me!/Laura Jane Grace’s label, Total Treble. Pre-orders are pre-orders are live. The LP is limited to 1000 copies. 

Track listing is below.

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Against Me!

Against Me!

Atom Willard

Total Treble Music
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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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! 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! - Total Treble

Against Me!

Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Total Treble
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

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. 

Against Me! Album Details & Single Stream

Against Me!Against Me! have announced the release date and track list for their full length follow up to 2010’s White Crosses. The album will be titled Transgender Dysmorphia Blues and is due for release on January 21st via Total Treble Music. The first single is called F**kMyLife666 and can be heard below.

The full track list is below.

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Against Me!

Against Me!

Andrew Seward

Total Treble Music
By on August 31st, 2011 at Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC

 

 

The Honda Civic Tour this year was one to remember as three of my all time favourite bands made their way through Vancouver for one epic night of punk rock awesomeness. Before the music filled evening kicked off, I ran down to Rogers Arena during my lunch break to catch up with Against Me!‘s bassist Andrew Seward to see what he’s been doing since we last talked.

During the friendly chit-chat we talked about him making his dream come true of playing waffle ball with Rancid, going to a Blink 182 dance party, making their own studio and launching their own label. We also talked about the Gainesville punk scene, but you’ll have to pick up The Fest 10 guide book at this year’s festival to see what he has to say! Read More…

Against Me! Starts Own Label, Total Treble Music

Against Me!After leaving Sire Records last fall, Against Me! have finally announced their new label plans for the future. After playing on both major and independent labels, they have launched their own label dubbed Total Treble Music. The band released the following statement online:

We are excited to announce the formation of our own record label, Total Treble Music. Within the US and Canada, the label will be distributed via RED/MRI and will be the home of all future Against Me! releases. Having spent our career on both major and independent labels of varying sizes, the creation of Total Treble Music will afford us full control of our creative and professional destiny moving forward.

Against Me! recently released their demos album Total Clarity through Fat Wreck Chords and will be releasing a new 7-inch entitled Russian Spies / Occult Enemies on June 14, 2011 through Sabot Productions.