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Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:42 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 5:32 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The initial lineup for Fest 16 has been announced! Bands playing the 2017 edition of the massive Gainesville punk festival include Against Me! (playing Reinventing Axl Rose in its entirety), 88 Fingers Louie, Smoking Popes, The Lillingtons, Mustard Plug, and many others.
Many of the bands playing this year’s Pre-Fest Ybor City have also been announced.
We’ll keep you posted as more bands are announced and schedules are revealed.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:29 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Against Me! have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition picture disc 7″ for Record Store Day. The release will feature two brand new tracks “Stabitha Christie” and “First High of The Morning.” You can check out the Record Store Day website for a list of releases and to find a participating record store near you.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:15 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:05 AM (PST) by Gina Skidz
Sunday, December 25, 2016 at 4:54 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
In a lot of ways, 2016 kinda sucked. You can probably figure out what I’m talking about when I say that, and I hope that you would agree. Yet, somehow it was also a really good year. On a personal level, I moved into a new apartment with my girlfriend, left an emotionally abusive and draining job of three years, and started not one, but two jobs, one of which could very well become a career (the only downside to working two jobs is that it gives me less time to devote to Dying Scene). And then there was the music.
Oh yes, the music. Maybe 2016 wasn’t a great year for most things, but the music was terrific. I started narrowing down my list at the beginning of December, and after a day and a half I decided that, much like last year, I wasn’t going to limit myself to ten records. I know that’s against the rules, but breaking all the rules is punk rock.
You can find my list below.
I guess I’ll also throw this out there: I enjoyed Tacocat’s Lost Time, Chris Farren’s Can’t Die, Jeff Rosenstock’s WORRY., Doe’s Some Things Last Longer Than You, and Petrol Girls’ Talk of Violence this year, but not to the point where I felt like they were essential listening in the same way that the following albums were.
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 8:33 PM (PST) by jaystone
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.”
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:31 PM (PST) by jaystone
Against Me!, who are currently (and deservedly) dominating the punk rock cultural landscape, totally and completely took over NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers last night. As he’s been scheduled to do all week, the band’s dynamic drummer Atom Willard has been filling in with Meyers’ in-house musicians, the 8G band. Last night, he pulled double duty, as Against Me! served as musical guest, ripping through the track “333” from their latest album, Shape Shift With Me.
Oh, and the band’s inimitable leader, Laura Jane Grace, sat down for a one-on-one interview with Meyers, supporting her recently-released memoir, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, which A) came out Tuesday (11/15/16) via Hachette Books and B) is as awesome as you’d expect. Check out the performance of “333” here, and check out the first of the interview segments right here; you can figure out how to play the rest from there.
Against Me! lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, will be going on a tour to promote her new book “TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout”, which will be out on November 15, 2016 via Hachette Books.
You can see the dates below
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 2:27 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
As you may have already heard, California punk legends Bad Religion are currently touring the US with Against Me! and Dave Hause. When the tour was announced and I found out it would be stopping in my back yard, at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL, I knew I had to be there.
Fast forward a few months and the day of the show, Wednesday, October 12th, finally arrived. I packed up my camera gear and made my way down to Downtown St. Pete. After battling rush hour traffic, I got to the venue just as Dave Hause was taking the stage. Being a fan of The Loved Ones who had never seen Dave live before, I was excited to see him play.
Hause played a 45-ish minute set, featuring a mix of solo material and Loved Ones songs. Though a fair portion of the crowd didn’t seem all that familiar with him, heads were bobbing, feet were tapping, and hands were clapping all throughout his energetic performance.
Finishing the set on a high note, Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley and Against Me! drummer Atom Willard joined Hause in playing a handful of songs, including fan-favorite “We Could Be Kings.”
Next up was Against Me!. It had been something like 5 years since I last saw them (I think it was Warped Tour 2011), so I had no clue what to expect. When the band took the stage, the entire crowd let out an ear-piercing shriek akin to something you’d hear at a One Direction concert. I had never heard anything like it a punk show before, but a few seconds into Against Me!’s performance I understood why the crowd was so damn excited.
