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05 Sep
2012

By Malvina Rincón

FYF Fest took place over Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles. It was two days of eclectic music in the sun in one of the most musically gifted cities in the country. Despite ironic clothing choices (i.e. Hawaiian shirts) paired with equally ironic dance moves (i.e. The Running Man) from some hipsters, the audience was diverse and as warm as the weather. The DYI spirit of the festival, which has been running since 2004, did not go unnoticed as the line-up reflected how non-mainstream bands are still capable of forming interest for their music and creating legitimate fanbases. There was something for everybody and room for discovery as the following shows a sampling of what the weekend had to offer.

Day 2


(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Aesop Rock

On the last day of FYF Fest, a large crowd gathered around the Hill St. stage for Aesop Rock. A hip-hop act at a primarily indie music event is almost always seen as one of two things – a breath of fresh air or a novelty act. Unfortunately for Aesop Rock, L.A. is a smoggy city and fresh air is hard to come by. The beats were catchy enough and the rhymes weren’t half bad. Yet, it all seemed too gimmicky. When you start playing games with your audience from the stage, such as “What‘s your favorite letter?” and “Let’s bring out this guy and cut his hair as we rap”, there is something other than the music that the audience is made to focus on. Perhaps it’s necessary because without the games, the audience might actually realize that they should have opted for another stage.


(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Converge

The heavy metal/hardcore band veterans, Converge, seemed to please the audience at one of the smaller stages at the festival. Their bass-heavy songs had heads banging throughout their set. Main singer, Jacob Bannon has a kinetic energy. He runs from one end of the stage to the other before delivering intense vocals which impressed those in attendance. The rest of the band could not equal Bannon’s energy, yet they were literally bouncing on the stage, which fed into the audience’s energy. Surely this is a good thing.


(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Against Me!

It’s always a good sign when people are literally running to a stage to see a band. I found myself doing the same as I heard the catchy beat of Against Me!’s “Don’t Lose Touch” getting louder as I neared the stage. I would like to think that it wasn’t because everybody wanted to see what the band looked like now that main singer Tommy Gabel is Laura Jane Grace, but I’m sure there were more than a few curious in the crowd.

As if reading the audience’s mind, Grace went into a new song, “True Trans Soul Rebel” that will be on the new Against Me! album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The lyrics are telling as Grace sings “You should’ve been a mother/You should’ve been a wife/You should’ve been gone from here years ago/You should be living a different life.” It’s a testament to Grace’s personal lyrics and powerful delivery. The dedicated Against Me! fans embraced the new songs the same as old classics like “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong”, which meant crowd surfing prevailed during the band’s set. The screens on either side of the stage showed the fans singing along to every single word of every song as they surfed on a wave of hands. It was a heart-warming to see Grace smile on as she witnessed that sight.


(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Paul Banks

Dressed all in black, Paul Banks took the stage in one of the smaller stages at the FYF Fest. As the main singer of Interpol, it would be expected that a large stage and larger crowd would be expected. Yet, neither was the case. The crowd was a mix of people who were obviously dedicated Interpol/Paul Banks fans and those just interested in seeing what Banks outside of Interpol would sound like. There shouldn’t have been much of a surprise, since he sounds a lot like the main singer from Interpol.

Guitar in hand, Banks was confident on stage as he was backed by a talented band that brought out a much clearer energy to the songs from his debut solo album as Julian Plenti. He also treated the audience to new songs – “I’ll Sue You”, “Paid for That”, “Arise Awake”, “Over My Shoulder”, and “Young Again”. The music is broody with a hint of contentment, which was visible in the slight smiles he would give the audience. Perhaps it was the beautiful summer night that made Banks’ disposition so cheery, but for the audience, his velvety voice on set closer “Summertime is Coming” is what made the summer night majestic.


(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Yeasayer

The Brooklyn-based band has a plethora of categories in which their music can be placed, but the audience at the main stage on Sunday at FYF Fest didn’t seem too bothered. As soon as the group hit the stage, the crowd started dancing. Taking from their past and most recent albums, Yeasayer has an interesting selection to choose from to make a setlist. Main singer, Chris Keating’s vocals can range from poppy to soulful and the same can be said for the musical arrangements, as different musical genres can be found within one song. Switching vocal duties with guitarist, Anand Wilder also made for a nice change as Wilder’s vocals made some songs dreamy and added to the eclectic nature of the band’s set.

