Search Results for "Against Me!"

DS Photo Gallery: Against Me! perform “Searching For A Former Clarity” and “New Wave” in Boston (w/Cursive, Dilly Dally)

While I think the idea of full-album shows can be a cool one, particularly if its an album the listener has a sentimental connection with, I think that they also invite a lot of space for potential letdown; an album performed as a single unit might work well on its own but can also frequently mess with the flow of a full-length headline set. The double album show, however, can be pretty great; you get the natural ebb and flow and crescendo that comes with the experience of listening to an album, then you get to reset and start the process over again halfway through the show. And when the show contains two albums that were released back-to-back, it also allows a unique, retroactive insight as to what the songwriter or the band was going through at that time period.

To that end, Against Me! brought their two-night, four-album mini-tour through Boston last week for a couple well-attended nights at the 1000-capacity Royale nightclub. Yours truly attended the first night which, if you’re keeping score at home, meant getting Searching For A Former Clarity and New Wave in succession. Released in 2005 and 2007 respectively, these represent the band’s last album on Fat Wreck Chords and subsequent first major label album for Sire Records. They were also written during the second half of the eight-year reign of George W. Bush. The country was constantly at war, conservatism ruled the day, and the country was on the brink of an economic collapse, themes that we’re struggling with on an exponential scale a decade-plus later. On a more personal level, they also found Laura Jane Grace exploring themes of gender and identification and isolation, things that would all get blown open on 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The band looked and sounded great on this night; Grace’s voice was probably the best I’ve heard it at any point in the last half-decade. It was the first time I’d seen Andrew Seward perform in Boston since returning to his previous role as the band’s bass player, and as much as I loved watching Inge Johansson play and perform, there’s something comforting about seeing the three-headed monster Grace flanked by Seward and longtime ax-man James Bowman with the eternal sparkplug that is Atom Willard providing the gas pedal. I know I mixed metaphors there, but whatever. The double-album show also gave a chance for the band to pull out a few deep cuts that haven’t been played in a long, long time; Grace remarked that time had taught her it was okay to hate the New Wave track “Stop,” but that time has also taught her it’s okay to get funky when listening to that song if you want to.

Support on this quick run of Against Me! shows came from Omaha’s Cursive and Toronto’s Dilly Dally. The former, a long-running six-piece post-punk collaborative are still touring in support of last year’s Vitriola and it’s 2019 companion Get Fixed. The latter are a band that I was not really previously familiar with unfortunately, but they’re a dynamite force. In short order, they’ve perfected a sort of explosive, post-grunge sound that is somewhere between Bikini Kill and Sonic Youth and maybe Smashing Pumpkins but the good Smashing Pumpkins of like 1994.

Head below to see our full photo rundown. For whatever reason, none of the bands involved were really lit from the front, allowing the viewer a more ethereal experience and the amateur photographer an awful lot of frustration. I just kinda leaned into the poor lighting and hoped for the best, particularly where the oversaturdated red light during Dilly Dally’s set is concerned.

 



Riot Fest 2019 Day 3: Bikini Kill, Teenage Bottlerocket and…The Village People Close Out The Weekend With Help From Others

Words by: Fredric Hall
Photos and additional words by: Meredith Goldberg

For the third and final day of 2019’s Riot Fest festivities, punk sets were, again, on the small side. Still what’s there ain’t too shabby. Against Me! Had an awesome set, playing both “Reinventing Axl Rose” and “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” start-to-finish, while singer Laura Jane Grace was belting out every song with her unique voice that forces you to pay attention. A particular high point was “Osama bin Laden as the Crucified Christ” with its driving, distorted bass line and disturbing lyrics. At one point, someone in the crowd held up a sign saying “You Are My Hero”, a good indicator of the effect the band had on the crowd.

Against Me!

 

Dave Hause & The Mermaid

Frankie Iero and the Future Violents

 

Sincere Engineer

Perhaps the most curious event to take place at Riot Fest’s 15th Anniversary staging in Chicago was a Wall of Death during The Village People’s performance of their most famous tune, “YMCA.” The song has long been a staple at basketball games of all levels and in all communities despite its lyrical content often understood to refer to the YMCA as a gay hook up spot in the 1970’s. Yet on Day 3,  fans young, old and looking to represent virtually every demographic at Riot Fest joined in forming the 4 letters in the title. And per an organized Facebook event, many took part in a Wall of Death in the center of crowd. For the uninitiated, a Wall of Death is basically a move within a circle pit where a large group of people back off and then at the same moment run toward each other. The event even took the life of a photographer’s sunglasses (though not the DS photog’s sunglasses, whew).

