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Before becoming a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was an acoustic solo project spearheaded by Laura Jane Grace, who began playingshows as a 17-year-old in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 1997, Grace performed as a solo act wherever anyone would have her, drawingmuch influence from early acoustic protest music. By 2001, she'd beefed up her sound with the help of a full band -- including guitarist JamesBowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward -- but there would always be some anarchism and Billy Bragg in the group'sraucous braggadocio. After a few initial 12" and 7" releases ...read more
Before becoming a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was an acoustic solo project spearheaded by Laura Jane Grace, who began playingshows as a 17-year-old in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 1997, Grace performed as a solo act wherever anyone would have her, drawingmuch influence from early acoustic protest music. By 2001, she'd beefed up her sound with the help of a full band -- including guitarist JamesBowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward -- but there would always be some anarchism and Billy Bragg in the group'sraucous braggadocio. After a few initial 12" and 7" releases, Against Me! issued the fan favorite Reinventing Axl Rose in 2002. Theunderground hit blended elements of punk, folk, and country into socially conscious and impassioned anthems. Continuing their reputation ofalways being on the road, the musicians logged countless tour dates around the country in support of their early material.
A slightly more polished album, As the Eternal Cowboy, was released in 2003 on the indie label Fat Wreck, followed by a compilation of thatalbum's demos titled The Original Cowboy. After the release of a DVD (We're Never Going Home) and another 7", the band returned with itsmost mature effort to date, 2005's Searching for a Former Clarity. A subsequent headlining tour in support of the introspective, politicallyaggressive album saw Against Me! proudly hitting every U.S. state, and they signed with Sire Records in December 2005. Later they issued arough version of Searching for a Former Clarity, titled Total Clarity. They were back on the road by spring 2006, this time opening for theAlkaline Trio, and spent the summer months playing the main stage at the Warped Tour. Though Against Me! were officially signed to Sire'sroster, they released their last indie album in the form of Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!!, a concert album recorded whileon tour in London with Murder by Death.
In July 2007, the band's major-label debut -- New Wave, a decidedly more rock-oriented record produced by Butch Vig -- hit shelves. NewWave was the first album by Against Me! with no acoustic tracks; it was also their first on a major label's tab. Reviews were generallyfavorable, and the band toured heavily in support of its release. By the summer of 2009, drummer Warren Oakes had officially left the groupto pursue an alternate career as a restaurateur, eventually opening up a Tex-Mex eatery in Gainesville. Hot Water Music's George Rebelojoined in his place, and the revised lineup re-enlisted Butch Vig to produce the White Crosses album, which appeared in mid-2010. WhiteCrosses debuted at 34 on the Billboard 200 and Against Me! were prepared to launch an international tour when they canceled a planned legthrough Australia and New Zealand in September of 2010. Two months later, the band parted ways with Sire, and then prepared for someend-of-the-year shows with Jay Weinberg sitting in for Rebelo on drums, a move that was made permanent early in 2011. That spring, thedemos collection Total Clarity appeared on Fat Wreck Chords, and as Against Me! started work on a new album, they launched their ownrecord label called Total Treble Music; that year, Grace also opened an Elkton, Florida-based recording studio bearing the same name.
In a May 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Laura Jane Grace went public with her gender dysphoria, announcing her plans to transition toliving as a woman and abandon her birth name, Tom Gabel. Against Me! began working on a new album called Transgender Dysphoria Bluesin 2012 and, a few months after the interview, the band played its first dates since Grace's news. Toward the end of the year, Weinberg leftthe troupe and, the following May, Against Me! announced bassist Andrew Seward had left the band. Laura Jane Grace continued working withguitarist James Bowman and the band released Transgender Dysphoria Blues to wide acclaim in January 2014. « hide
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