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Andrew Seward rejoins Against Me!

Five years after parting ways with Against Me! after serving as the band’s bass player for more than a decade, Andrew Seward is back in the fold!

In a statement that accompanied the above picture (taken by Joe Leonard) on her Instagram page, band leader Laura Jane Grace reported the news that had been rumored since Seward sat in on a surprise show in Detroit late last month:

As some people may have noticed there’s been some change happening within @againstme recently and the shows we played in Detroit, Cleveland and Lansing a week ago were Andrew’s first shows back with the band in over 5 years. I don’t really know how to succinctly explain the reasons behind this happening so I’m going to pass on trying. All I want to say is that I love Inge, am forever thankful for our time playing together and what I learned from it and wish him nothing but the best in life. Been going through a period of great change in general lately and this is probably not the last time this year I’m going to have to ask that people be understanding of a choice made, there’s no maliciousness behind my intentions, I just gotta go after what I want.
We head back out on tour again last week of July and 1st week of August.

For his part, now-former bassist Inge Johansson, also issued a statement with a similar tone via Instagram:

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: After 5 years, 2 albums and 515 shows I’m no longer a member of Against Me! I had a good run! I was a fan of the band before I joined, and I will always support them. I wish them good luck in the future, and I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you fans who showed me so much love from day one. I never took that for granted. A lot of you people have reached out to ask me if I’m ok and I appreciate that, but haven’t had time to get back to you all. Life changes, but the music is still in my soul and my heart is always to the left so I consider myself to be in a good place. Much love and respect to you all and I hope to see you soon again!

Against Me! have been busy working on a follow-up to their last full-length, 2016’s Shape Shift With Me. Seward last appeared on 2010’s White Crosses and it’s 2011 follow-up Black Crosses.



Laura Jane Grace releases new song “Park Life Forever”

Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace has released a new song called “Park Life Forever,” which she wrote about her summer adventures with her daughter Evelyn.  Here’s what she had to say about the song:

“This past summer my daughter learned to ride a bike which was a lot of fun. Everyday we would wake up and ride our bikes to the park, and on the way we would stop and get coffee and lemonade. She would play on the playground for hours and I would read in the grass. Then we would eat ice cream. It was the best. As the summer was ending, I started working on this song. It’s been a long winter. I’m ready for summer again (I think everyone is), so I thought this would be a fun song to share with everyone and help usher in those summertime vibes!”

You can stream the song below, and then check out the video where Laura goes into more detail about it.



Against Me! announce West Coast Spring Tour

Punk veterans Against Me! have announced that they will be heading out on a tour of the West Coast this spring. The 14-date tour will start on May 11th in Bellingham, WA and ends on May 28th in Las Vegas, NV for their appearance at Punk Rock Bowling.

They will be accompanied by Chris Farren, Paper Dolls, A Giant Dog, and Turbonegro (co-headline) on select dates. You can view a full list of dates and locations/support below. Tickets and all other information can be found here.

Against Me! released their latest album, Shape Shift With Me, via Total Treble.



Against Me! and Turbonegro switching performance days for Punk Rock Bowling

Due to complications in scheduling, Against Me! and Turbonegro are switching performance days for this year’s Punk Rock Bowling. Turbonegro will be performing on Sunday, May 27th at 7:25, and Against Me! will perform on Monday, May 28th at 7:25. You can check out the updated flyer below.



FEST 16 Gainsesville Day 2

Read my review of Day 1 here.

Woke up on Day 2 of the FEST feeling pretty good.  Got fueled up on coffee and complimentary pastries and was ready to hit it.  My T-shirt game was on point.  I had my Broadways T set aside and didn’t have any reservations about it.  Without much fanfare, we bailed the hotel.  The weather was perfect, 80 and sunny, which worked out nicely as many of the acts on our list were playing outside at Bo Diddley Plaza.

We arrived at Bo Diddley just in time to grab a couple of drinks and see The Dirty Nil.  I’m a fan of TDN, I know their music tends more to the pop side of punk and they’ve had issues with people calling them punk.  Call it what you will, I like it.  They brought it in their set.  Maybe they lacked a little energy and that could be due to playing at 2pm.  After Dirty Nil, we caught the second Teenage Bottlerocket set, this time conveniently at Bo Diddley.  Catching them outside didn’t compare to the High Dive show, but it was still amazing.  These guys are pros and they lay it down no matter the time or place.