The Village People

 

The Village People fans spell out Y.M.C.A.

Patti Smith had her brand of a slow burning performance later on. Now I know the organizers don’t pick out acts all willy-nilly and Patti Smith is a legend in the genre. However, I’m sure there is a good size of the attendees who have no idea who is she and her contributions to the punk genre. And I guess Smith knew this because she really brought it on stage. While not “punk” in regards to modern tastes, there was a energy about it that exuded a punk attitude, even with covers like Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experience”(with some “Third Stone of the Sun” thrown towards the end) and Midnight Oil’s “Beds are Burning”. She did close the set with “Gloria” which really brought the crowd to its knees.

 

Bikini Kill

Finally, we got Riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill, the headliners for the final evening of the festival. Though Kathleen Hanna sang most of the set, she did occasionally switch over to bass, while the rest of the band traded instruments for certain songs. Seriously, they did so many times I couldn’t keep up. Declaring “We’re a feminist band. And we’re headlining a festival” they blazed through songs like “Reject All-American” with the abrasiveness and in-you-face attitude that put them on the map for almost thirty years.

Bikini Kill

If you’ve made it this far, so you might have the impression Riot Fest is straying from it’s punk roots. Well, here’s the thing: I get that festivals like Riot Fest have to carter towards different demographics to stay afloat. To me, this year was more of a history lesson. Teenage punks with Op Ivy back patches on their vests now got to hear Patti Smith and Bikini Kill. They also got to see Slayer which is always a treat (and also played right after Rise Against). So, this is a chance to see all kinds of genres. Limiting yourself to one thing is narrow-minded and stupid. In the end we all need to go beyond our boundaries and explore what’s out there.

Ween

 

Teenage Bottlerocket

 

Please check out the rest of our images from the final day of Riot Fest 2019 below:



Fest 18 announces insane lineup including a Jawbox reunion and more

Fest 18 will be happening the weekend of November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Gainesville, FL and will feature a sick lineup of bands, including Against Me! playing full albums (Transgender Dysphoria Blues, White Crosses, New Wave, and Searching For a Former Clarity) (as well as a Laura Jane Grace solo set), a Jawbox reunion show, Jawbreaker, Masked Intruder, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bronx, Tim Barry of Avail, and many, many more, including a 40th anniversary show for Stiff Little Fingers.

Tickets for the Fest 18, and updated news as it happens, are available on the official website.  The full lineup is on the website as well.



Against Me! announce tour playing 4 albums in their entirety

Against Me! have announced an upcoming tour in which they will be playing 4 of their albums over 2 nights in each stop.  They will be performing Searching For A Former Clarity, New Wave, White Crosses and Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

You can check out all of the dates and locations below.

Against Me! last released Shape Shift With Me in 2016 via Total Treble.



Ink Bomb (Skate Punk, Holland) Stick to Their Tradition with Charity Acoustic Cover of Against Me!’s “Black Me Out”

For the third year in a row, Dutch punk band Ink Bomb will sell an acoustic cover for charity. This year the band chose the song “Black Me Out” by Against Me! and will sell copies for 3 euros. All proceeds will be donated to OutRight Action International, an LGBTIQ organisation. The donation campaign will end on January 11.

Previous charity covers from the band have included Cindy Lauper’s “Time After Time” and “Nothing With You” by Descendents.

You can check out their version of “Black Me Out” below. If you like it, get it bought and support a great cause!



Against Me! stream “People Who Died” for Songs That Saved My Life compilation

A few weeks back Hopeless Records and Sub City announced an amazing project called Songs That Saved My Life. The compilation features bands covering songs that have inspired and helped them get through the toughest of times in life. The latest teaser is Against Me! covering the Jim Carroll hit “People Who Died”. When asked why they chose this song Laura Jane Grace had this to say: ““Choosing to cover a song that is filled with death to be featured on a compilation dedicated to the thought that music can save your life seemed completely fitting to me. I’ve always thought music was about taking all the sadness, pain, fear and trouble that you have weighing on you and turning it into something empowering, celebratory and life-affirming.”