Going with the summer theme of some of the bands, Yeasayer was not left behind. The band’s “Wait for the Summer” proved to be the ultimate crowd pleaser, as it elicited big cheers from the audience. The mix of Middle Eastern and Latin rhythms with a psychedelic twist sounded much bigger in a live setting than on their debut album. The smile on singer, Chris Keating’s face could not have been wider as he continuously declared his love for Los Angeles. Before the night was over, he confessed his love once more and, perhaps swayed by the audience’s reception, he declared a love so strong for the city that he confessed to deciding to move soon. Wow, so I guess Yeasayer really is that into you L.A.


(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Beirut

Something must be said for a festival that makes Beirut a headliner on the last day of said festival. The guys from the band may not have even believed it themselves when asked, but such are the beautiful, eclectic workings of FYF Fest. A band like Beirut, with their melodic influence on the music scene, would not be the obvious pick for a festival to end their weekend. Most festivals aim for a big, pompous ending. Yet, this choice suited the festival perfectly and it worked like a charm.

As main singer Zach Condon took the stage and greeted the crowd, he was met with genuine cheers and the band went straight into the perfectly lovely “Santa Fe” from the band’s last album The Rip Tide. As Condon sang in his innocence-tinged voice, the lyrics could have easily been switched from Santa Fe to L.A. It seemed like a homecoming of sorts. Even though Condon’s music is very much rooted in New Mexican and gypsy influences, the L.A. audience connected with it in a very real way. I overheard a guy telling his friend “How does everybody know the words?” I wanted to turn around and tell him that not everybody knew them… but they did know them, even if they didn’t know them before. Something about the subtle way the horns come in and fill the night air as Condon sings “Well it’s been a long time, long time now” on “Nantes” made everything seem so possible, like knowing songs you didn’t know you knew before.

Beirut’s set also proved to be a first as I had never experienced an audience cheering as a tuba comes on stage (as carried by band member Ben Lanz). That’s an incredible accomplishment in itself. Making the tuba an instrument worthy of admiration is a testament to Beirut’s talent. The set consisted mostly of material that utilized the horns as the main instruments. Yet, a welcomed surprise came in “My Night with the Prostitute from Marseilles” as it broke up the setlist with something that had people, including Condon, dancing before heading into the last song, “The Gulag Orkestar”, which showcased the gypsy influence in Beirut’s music. When the set came to an end, Lanz addressed the audience and expressed something everybody that weekend was thinking: “You’re so lucky to have this festival. It’s awesome.”

Until next year FYF Fest.

09 Jul
2012

Against Me! is excited to announce their upcoming Fall West coast headline tour. Beginning after their appearance at this year’s Fuck Yeah Fest at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, September 2, the tour will begin at Ace of Spades the following evening in Sacramento, CA, on Monday, September 3. The tour will take in a week of dates, visiting Portland, OR, for MusicfestNW on September 5th, Seattle, WA, on the 6th, San Luis Obispo, CA, on the 8th and Santa Cruz, CA, on the 9th. Joining Against Me! on these West coast dates will be special guests Andrew Jackson Jihad and Joyce Manor. Additionally, the band is confirmed for an appearance at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX, from November 2-4.

After recently completing a North American support tour for hard rock icons The Cult, Against Me! are currently continuing work on the follow-up to their fifth studio album, White Crosses, at frontwoman Laura Jane Grace’s Total Treble Studio in Florida. The new album will be the band’s first official full-length release following the 28-track expanded reissue, White Crosses/Black Crosses, on their own Total Treble Music label.

Against Me! will be making the following appearances in the Fall. Tour dates below.

SEPTEMBER
02 – Los Angeles, CA – Fuck Yeah Fest (LA State Historic Park)
03 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades *
05 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater (MusicfestNW ) *
06 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
08 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co. *
09 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst *

NOVEMBER
02 – 04 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest (Auditorium Shores)

* = w/ Andrew Jackson Jihad, Joyce Manor

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11 Jun
2012

By Michel Dussack

The day before Against Me! supported The Cult at Terminal 5, singer Laura Jane Grace tweeted “Anyone thinking that the Terminal 5 show in NYC tomorrow might not be worth it I PROMISE that you are mistaken. Do not miss this show!” She wasn’t kidding.

For anyone living under a rock, in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, Laura (formerly Tom Gabel) revealed that she had been struggling with transgender dysphoria his entire life, and would now begin to embrace who she really was. I’m pleased to report that hormone therapy has not affected her singing in the slightest. The band delivered a 40 minute set filled with older material, while also playing several songs from their upcoming album. They kicked the night off with two new songs – ‘True Trans Soul Rebel’ and ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ which the crowd loved.

