Against Me! Announce New Album; Stream New Song

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    Against Me! will release their new album, Shape Shift With Me, on September 16th. The first single, “333,” is up for streaming and pre-orders are now available. More information, including the track listing, can be found below.

    Track Listing

    1. ProVision L-3
    2. 12:03
    3. Boyfriend
    4. Crash
    5. Delicate, Petite & Other Things I’ll Never Be
    6. 333
    7. Haunting, Haunted, Haunts
    8. Dead Rats
    9. Rebecca
    10. Norse Truth
    11. Suicide Bomber
    12. All This (And More)

    Celebrated American rock band Against Me! are proud to announce the Friday, September 16 release of its highly anticipated forthcoming full-length album titled Shape Shift With Me. Being released on the band’s label Total Treble (in partnership with INgrooves) and serving as the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Shape Shift With Me is now available for pre-order on Amazon (LP, CD) and iTunes where an instant download of the album’s lead single, “333,” is now being offered for those who purchase the album. Stream “333” via YouTube or on Spotify.
    Coinciding with the announcement of the new album, drummer Atom Willard will be making nightly appearances this week as part of the 8G Band on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Starting tonight, Monday, July 18, Willard’s guest musician slot can be seen this week through Thursday, July 21 at 12:35/11:35c on NBC.

    Additionally, the band has announced its upcoming North American fall tour dates that will both include headline appearances and dates with Bad Religion and Dave Hause. A full listing of dates can be found below with tickets and information on Against Me!’s official website, http://www.againstme.net.

    Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace recently announced the release of her upcoming memoir titled TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Set for release on November 15, 2016 through Hachette Books, TRANNY is a searing account of Grace’s search for identity and true self. The highly anticipated book also reveals the struggles and victories that the artist experienced in her quest for gender transition. Written with Noisey editor Dan Ozzi and illuminated by Grace’s never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, TRANNY is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, failed marriages, music, and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.

    Recorded, mixed and engineered by Marc Jacob Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day) at Rancho Recordo, Shape Shift With Me, Against Me!’s seventh full length album, has the distinction of the first album frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It’s an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace’s songwriting for the past 20 years.

    “Tons of people have written about love. But while love is cliché, it’s infinitely relevant,” Grace says. “For me, having always been in a punk band that was expected to be political, I never felt like I had that option to write about feelings in that way. That’s what I ended up being drawn to this time. It’s writing in a way I thought I could never write before, and not giving a shit about expectations.”

    As such, Shape Shift With Me is a loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator. But even though she was opening herself up to new songwriting topics, she knew what her mission was from the start.

    “Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?” she asks rhetorically. “There needs to be more records about trans rights and everything like that, but feeling like I already did that, I wanted to move on to write commentary on living from a trans perspective. I wanted to write the transgender response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St., Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville and the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free. All those records are relationship records. There’s been an infinite amount of records talking about what love means from a cisgender perspective. I wanted to present the trans perspective on sex, love and heartbreak.”

    With Grace’s new motivation came a new outlook on the band, as well. Previous albums found the songwriting process to be a largely solitary experience, but she embraced the spirit of collaboration for Shape Shift With Me—so much so that when Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers sent her some demos of songs he was working on for another project, she became inspired and ended up co-writing “Boyfriend” and “Norse Truth,” two of the album’s most memorable tracks, with him.

    “It was just about opening up to whatever comes my way karmically,” Grace says. “Whatever everyone in the band is willing to offer, I just wanted to be open to it. I didn’t want it to be like what it was in the past where it may have felt closed. I want it to be different.”

    In a career already full of classic punk records, Shape Shift With Me feels like the definitive Against Me! album—it’s poppy and catchy (“Rebecca,” “Suicide Bomber”), aggressive and in-your-face (“ProVision L-3,” “Dead Rats”), sentimental and longing [Crash,” “All This (And More”)]. Moreover, it’s the culmination of four years of existence as Laura Jane Grace—there’s no going back now, so she might as well embrace it.

    “While I’ve always wanted the moon and the stars, I have a certain amount of humbleness,” she admits. “I just want to play shows and make records and write songs. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Of course I always want the biggest and best things for those shows and records and songs, but when it comes down to it, I just love doing it. I have no other ambitions or career goals.”

     
  2. Turkeylegz

    Next Concert: Tiny Moving Parts/Jetty Bones 2/2 Supporter

    All of this is such great news. The world needs a new Against Me! record. I think TDB is one of the most important records of the decade.
     
  3. House Of Wolves

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    Marc Hudson producing.
     
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  5. House Of Wolves Jul 18, 2016
    (Last edited: Jul 18, 2016)
    House Of Wolves

    Regular

    Crash is also streaming on Apple Music. Is the lyric really "let me stay up in your oven a while"?
     
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  6. Anticitizen7

    Lets be friends!

    This is good!
     
  7. Turkeylegz

    Next Concert: Tiny Moving Parts/Jetty Bones 2/2 Supporter

    Song is wicked. Love it. I remember having too hard of a time picking my album of the year back in 2014 cause of Against Me! and The Hotelier. I'd love for that to happen again!
     
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  8. Jake W

    let's get hexed Supporter

    Suddenly one of my most anticipated for the rest of the year.
     
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  9. Dan O'Neill

    Regular

    333 is awesome. I'm so ready for some new Against Me!
     
  10. Furman

    Newbie

    I don't see it!
     
  11. Honeymagnolia

    Regular

    This song is awesome. Love how in the press release Laura names concept albums and mentions the Streets 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' Such an amazing record.
     
  12. SamLevi11

    Trusted Prestigious

    As someone who got into them through White Crosses, I'm going back through their discography. So far I'm most into Searching For A Former Clarity, but they appear to not ever make bad albums. I have faith this will be the same.

    Definitely feels like it could have been on TDB musically.
     
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  13. SamLevi11

    Trusted Prestigious

    Yeah, I love that she name checks this. Such a great album.
     
  14. Anthony_

    A Dork, A Dweeb, But Not An Adult Supporter

    Finally! Been waiting for this announcement for way too long. Song rips, as expected.

    Viva Laura!
     
  15. Hagysaurus

    Newbie

    Fuck yeah! This song sounds amazing.
     
  16. Contender

    Goodness is Nowhere

    Add the album, and it will let you listen to it.
     
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  17. TheZeroKid

    I'm Not Holden Caulfield Prestigious

    Yes! So excited! New Against Me! is always the best news.
     
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  18. AP_Punk

    achin' to be Prestigious

    Fuck yessss
     
  19. joshuaharris

    Newbie

    Super excited.
     
  20. Fox83

    Regular

    I really like this. I'm sure I'm in the minority, but Transgender Dysphoria Blues was somewhat of a disappointment to me. It was probably my most anticipated album that year, and I loved how personal it was, but it just wasn't very memorable to me beyond that. The melodies and instrumentation just didn't stand out much. This song feels much more melodic. But I'm also a huge fan of White Crosses, so I'm sure my perspective isn't shared by many.
     
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  21. Furman

    Newbie

    Still can't hear Crash. Weird
     
  22. House Of Wolves

    Regular

    I'm with ya. It's a tight record, but it doesn't really connect with me. I'm not getting the "hell yeah, new Against Me!" feeling from these songs either. We'll see.
     
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  23. Rico Suave

    Newbie

    This song comes across as a filler track. Not terrible...but certainly not worth the praise shown here either at all.

    However, I am sure that I will dig this album like everything else they have released.
     
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  24. Dan O'Neill

    Regular

    Neither can I. That song never appeared as available for me. :(