Against Me! played House of Vans with Cherry Glazerr, covered Mountain Goats (pics, video, setlist)
Against Me! headlined one of the final House of Vans Brooklyn shows ever. The venue was packed with true fans who were excited to hear songs from throughout the band's career, as the setlist pulled from all seven of their albums with 5 of the 25 songs they played coming from their 2002 debut Reinventing Axl Rose (which they played in full at The Fest last year). The band, now with longtime bassist Andrew Seward back in the band (who was first a member from 2002 to 2013), are a professional force on stage, with never a dull moment as the crowd moshes and screams along to song after song, but if we had any complaints personally, it would just be that we were hoping for more songs from one of our favorite albums of recent times, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The title track, "Black Me Out" and "True Trans Soul Rebel" were some of our favorite moments, as were the party starting "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" they played to start the show, "Miami," "Up the Cuts," and "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong."
Singer Laura Jane Grace and drummer Atom Willard opened the five song encore as a duo with an acoustic rendition of The Mountain Goats' "Going to Georgia" (a band Laura has covered before), followed by an acoustic "Two Coffins," which she pointed out she wrote for her daughter. You can watch a video of the Mountain Goats cover and see AM!'s full setlist below.
Cherry Glazerr (who also opened two consecutive Lord Huron shows at Brooklyn Steel in the two days leading up to the Against Me! show and headlined Rough Trade with openers Sloppy Jane later the same night as the Against Me! show) opened with an energetic set that also got people moshing. They were an excellent start to the night and a great band to open for Against Me!. Taking Meds opened too. Pictures of all three bands are in the gallery above.
The night after the House of Vans show, Against Me! headed to Asbury Park for The Bouncing Souls' 'Stoked for the Summer' show with Titus Andronicus, Smoking Popes, and Tim Barry. Did you catch that one?
In other related news, Laura Jane Grace and Atom Willard's new project Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers just announced a debut album for Bloodshot and a tour.
Against Me! at House of Vans Brooklyn - 8/3/18 Setlist (via)
I Was A Teenage Anarchist
Don't Lose Touch
Piss and Vinegar
I Still Love You Julie
Reinventing Axl Rose
Turn Those Clapping Hands into Angry Balled Fists
T.S.R. (This Shit Rules)
From Her Lips to God's Ears (The Energizer)
Haunting, Haunted, Haunts
Pretty Girls (The Mover)
Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Walking Is Still Honest
Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
True Trans Soul Rebel
Going to Georgia (The Mountain Goats cover)
Up the Cuts
Black Me Out
We Laugh at Danger (And Break All the Rules)
photos by Stephanie Augello