I thought Against Me! sounded good on their new records, but they are a whole different animal live. Every song they played was injected with energy and intensity, and the crowd never stopped jumping around and singing along for the full hour-long set. What surprised me the most was how many fans knew all the band’s new music. It’s not often that you see a sea of people who know every single word to songs off an album that was just released. I think that definitely shows how good Against Me!’s new music is.
Now, the grand finale, Bad Religion. As always, BR’s set was a mixed bag consisting of a little bit of everything from their extensive discography (16 full-length albums!). The band played classics like “I Want to Conquer the World,” “Against the Grain,” and “Generator,” as well as songs from their latest record True North. They even played random songs like “New America,” which I don’t think I had never seen live before.
What has always amazed me about Bad Religion’s live show is that, despite the fact that they’ve been doing this for more than three decades, they still look like they’re having the time of their lives on stage. Every time see them live, Jay Bentley’s running all over the place, Brian Baker is shredding on guitar, and Greg Graffin’s got a big smile on his face. It’s extremely admirable for a band that’s been around 35 years.
Recent additions Mike Dimkich and Jamie Miller do Bad Religion’s material justice as well. Dimkich, who joined the band after longtime guitarist Greg Hetson’s departure in 2013, seemed to fit in better than he did when I saw BR on the Summer Nationals tour in 2014. Miller, who took Brooks Wackerman’s place earlier this year, was fast and furious on the drums.
Needless to say, this was an awesome show and this tour is a must-see. Check out the tour dates here to see if Bad Religion, Against Me!, and Dave Hause are playing a city near you.
You can check out the full gallery of photos from the show I went to below.
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9:25 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Green Day’s latest album, Revolution Radio, was released last Friday (October 7th) via Reprise Records, while Against Me released their latest album Shape Shift With Me nearly a month ago via Total Treble Records and Xtra Mile Recordings.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 12:06 PM (PST) by jaystone
The first handful of live shows after a band releases a new album can, by most accounts, be a bit nerve-wracking. Although times have certainly progressed to the point where all but the most casual of fans have heard a band’s new material in advance (sometimes well in advance) of its actual release, there can still be a bit of trepidation as to how those songs will not only translate live but how they’ll fit in to a set list that includes older material. Rest assured, Against Me! fans; Shape Shift With Me doesn’t just sound great in album form, it absolutely slays live.
A mere three days following the release of their above-mentioned seventh studio album, Against Me! brought the early stages of a two-week Eastern US tour into the familiar confines of Boston’s Royale nightclub. Over the course of a hair over an hour, the foursome’s main set drew heavily from the new album and its predecessor, 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Case in point; the first four songs (“True Trans Soul Rebel,” “333,” “12:03” and “Dead Friend”) found the band hitting hard and fast from the word “go.” And that makes sense, obviously. Though Against Me! has a long and storied history and has endured various member changes throughout the years, the current lineup of frontwoman Laura Jane Grace and long-time left hand man James Bowman on guitar, Atom Willard on drums and Inge Johansson on bass is far and away the band’s tightest and most fundamentally solid lineup.
In what has to be seen as a reassuring sign for the band, each of the half-dozen songs that the band ripped through from Shape Shift With Me was met with the same passion and intensity from the constant barrage of crowd surfers (which, by the way, when did the trend of people taking selfies while stage diving start? This really needs to stop. Like, yesterday.) who hung on and chanted every word regardless of which AM! era the song came from.
Direct support came from Potty Mouth, the three-piece (four, if you count the touring guitarist) outfit who cut their teeth in the western part of Massachusetts before just recently moving to California. For the uninitiated, they’re raw without being unhinged, and play a passionate form of grungy post-punk that would have fit in nicely in the 1995 indie music landscape, and yet still sounds new and fresh and interesting in 2016. And apologies to Frameworks, the Gainesville-based five-piece who served as show opener. The relatively early start time, coupled with traffic and “day job” responsibilities resulted in me walking in to the venue as they were walking off stage. Next time, gang.
Take a look at our photo gallery below!
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:07 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
It all starts with a bang.