Off With Their Heads came out next.  Once again at Bo Diddley.  Ryan was in rare form.  He paid some guy in the crowd $20 to dress up as Sully from Avatar.  The guy skulked around the stage for a few songs and then Ryan assisted him into the crowd.  For the rest of the show, the wig was flying through the air like a hairy hawk.  Wish we could have seen more of OWTH as they were in rare form, but we had to cut out because I really wanted to catch Grade.  When I saw that Grade was playing FEST, I had it circled and underlined.  I loved these guys back in 2000, and they pretty much fell completely off my radar.  I gained a new appreciation for their catalog during my fest preparation.  The downside, they were playing at 8 Seconds.  There’s just something about that place that’s a little depressing.  I don’t know if it’s just the way it looks like a typical college campus meat market, whether it’s too dark, whether it’s the shitty sound, or all of the above.  Throw in the fact that not as many other FESTers were as amped as I was for the Grade reunion, and you have the makings of a downer set.  From what I could tell, Grade sounded good, but everything sounds like mud at 8 Seconds, so for these guys, it was just a big mushpile.  We hung out upstairs where a roof blocks the sound even further, making for a quieter muddied mess.

Getting out into the open air really raised our spirits.  We basked in the sun as we headed back to Bo Diddley for Beach Slang.  Whenever BS comes on the ipod, I’m like “Who is this” (good thing) and I had hoped seeing them live would drive that home.  They brought it, the singer has a cool 1980s ruffled tuxedo happening, they busted out a Replacements cover, but it just didn’t make me want to buy all their records.  The next band on the list, Extinction AD, would hopefully get us to the next level with their brand of Pantera-esque metal.  Kudos to E AD, they did their best in a tough venue (8 secs).  They had only about 20 people watching.  They still blew the place away.  The face-melting shredding that usually emits from the lead guitar unfortunately got lost in the muddied 8 Secs reverb that completely drowns out higher registers.

We decided to head over to High Dive to catch the Flatliners.  On the way, we bumped into Mike Felumlee.  We had a quick chat about what bands we were going to see.  I had City of Caterpillar circled and underlined.  Their post-punk, screamo concoction really resonated with me and I had the album on heavy rotation prior to the fest.  Mike said that we should try to catch the Penske File.  He was adamant that it would be one of the best sets of the fest.  Interest piqued.  We waited for like 20 minutes to get in to see the Flatliners.  Caught about 20 minutes of the set.  They were playing The Great Awake front to back.  I don’t have the album.  I have it on my list now though.

One set that stood out as a can’t miss for FEST 16, Against Me doing Reinventing Axl Rose.  After Flatliners, we cruised over to Bo Diddley, grabbed a PBR and staked out a spot.  AM really had great energy, they definitely drew the biggest crowd of the FEST, Bo Diddley was packed.  Instead of opening with Axl, they opened with a retrospective greatest hits set.  They started with “Haunting, Haunted, Haunts” then followed with “333,” “True Trans Soul Rebel,” “Black Me Out,” “I was a teenage anarchist,” and “Thrash Unreal.”  Tough conflicts, but I really wanted to see City of Caterpillar, so we cut out of Bo Diddley.

City of Caterpillar was playing at 8 Seconds.  They had a decent crowd considering they shared the same slot as Against Me.  These guys bring the post punk noise and sludge.  The perfect marriage with 8 Secs reverberating sound system.  The cacophony these guys brought almost blew the roof off of the place.  We were digging CofC, but Mike F’s recommendation was gnawing at us.  So we cut out to see Penske File.

After taking a circuitous route and bumping our way through a restaurant full of people enjoying a late meal, we went through a back alley and finally found the venue.  They played the Boca Fiesta/Palomino, which appeared to be a Mexican Restaurant by day, I guess they push the taco and salad bars out of the way to host shows.  Safe to say that making our way to the Penske File paid off.  These guys reminded us of why we got into this music in the first place.  They brought pure raw energy to the stage.  The singer told a story of how one of their original members passed away, and they almost called it quits.  They carried on, and redoubled their efforts.  They thanked the crowd and then broke into “Damned.”  The place lost it.  People stormed the stage and sang along.  Others dove out into the crowd.  These guys had a loyal and rabid group of supporters.  Definitely one of the top 5 sets of FEST.

At this point our schedule had gotten jumbled around.  The Civic Media Center was close by and Typesetter was doing an acoustic set there, so we checked it out.  We only caught the tail end, but they did play a cover of The Replacements “Can’t Hardly Wait.”  I know I wasn’t abducted by aliens during this time frame, but I do have some lost time in here.  We caught The Copyrights at High Dive.  I remember thinking they sounded better than the last time I saw them and that I need to check out their new stuff.  I remember Iron Reagan vividly as they ripped the roof off of 8 Seconds with their inspired brand of Thrash Metal.  The image of IR forever seared into my brain involves the lead singer and the two guitarists swinging their hair in circles to the chugga chugga guitars.