Next up was an older song, ‘Don’t Lose Touch’, and from that point it was easy to spot which members of the audience came to see Against Me! and which came to see The Cult. Fans started to jump up and down, push towards the front, and at several points, small but energetic mosh pits broke out in the crowd. Standouts from their excellent last album White Crosses followed including the singles ‘I Was a Teenage Anarchist’ and ‘White Crosses’. A couple of other new songs popped up in the set respectively entitled ‘Dead Friends’ and ‘Black Me Out’.

‘Black Me Out’ in particular stood out among the new songs. It started off slow, with just a soft guitar and Laura’s vocals, before the entire band joined in amid lyrics about chopping rings off ‘fat fucking fingers’ and pissing on walls of houses. It was classic Against Me! in the best way possible.

Towards the end of the set however, is when the true highlight of the set revealed itself. Laura welcomed the legendary Joan Jett to the stage and together they performed a cover of The Replacement’s ‘Androgynous’. Additionally, ‘The Ocean’ got a rapturous applause when Laura sang the lyrics “If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman; my mother once told me she would have named me Laura”. Towards the end of their set, classics such as ‘Pints of Guinness Make You Strong’ and ‘Sink, Florida, Sink’ sparked waves of crowd surfers before the band thanked the crowd one last time and walked off stage.

04 Apr
2012

Venerable rock band The Cult will hit the pavement hard this summer with the first leg of its 2012 North American tour. The 20-date trek is set to kick off on Friday, May 25 in San Diego, CA bringing the band’s incendiary rock energy to major and secondary markets across the continent. In addition, the tour will include headline dates at the Great Canadian Beaverfest in Windsor, ON, and at Buffalo, NY’s Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf Concert Series (see dates below). For most of the dates, The Cult will be supported by Against Me! and The Icarus Line. Ticket on-sales begin later this week; log onto http://thecult.us/main/shows/ for all details and to purchase tickets.

“This is going to be a very intense, high-energy tour,” said The Cult’s vocalist, Ian Astbury. “We are really looking forward to the time we spend on stage connected to our music and our audience. That’s our purpose.”

The Cult – Astbury, Billy Duffy, called one of the post-punk era’s greatest guitarists, Chris Wyse on bass, drummer John Tempesta, and touring member Mike Dimkich on rhythm guitar – is touring in support of Choice of Weapon, the band’s first new studio album in five years, due out May 22 (Cooking Vinyl). Featuring The Cult’s signature sounds of Astbury’s vocals and Duffy’s guitar, the album was produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E. Masters of Reality) and Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush, The Cult’s Sonic Temple), recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert and the band’s Witch Mountain studio between July and December 2011, and written by Astbury and Duffy.

Early praise for the record came from the Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner who wrote that Choice of Weapon “feels like the work of the cosmically inclined outfit responsible for such durable records as 1985′s Love, 1987′s Electric and 1989′s smash hit Sonic Temple than anything the band has done in years.” And, from Rock’s Back Pages: “…a sea
ring blend of cleanly distorted guitars, pummeling rhythm, and lyrics that channel an inner landscape reflective of a personal journey and descriptive of the state of the world, simultaneously.”

“When we were writing and recording ‘Choice of Weapon,’” explained Astbury, “we had no agenda, there was no particular destination, no place to be, and no chart position to aim for. We took our time, we went in, we grabbed the jewels, and stayed focused on keeping everything as fresh and as raw as possible. The new songs are a sharpened and heightened extension of everything we have ever done.”

Choice of Weapon reflects the survival in today’s volatile world where the sense of entitlement is growing, where we are constantly bombarded by “ones and zeros,” and where the “have-nots” increase on a daily basis. The album poses the questions, “how do we survive and still keep our integrity and humanity? What weapons do we choose to insure a sane future for ourselves and our children, and not de-evolve into a ‘Hunger Games’ scenario?”

On these North American dates, The Cult will play many of their classics as well as introduce fans to some of their new songs, including “Lucifer” – not a song about the devil, but a reference to the morning star, the idea of a journey through darkness and decadence to find the road to wisdom – “Honey From a Knife” – based on the Buddhist teaching about the seductiveness of addiction – and “For The Animals,” the first official single from Choice of Weapon. “For The Animals” asserts the rising tensions, the rage and hostility of the growing group of disenfranchised youth in our society.

“Again, we find ourselves with our backs against the wall,” Astbury continued, “and we like that, we like being outside the perimeter. We’re the long shot, so place your bet on us.”

