If you’ve been more than the periphery of the Against Me! fandom circle for any real length of time, chances are you’ve come across the name David Dondero. As the legend goes, Dondero and Laura Jane Grace, trace their histories back to the mid-90s, when they appeared on the same bill at a show in a laundromat in Gainesville, Florida. More recently, Dondero opened the small handful of solo shows that Grace played earlier this year as a precursor to what would eventually be the release of Grace’s book, Tranny.
Dondero just released a brand-new EP, “With Love,” and the six-song effort was not only produced by Grace in her Florida studio, but marks the first non-Against Me! release on the band’s label, Total Treble Records. Here’s Dondero on how it came about:
“In the autumn of 2012, I was touring through Florida and I happened to run into Laura Jane Grace in St. Augustine. I had a batch of new songs, so she was like, ‘You should come by my new studio tomorrow and check it out! 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.”