We next found ourselves at High Dive.  Our anticipation of the FEST favorites, The Dopamines, had caused us to arrive early and catch some of Clown Sounds.  Once again, no recollection other than the fact we were there.  One of the toughest conflicts of FEST involved HUM and The Dopamines.  I had HUM firmly on my radar, my wife wanted to see the Dopamines.  We had never seen the Dopamines, so what the heck!  Glad we went.   For one, High Dive is a great place to see a show.  Great sound.  Perfect setting.  They get it.  I have to say after seeing The Dopamines, hearing their stage banter, including their bravado in the fact that “The Copyrights opened for us.  Thanks Copyrights, for opening for us.”  They’re just awesome.  Everything that punk rock should be, a non-stop party.  At one point the crowd pelted them with ice, cups, cans; they didn’t miss a beat.

We did make it over to 8 Secs to see the end of the HUM set.  They played Stars and something I didn’t know.  When you find a good routine that works for you, you stick with it.  So after Hum, we bailed town and hit Taco Bell on the way to our hotel.  Once again, it hit the spot.  I got some sleep, even though a fairly raucous group serenaded us outside doing a singalong at around 3am.  I was too tired to figure out what was going on.  Maybe Laura Jane Grace dropped in for an impromptu set.



Against Me! cover Squidbillies theme song

Against Me! are the most recent band to cover a TV show theme song on Adult Swim. The band recently covered the Squidbillies theme, with Laura putting her positive spin on the tune. You can check it out below.

Adult Swim is an adult cartoon network dedicated to racy/crude humour.

Against Me! last released the “Stabitha Christie” 7-inch earlier this year via Total Treble Records.



DS Editorial: A guide to FEST 16 preparation by an overly passionate first-timer

I have to admit something, and it’s not easy. I’m addicted to preparing for The Fest. A cure might be hopeless but I’m hoping that my story can help other like me – first time Fest goers looking for answers to some of the weekend’s logistical questions.

First things first. Lock down your tickets. Then I would suggest locking down your accommodations. The more I deal with the fest, the people, the website, the more I realize that it is meticulously organized and curated. More on that later, but I suggest that people stay in the hotels dedicated to the fest. The Holiday Inn is supposedly located right in the middle of the action. The whole thing is booked by Fest attendees and will thus be an absolute free-for-all during the entire event. I’m not sure I can handle that type of commitment. I booked at the Wyndham. Another Fest hotel that is supposedly a little more chill. Once again I have no frame of reference on this and we shall see. I should also mention that the Holiday Inn has some kind of Flea Market thing happening. I’ve got it pictured where venders and bands can sell merch and other trinkets that would appeal to Fest-goers. Once again, I’m not sure about this. Pure conjecture at this point.

Band Prep: Right now I’m in band-prep stage. You might want to follow my lead on this as it will help you get a handle on the 350 plus bands that are playing The Fest. I was hoping for something a little more user-friendly from the website, but when you’ve got over 100 bands playing a day, there’s probably no “perfect way” to convey the when and where for each band. It looks like this breaks down along philosophical and/or personal-preference lines. Are you looking to stay in one spot and get the most bang for your buck? Then you will be looking at the schedule by location. If you are committed to catching at least a piece of some of the bands on your wish list, then you can break the schedule down by date and time. At this point, I found that I could no longer work with the website, I needed to get some micro-organization going. So I copied the time and date schedules and dropped them into an excel spreadsheet. I broke them up with a tab for each day. I found with a little tinkering you can get the day’s entire schedule in chronological order: my choice for the best way to get a handle on what’s happening when and where.

Phew. Okay. Are you still with me? Step one was to highlight all the bands I definitely wanted to check out. I found it useful to start here and get an idea of what the skeleton of my schedule was gonna look like. I’ve got some locks as you might guess: Against Me (performing Reinventing Axl Rose), Superchunk, Smoking Popes, Hum, 88 Fingers Louie, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Movielife, Pegboy, Off With Their Heads, The Bigger Empty; you get the idea. I had a lot of other bands that I wanted to check as well, and I really want to check some of the cover shows, but I digress. Get you’re a-list, can’t-miss picks in the spreadsheet; mine are highlighted in yellow.

