Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! recently played an in-store session at Banquet Records in the UK. Watch the video below after the jump.
Against Me! have several unfinished songs from the Transgender Dysphoria Blues sessions that they apparently plan on finishing up and releasing. Check out what Laura Jane Grace said in a Reddit AMA below after the jump.
Against Me! have released a new lyric video for “FUCKMYLIFE666.” Watch the video below after the jump.
Against Me! will be going on a spring headlining tour in March and April with Cheap Girls and Laura Stevenson. Check out the dates below after the jump.
POZ Review: Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
by Erik van Rheenen
Laura Jane Grace came out as a transgender woman a pair of summers ago in a watershed interview with Rolling Stone, having grappled with gender dysphoria throughout her entire life. The first record Against Me! released since Grace courageously shared her coming out story, my first few listens to Transgender Dysphoria Blues also reminded me of a different interview — one where Grace conversed with Grantland about drunkenly confessing her gender dysphoria to The Lawrence Arms’ Brendan Kelly two years before her Rolling Stone interview went to print. “Blackout drunk, I confessed to him,” Grace states in the interview. “I told him everything I was going through, and that I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
And that’s just the kind of record Transgender Dysphoria Blues is — wholly unapologetic, unabashedly honest, and incredibly poignant. Like the sharply pointed political statements of Against Me! albums past, Blues is downright blunt in its statements, relentless in its refusal to tiptoe around its subject matter. Starting with a signature rollicking Atom Willard drum beat (the recording of Blues marked an Against Me! lineup in flux), “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” kicks in listeners’ teeth a hot-blooded vocal turn from Grace that, well, it just fucking rocks. Grace sings lines like “You’ve got no cunt in your strut/You’ve got no hips to shake” with brutal, vocal cord-rending honesty. Though Grace frames Blues in terms of a concept record spinning the yarn of a transgender prostitute, it’s tough to listen to the title track and not think of Grace’s struggle for “them to see you like any other girl,” and Grace’s imagery of a ragged summer dress and a rocky coastline cut as deeply as the jagged guitar riff from Against Me! mainstay James Bowman.
Blues rarely lets off the gas pedal during its half-hour sprint, and when the record does decide to take a few breaths, those more reflective tracks mark some of the most emotionally cuts in the Against Me! discography. The clarity of Grace’s harrowing lyrics, waxing on her fear of loss, on the acoustic “Two Coffins” sent me reeling and reaching to my pocket for a tissue, and it’s hard to shake the heartache when Against Me! tackles self-doubt and discovery (“FUCKMYLIFE666”) through a pop-punk lens that falls pretty closely to the more hook-heavy end of the spectrum, and a reflection on losing a friend (“Dead Friend”) played with a power-pop touch.
Grantland posted an excellent article earlier this week titled A True Trans Soul Rebel. The piece features extensive commentary from Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace on her transition and the band's new album. Read the full piece here and a part of it below after the jump.
Drummer Jay Weinberg left Against Me! in a way no one would have expected. Laura Jane Grace has confirmed that she was notified of Weinberg’s leaving via a tweet and that they have not spoken since the departure. Read what she had to say below after the jump.
We know Warped Tour announcements each week are making you (hopefully) excited for the summer, but there are too many great tours this winter and early-spring to head to first. PropertyOfZack’s team put together a new Discussion on all the “must see” tours this winter, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
The Wonder Years
Come early springtime, The Wonder Years always manage to pull out all the stops for an absolute blockbluster of a headlining tour. While last year’s support (Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Misser) skewed closer to the pop-punk side of things, The Wonder Years’ first proper headlining run in support of The Greatest Generation is eclectic, to say the least. Featuring hardcore storytellers Defeater, ’90s grunge disciples Citizen, the upstart pop-punkers of Real Friends, and the always-brainy Modern Baseball, the tour boasts a little something for everyone: something plenty of tours brag about, but can’t back up the statement as much as this one can. - Erik van Rheenen
Bayside, Four Year Strong
On record, Bayside is one of the most consistent bands playing music. Expert songwriting mixed with masterful musicianship, and the kind of charisma and accessibility to resonate with fans of nearly every genre. What more could you ask for?
Live, Bayside is a whole different animal. Replicating their studio recordings with precision and poise, but infusing them with jolts of youthful energy, Bayside’s live show envelops nearly everything a rock show should be: punchy, loud, and in your face.
Armed with their sixth full-length record, Cult, the New York-bred four piece will embark this March on The Great American Cult Tour, featuring support from friends in Four Year Strong (a band seemingly desperate for redemption in 2014), Mixtapes, and Daylight. Expect a handful of fresh cuts sprinkled amongst fan favorites, and prepare to be dazzled as the masters of their craft hit the road once more.
There is something about old school punk rock that gets my blood pumping; maybe it’s the twang of a Telecaster or that classic four-on-the-floor drumbeat that just riles up my soul. Come January 21st, The Menzingers’ latest tour with Off With Their Heads, Broadway Calls, and Elway will be filled to the brim with those punk rock enchantments and all the sweaty, beer soaked excesses one would expect from such a blue-collar band of heroes.