You can check out the stirring Against Me! cover below.

A few weeks back Neck Deep released their cover of “Torn” and if these two songs are any sign of what the rest of this album will sound like, we are in for a treat. This project benefits a variety of mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Currently, this project benefits Crisis Text Line, Hope For The Day, The Trevor Project, and To Write Love On Her Arms. As well, last month, the Songs That Saved My Life grant was announced. The $10,000 grant will be awarded to a fan or band partnering with a non-profit organization related to mental health awareness and/or suicide prevention. 



Hopeless Records and Sub City streaming benefit album “Songs That Saved My Life”

Hopeless Records and their non-profit partners Sub City are streaming the début track from their amazing project Songs That Saved My Life. Neck Deep offers up a pretty wicked cover of Natalie Imbruglia’s hit, Torn. The full album will be released November 9th and features bands like Taking Back Sunday, Against Me! and the aforementioned Neck Deep.

You can check out the video for Neck Deep’s cover of Torn by Natalie Imbruglia below.

The benefit album features bands covering songs that you guessed it saved their lives. The proceeds from the project will go towards: Crisis Text Line, Hope For The Day, The Trevor Project, and To Write Love On Her Arms. You can graciously donate your money to a great cause and pre-order your album here. 



New Music: Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers debut “Apocalypse Now (& Later)” from upcoming album “Bought To Rot”

Happy Hump Day, boys and girls!

One of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2018 not only has a name and a release date, but it’s got a lead single as well! It comes from Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, the newly-formed outfit centered around — you guessed it — Against Me! bandleader Laura Jane Grace. Grace is joined on drums in the new project by Against Me! drummer Atom Willard and on bass by Marc Jacob Hudson, recordist and mixer at Michigan’s Rancho Recordo and Against Me!’s sound engineer.

The band’s debut release is entitled Bought To Rot, and is due out November 9th on Chicago’s Bloodshot Records. Check out the lead single, “Apocalypse Now (& Later)” below. Assuming you like what you hear – and we’re sure that you will – pre-order Bought To Rot right here. Oh, and relax Against Me! fans; this doesn’t mean the end of AM!. In fact, James Bowman plays the blistering guitar solo you hear on “Apocalypse Now (& Later)”!



DS Photo Gallery: Against Me! Off With Their Heads, SPELLS, The Get Up Kids, among acts at Chicago’s Wicker Park Fest 2018

The 15th Anniversary Wicker Park Fest took place over the three blazing hot days of July 2018’s final weekend, the 27th-29th. The event is perhaps the most popular street festival in Chicago and surely the most popular on the north side of the city. Each year, it brings a wide variety of national and local musical acts to one of the city’s very diverse neighborhoods. This year the number of musical acts exceeded 40. Considering this also the neighborhood which is home to – or in close proximity to – such popular venues (and in the case of the now-closed Double Door, legendary) such as Subterranean, Hideout, the Empty Bottle, and Cobra Lounge.

SPELLS

WPF also attracts many, many dogs of all ages and breeds, mixed or otherwise. Far more than 40. Perhaps the most dog attended annual fest in the city. But as adorable as that it is, this is about the music and a photo gallery of just a few of the bands Dying Scene caught and shot. Head below to check out our shots from SPELLS, Against Me!, Off With Their Heads, The Brokedowns, The Get Up Kids, and more!



DS Photo Galley: Stoked For The Summer 2018 w/Bouncing Souls, Against Me!, Titus Andronicus, Smoking Popes and Tim Barry

For the third time in as many years, New Jersey punk rock stalwarts The Bouncing Souls threw their now-annual Stoked For The Summer blowout show last weekend on the outdoor, beachfront Summer Stage at the legendary Stone Pony in equally legendary Asbury Park. In spite of occurring in what’s theoretically an off-year for the band — their last full-length, Simplicity, was released in 2016 and the band are gearing up for their 30th anniversary next year — it also marked the largest Stoked For The Summer show to date, with well over 4000 people baking outdoors on the blacktop for the festivities.

