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Against Me!

Before becoming a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was an acoustic solo project spearheaded by Laura Jane Grace, whobegan playing shows as a 17-year-old in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 1997, Grace performed as a solo act wherever anyonewould have her,drawing much influence from early acoustic protest music. By 2001, she'd beefed up her sound with the help ofa full band -- including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward -- but there wouldalways be some anarchism and Billy Bragg in the group's raucous braggadocio. After a few initial 12" and 7" relea ...read more

Before becoming a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was an acoustic solo project spearheaded by Laura Jane Grace, whobegan playing shows as a 17-year-old in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 1997, Grace performed as a solo act wherever anyonewould have her,drawing much influence from early acoustic protest music. By 2001, she'd beefed up her sound with the help ofa full band -- including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward -- but there wouldalways be some anarchism and Billy Bragg in the group's raucous braggadocio. After a few initial 12" and 7" releases, AgainstMe! issued the fan favorite Reinventing Axl Rose in 2002. The underground hit blended elements of punk, folk, and country intosocially conscious and impassioned anthems. Continuing their reputation of always being on the road, the musicians loggedcountless 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 acompilation ofthatalbum's demos titled The Original Cowboy. After the release of a DVD (We're Never Going Home) andanother 7", the band returned withitsmost mature effort to date, 2005's Searching for a Former Clarity. A subsequentheadlining tour in support of the introspective,politicallyaggressive album saw Against Me! proudly hitting every U.S. state, andthey signed with Sire Records in December 2005. Later theyissued arough version of Searching for a Former Clarity, titled TotalClarity. They were back on the road by spring 2006, this time opening fortheAlkaline Trio, and spent the summer monthsplaying the main stage at the Warped Tour. Though Against Me! were officially signed toSire'sroster, they released their lastindie album in the form of Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!!, a concert album recordedwhileon tour inLondon 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 -- hitshelves.NewWave was the first album by Against Me! with no acoustic tracks; it was also their first on a major label's tab.Reviews weregenerallyfavorable, and the band toured heavily in support of its release. By the summer of 2009, drummerWarren Oakes had officially leftthe groupto pursue an alternate career as a restaurateur, eventually opening up a Tex. Mexeatery in Gainesville. Hot Water Music's GeorgeRebelojoined in his place, and the revised lineup re-enlisted Butch Vig toproduce the White Crosses album, which appeared in mid-2010.WhiteCrosses debuted at 34 on the Billboard 200 and AgainstMe! were prepared to launch an international tour when they canceled a plannedlegthrough Australia and New Zealand inSeptember of 2010. Two months later, the band parted ways with Sire, and then prepared forsomeend-of-the-year shows withJay Weinberg sitting in for Rebelo on drums, a move that was made permanent early in 2011. That spring,thedemos collectionTotal Clarity appeared on Fat Wreck Chords, and as Against Me! started work on a new album, they launched theirownrecordlabel 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 totransitiontoliving as a woman and abandon her birth name, Tom Gabel. Against Me! began working on a new album calledTransgender DysphoriaBluesin 2012 and, a few months after the interview, the band played its first dates since Grace's news.Toward the end of the year, Weinbergleftthe troupe and, the following May, Against Me! announced bassist Andrew Seward hadleft the band. Laura Jane Grace continued workingwithguitarist James Bowman and the band released Transgender DysphoriaBlues to wide acclaim in January 2014. « hide

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LPs
Shape Shift With Me
2016

3.1
167 Votes
Transgender Dysphoria Blues
2014

3.8
649 Votes
White Crosses
2010

3
490 Votes
New Wave
2007

3.3
722 Votes
Searching for a Former Clarity
2005

3.7
538 Votes
As the Eternal Cowboy
2003

4
640 Votes
Reinventing Axl Rose
2002

4.2
1,045 Votes
EPs
True Trans
07/12/2013

3.2
50 Votes
New Wave B-Sides
2008

3.2
20 Votes
The Disco Before the Breakdown
2002

4.1
167 Votes
Against Me!
2001

4.3
381 Votes
Crime as Forgiven By
2001

4.1
219 Votes
Against Me! (12'')
2000

2.6
17 Votes
Vivida Vis!
1998

2.7
51 Votes
Live Albums
23 Live Sex Acts
2015

4.1
10 Votes
Americans Abroad! Against Me! Live In London!
2006

3.6
61 Votes
Compilations
Black Crosses
2011

3.4
33 Votes
Total Clarity
2011

3.7
31 Votes
The Original Cowboy
2009

3.6
38 Votes

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