After the skeleton is in place, you can fill in the meat. I chose to highlight these bands in blue. I thought I knew a lot about punk music, emo, screamo, indie, etc. Maybe I do, but I’m always willing to learn more, so I made a dive into some of the bands I hadn’t heard of. Once again the spreadsheet comes in handy for this task. I use eMusic for most of my music purchases these days, so I found it most useful to check out some of the lesser-known (to me at least) bands. You can use YouTube, that would probably be better and I’ve had to resort to it a few times when the band’s music is not available on eMusic. And most of the bands are available on bandcamp as well. One thing that I’m finding as I go through the bands that are new to me: they’re all really good. I spent a day checking out bands and one after another proved to be amazing. Some of the bands I’ve been turned on to (and subsequently really want to check at The Fest): Sinai Vessel, City of Caterpillar (how did I miss these guys?), Apologies I have none, Army of Ponch, Deadaires, Tartar Control and many many more. I’ve got my b-list highlighted in blue. Once again I must tip my hat to The Fest as they obviously know their music and have assembled an amazing lineup this year. I’m thinking you could conceivably just pop into any venue and end up getting into the show happening at the time. Which would require no prep at all. Can’t have that now can we?

OK. So you’ve got your tickets, accommodations, schedule. You’re well on your way to maximum family fun at The Fest. To round out your enjoyment, definitely download the App. Take your spreadsheet and then transfer that info over to the App and it will sort your schedule by date and time. Now you are ready to go mobile! Next, you might want to check out the website. It’s loaded with goodies!! If you haven’t already, download all the Comps!! Get them in heavy rotation on your sonic delivery vehicle of choice. I’m from the old school, so I burned CDs. You might just find one of your new favorite bands in there. I had to juggle my schedule because I came across a must-see through the comp: Tartar Control. I guarantee you’ll find something in there that you might have missed. Hidden gems.

If you are insane like me, you can start planning your wardrobe, but you might not be that hardcore. I just can’t decide if it makes sense to represent for your favorite bands at the fest, or to bust obscure band Ts to give you more street cred. I could go on for days on this subject. Don’t forget your swimsuit!! There are pool parties happening at both the Wyndham and Holiday Inn. I’m guessing that will be a sight to behold.

I really could keep going and drive this whole preparation thing right into the ground, but I think I’ve already lost most of you, so to those who stayed til the end. I’ll see you on Sunday night. Teen Agers and Tiltwheel are my choices to close things out. Let’s get together and toast the fact that we survived. Cheers.



Against Me! covers Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down A Dream”

Against Me! recently paid tribute to the late great Tom Petty at their stop in Cleveland on their current tour.  Check out the video below to hear Laura Jane Grace speak about the influence Tom Petty had on her before the band tears through “Runnin’ Down A Dream.”

Against Me! last released the “Stabitha Christie” 7-inch earlier this year via Total Treble Records.



Laura Jane Grace streams cover from The Mountain Goats tribute album

Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace covered The Mountain Goats’ song “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” for an upcoming tribute album for the band. You can give the track a listen below.

The tribute album is titled I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, and it’s set to release on April 8th, 2018. Head over here to pre-order the record.



Full schedules announced for Fest 16 and Pre-Fest 5

The full schedules for this year’s Fest and Pre-Fest have been announced!

Pre-Fest 5 takes place October 25th and 26th in Tampa, FL, and will feature Against Me!, The Lillingtons, 88 Fingers Louie, and many more. The full schedule can be viewed here.

Fest 16 takes over Gainesville October 27th-29th. Its extensive lineup features most of the same bands, plus Hot Water Music, The Flatliners, and countless others. Check out the schedule here.

Head over here to grab tickets.



Against Me! announce Fall tour

Against Me! have announced a lengthy Fall headline tour, with support from Bleached and The Dirty Nil. Tickets go on sale from the band’s website on Friday.

Full details of the tour are below.



Initial lineup for Fest 16 announced

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.

The currently lineups for Fest 16 (October 27-29) and Pre-Fest 5 (October 25-26) can be viewed below. For more info, visit the festival’s official website.

We’ll keep you posted as more bands are announced and schedules are revealed.



Touche Amore announce Europe tour and festival dates with Code Orange, Against Me

California post-hardcore outfit Touché Amoré have announced a run of tour and festival dates across Europe. You can find dates, locations, and the tour poster below.

Touché Amoré will be joined by Pennsylvania hardcore group Code Orange and Against Me! for select dates, as indicated below.



Against Me! announce Record Store Day exclusive 7″

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.

Against Me! last released Shape Shift With Me on September 16, 2016 through Total Treble Records and Xtra Mile Recordings.

 



Against Me! debut new video for ‘Haunting, Haunted, Haunts’

Against Me! have debuted their new video for ‘Haunting, Haunted, Haunts’. The song is taken from their 2016 released full length Shape Shift With Me, which we absolutely loved.

Against Me! is kicking off a France tour with The Bronx late May. You can find the video and full dates to those shows below.