Posted in music on January 13, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

"Against Me! Top 25 lifetime concert, truly epic." - Steve Brown

Against Me! @ MHOW - 1/9/14 (via Tito Belis)
Against Me

Against Me! are just a week away from their release of their anticipated new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as transgender, and the first on their own Total Treble Music label after two major label releases. The melodic, anthemic punk that made their much of their earlier material so vital is intact here, and the heartbreaking reality that Laura delivers in her lyrics makes for some of their most powerful moments yet. You can now listen to the album in full ahead of its release date at NPR.

Late last week, Against Me! brought their tour with The Sidekicks and The Shondes to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (moved from Rough Trade) on Thursday (1/9). Their 20+ song set included half of the new record, plus a ton of stuff from throughout their back catalog including old favorites like "Sink, Florida, Sink" and "We Laugh at Danger (And Break All the Rules)." The NY Times caught the show and wrote:

Laura Jane Grace, the frontwoman of the punk band Against Me!, introduced all the new songs by name on Thursday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, as the singer of a band with a new album generally does, and should do.

"This one's called 'True Trans Souuuuullll Rebel,' " she said. It's a vicious and beautiful number from the band's new album, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," and appealingly peppy, too. From the opening verse:

All dressed up and nowhere to go
You're walking the streets all alone
Another night to wish you could forget
Making yourself up as you go along

Watch a video of the band playing the new album's "Black Me Out" at the MHOW show, along with their setlist, below...

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Against Me! - "Black Me Out" at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 1/9/14

Against Me! at MHOW - 1/9/14 Setlist: (via)
FuckMyLife666
Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
New Wave
Walking Is Still Honest
True Trans Soul Rebel
Cliché Guevara
White People for Peace
I Was a Teenage Anarchist
Unconditional Love
Turn Those Clapping Hands into Angry Balled Fists
I Still Love You Julie
Pretty Girls (The Mover)
Don't Lose Touch
Black Me Out
Miami
Thrash Unreal
The Ocean
Sink, Florida, Sink

Encore:
Two Coffins
Rapid Decompression
We Laugh at Danger (And Break All the Rules)

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Comments (20)

awesome show, they didnt miss a beat

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:17 AM

New album is very good minus Dead Friend.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:20 AM

Yeah, Dead Friend is a terrible song. Unconditional Love is pretty bad, too. Rest of the album is really good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:25 AM

Really? I enjoy "Dead Friend" and the "Hey!"'s in "Unconditional Love."

Show totally ruled too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:26 AM

10:17 - did you mean "they didnt miss a beat" regarding the "transition" of Tom Gabel to Laura Jane Grace?

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:27 AM

BARF

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:27 AM

So has Tom got the snip yet?

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:48 AM

New album is way better than I thought it would be.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:55 AM

Enough with the snide comments....really. Listen to the music.

The album absolutely surpassed my expectations. Well done.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:58 AM

Would?

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:19 AM

This show was awesome! They nailed it and Inge and Atom are great additions to the band!

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:21 AM

Frito Belis

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:26 AM

smh @ 11:19

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:28 AM

Is it apropos to still call him "dude"?

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:31 AM

Uhm, the band's named Against Me! (don't forget the "!"), and you wonder why people provide snark? Get over yourselves, fanboygirls

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:37 AM

good enough for music this year

Posted by sean | January 13, 2014 12:07 PM

fuck this band, fuck laura. throws everyone under the bus and is a fucking asshole, but now that they're not playing stadiums and she came out as trans we're supposed to forget about all the other bullshit. nope.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 12:09 PM

dude or chick who cares...never cared for these bullshit poseurs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 12:35 PM

The new album is good, not crazy about the production, but the songs are (mostly) great as always.

Also, since when have AM! played stadiums? Maybe they've played festivals or opened a bigger gig, but they've always been a club-level band for last 10+ years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 1:48 PM

LOL at the buthurt Florida scene kids commenting on this post. Did your band lose out at the state fair battle of the bands?

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 3:40 PM

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