Tim Barry kicked things off late in the afternoon in quintessential Tim Barry fashion. The Richmond, Virginia, native has long had ties to the Bouncing Souls/Chunksaah Records/Little Eden Studio family in Central Jersey, and as such was the perfect choice to get things rolling. Armed with only his trusty Martin acoustic (and an assist from longtime Souls merchandise manager/video production wizard Matthew Gere on harmonica), Barry blazed through an intense half-hour set that was heavy on songs with Garden State references (“Avoiding Catatonic Surrender,” “40 Miler,” the obvious choice “Little Eden”). Oh…and HE PLAYED AN AVAIL SONG WHICH IS NOT A THING THAT I EVER THOUGHT I’D SAY LET ALONE WITNESS IN PERSON okay, I’m better now.

The Smoking Popes were next out of the chute, fresh off a dozen-hour drive from their previous night’s show in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In spite of the road weariness, the band didn’t seem much worse for the wear, powering through a set that was heavy on crowd favorites like “Rubella” and “I Need You Around.” The Chicago quartet are still celebrating the 20th anniversary re-release of their iconic 1997 album Destination Failure, and have a brand new album mixed, mastered, and ready to go for release this coming fall. If what’s to come bears any resemblance to lead single “Someday I’ll Smile Again,” it’s bound to be an instant pop-punk classic.

Hailing from just up the GSP in Glen Rock, New Jersey, Titus Andronicus occupied the number three spot in the order. Though the Patrick Stickles-led quartet just released a new album, A Productive Cough, a few months back, the band’s half-hour set skipped that album in favor of the more “punk rock bangers” of the back catalog, especially 2015’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy. The band managed to cram a half-dozen songs into their half-hour set, which is not an easy task when you’re known for writing epic tracks about Civil War naval battles and whatnot. In a nod to probably the one artist that cemented Asbury Park’s place in the rock and roll pantheon, the set closed with a pretty stellar cover of Springsteen’s summer classic, “Glory Days.”

Batting clean-up were the inimitable Against Me!. It’s been barely a month since it was announced that former bass player Andrew Seward is now present bass player Andrew Seward once again, and this marked the biggest-scale show in the current lineup’s brief introductory run. I’ve never seen Against Me! – in any formation – be anything short of awe-inspiring, but this show seemed a notch or two above the norm, helped of course by the early evening sun actively setting directly behind the stage. The band’s set opened with scorching renditions “FuckMyLife666” and “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” both from their ground-breaking 2014 album of the same name, and never really let up steam at all for forty-five high energy minutes that featured a non-stop barrage of crowd surfers right from the beginning. This is only a brief run of shows for Against Me!, and Laura Jane Grace has got a solo album due out in the coming months, but the newly retooled AM! lineup being this solid – and seeming to genuinely be having this much fun – so soon is a welcome sign.

Last, but most certainly not least, were the legendary Bouncing Souls. As I intimated above, the Souls have only played a handful of shows this year, but they certainly made up for lost time on this particular night. With the stage – and the crowd – filled with friends and family, the Jersey legends ripped into fan favorites “Hopeless Romantic,” “East Coast, Fuck You” and “The Gold Song” in rapid succession to kick off a set that extended well into the Asbury Park night. The perfect symbiotic relationship between crowd and band can be a tough thing to keep up for an extended time, but was readily on display for the duration of the Souls’ Herculean thirty-song set (a direct nod to their upcoming thirtieth anniversary?) on this particular night. I’ve said this before on other platforms, but I genuinely thought that the Souls sounded the best I’d ever heard them sound when I last saw them in Boston last November. That show, solid as it was, is now a distant second to this one. There’s obviously been a twin-like bond between Bryan Kienlen and Pete Steinkopf at the sonic core of the Souls for three decades, which translates into the two performing in lockstep and making it seem effortless in the process, giving frontman Greg Attonito the freedom to roam – both vocally and physically on stage – like a mad punk rock scientist giving a high-powered TED Talk. And it’s actually quite amazing how seemingly easily – at least from the audience perspective – that the newest Soul, drummer George Rebelo, has acclimated himself to the role, especially given that his “other band,” Hot Water Music, are not only still a living, breathing entity but left for a handful of European shows a day or so after this epic night.

While we’re waiting for what 30th anniversary hi-jinks the Souls might have coming down the ‘pike next year, have a gander at our pictures from Stoked For The Summer 2018 below!



Against Me! finish recording new album

Gainesville, Florida punk rockers Against Me! have finished their newest album! According a recent tweet by vocalist/guitarist Laura Jane Grace, recording, mixing, mastering and album art are completed.

No title, release date or other details have been released. This new album will be the follow- up to their 2016 LP Shape Shift With Me



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.