Well, technically speaking, Shape Shift With Me, Against Me!’s seventh studio album starts with a radio transmission in Japanese. But it’s a loud one, and one that quickly fades to make way for “ProVision L-3,” a ripping track that goes straight for the jugular. The lyrics are just as brutal, rallying against the titular security scanners, although when Laura Jane Grace shouts “What can you see inside of me?” it’s easy to get lost in thoughts of just how much of this song is political and how much of it is personal. Historically speaking, Against Me! have always been good at starting their albums off on a strong note (even the oft-maligned White Crosses had its title track at the forefront), but this is Against Me! at their most ferocious.
When Against Me! first revealed Shape Shift With Me, Laura Jane Grace mentioned that her goal was to write a trans* love album. “Tons of people have written about love. But while love is cliché, it’s infinitely relevant” she said, further clarifying that while there need to be more albums about trans* rights, she also believes that there also need to be more romance albums from a trans* perspective to balance out the Exile on Main Streets and Exile in Guyvilles. And with everything that’s happened in Grace’s life in the past four years (to name a few: coming out as a trans-woman via Rolling Stone, her marriage dissolving, losing half of her band, becoming a spokesperson and hero for the LGBTQ community (punk or otherwise), reinventing the band with a new lineup, starting an Emmy-nominated web-series with AOL, and writing a memoir), she had plenty of sources to write such an album. (It’s also no surprise to hear that she said Shape Shift With Me was the easiest album of her career to write).
Other than the aforementioned viciousness of opener “ProVision L-3,” a lot of the album falls back on the typical Against Me! sound that they’ve been heading toward since Searching for a Former Clarity. This isn’t a bad thing, per se- singles “Crash” and “333” are instantly familiar to anyone and after only a handful of listens they’ll be embedded in your brain. “Haunted Haunted Haunts” is an updated country(ish) romp that the band was once known for, and “Norse Truth” is possibly their wordiest and rant-iest song since “Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists.” Grace’s vocal performance on “Suicide Bomber” is the most raw she’s been in over a decade, and it’s only highlighted by having her growl alongside Cœur de pirate’s decidedly less harsh vocals for nearly the entire song. Also welcome here is the addition of bassist Inge Johansson, making his studio debut with the band. Transgender Dysphoria Blues had a lot going in its favor, but one thing that it sorely lacked was distinct bass lines outside of the two tracks that Fat Mike laid down, and Johansson’s contributions add a full sound to the band once again.
Grace’s lyrics have always been a strong selling point when it comes to Against Me!, and Shape Shift With Me delivers. As mentioned, there’s the political-but-maybe-also-not-really “ProVision L-3” that kicks off the record, and the incredibly personal “Delicate, Petite, & Other Things I’ll Never Be,” but there are plenty of other one-liners that hit home for anyone who has ever loved, from varying points of view. There are the songs from the perspective of being used by others (“I’m not a crash landing- let me stay up in your orbit awhile” from “Crash”), ones about wanting to use someone else (“I want to grab you by the skull, Rebecca, kiss me, but let’s not fall in love” from “Rebecca”), and plenty of co-dependencies (just to highlight two examples: “I once was drunk on you, very stoned, fully compelled” from “Haunting Haunted Haunts” and “I’m clinging tight to your chest, explode me like a suicide bomber” from “Suicide Bomber.”) The album’s real centerpiece is less in the center and more toward the back-end, “Norse Truth.” Co-written by Rocky Votolato, the song describes the end of an ugly relationship and it’s better if you just listen to it rather than read about it.
If it all sounds messy and unhealthy, it is. But maybe it’s because love, regardless of gender identity, can be very messy and unhealthy.
Does Shape Shift With Me succeed as a response to any of the cis-romance albums that Grace mentioned (or any of the millions of albums that she didn’t mention, for that matter)? As a cis-dude, I’m not qualified to answer that. But as a fan of punk music who has experienced a number of complex emotions in relationships, both romantic and platonic, I can say that Shape Shift With Me is certainly a great album.
4.5 / 5
RIYL: The Clash, Dillinger Four, The Replacements