Confirmed dates for The Cult’s 2012 North American tour are as follows:

MAY
25 San Diego, CA – Humphreys By the Bay
26 Las Vegas, NV – M Resort
27 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
30 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

JUNE
1 Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
2 Windsor, ON – Great Canadian Beaverfest, Riverfront Festival Plaza
3 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Indoor Stage
5 Boston, MA – House of Blues
7 Buffalo, NY – Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf
8 New York, NY – Terminal 5
9 Hampton Beach, NH – Ballroom
10 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12 Washington, D.C. – The Fillmore
13 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
15 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
16 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
17 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
19 Houston, TX – House of Blues
20 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
22 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

16 Aug
2011

Check out the newest installment of the A.V. Club’s popular “Undercover” series featuring Gainesville’s Against Me! performing “Janie Jones.”

Against Me! crammed into the A.V. Club’s infamous circular room back in June during their previous US headline tour to take a crack at the classic from The Clash’s “The Only Band That Matters.” Watch the performance below.

White Crosses reissue 2xCD/digital out now, 3xLP out August 30

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Against Me! covers The Clash

26 Jul
2011

Gainesville, FL’s Against Me! are proud to announce the re-release of White Crosses, the band’s fifth full-length studio album. Released today digitally though the band’s very own Total Treble Music, the album, which was originally released by Sire Records on June 7, 2010, is now presented in two parts, White Crosses and Black Crosses, and is available through all digital retailers now.

This reissue is a 28-track collection that includes the original 10-song album with four bonus tracks, all produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder. The second half, Black Crosses, is a collection of alternate versions and unreleased songs. Of the 14 self-produced Black Crosses songs, nine were recorded with drummer Warren Oakes at Goldentone Studios in Gainesville, FL, shortly before he departed the band in Spring 2009. The other five acoustic songs were recorded at Crescendo Studios, also in Gainesville, in early 2010. Both the 3xLP vinyl and 2xCD versions of this release are presented in their originally intended packaging created by Steak Mtn., including a 32-page lyric and art booklet. Both 2xCD (available August 9) and 3xLP (available August 30) White Crosses reissue formats and bundles can be pre-ordered through Total Treble online now.

Additionally, the band recently released the music video for their new single “Because of the Shame.” Directed by Jason Thrasher, the video is the band’s personal and lively homage to Common Grounds, a Gainesville, FL, mainstay that recently closed its doors after 15 years of serving both the local and nationally touring music community. Check out “Because of the Shame” HERE .

Currently, Against Me! are performing as part of the Vans Warped Tour and will continue their summer 2011 run tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27, at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, VA. On June 14, the band released “Russian Spies”/”Occult Enemies,” a two-song offering recorded with new drummer Jay Weinberg at the recently closed Smart Studios in Madison, WI. The band will be completing their summer with a string of shows opening for blink-182 in Western Canada, after which they will perform a number of European headline dates as well as select dates with Frank Turner in the UK. After November, the band will begin preparing to record their sixth full-length album to be released on their own Total Treble Music.

White Crosses track listing:
01. White Crosses
02. I Was A Teenage Anarchist
03. Because Of The Shame
04. Suffocation
05. We’re Breaking Up
06. High Pressure Low
07. Ache With Me
08. Spanish Moss
09. Rapid Decompression
10. Bamboo Bones
11. Lehigh Acres
12. Bob Dylan Dream
13. One By One
14. Bitter Divisions

Black Crosses track listing:
01. White Crosses (Goldentone Studio Version)
02. I Was A Teenage Anarchist (Acoustic Version)
03. Because Of The Shame (Acoustic Version)
04. The Western World (Goldentone Studio Version)
05. Strip Mall Parking Lots (Goldentone Studio Version)
06. High Pressure Low (Acoustic Version)
07. Hot Shots (Goldentone Studio Version)
08. Spanish Moss (Goldentone Studio Version)
09. Rapid Decompression (Goldentone Studio Version)
10. Soul Surrender (Goldentone Studio Version)
11. Lehigh Acres (Goldentone Studio Version)
12. David Johansen’s Soul (Acoustic Version)
13. One By One (Acoustic Version)
14. Bitter Divisions (Goldentone Studio Version)

Upcoming tour dates:

JULY
27 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
28 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
29 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds #
30 – Miami, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre #
31 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park #

AUGUST
01 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre #
02 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center #
03 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
04 – Omaha, NE – Westfair Amphitheatre #
05 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field #
06 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairgrounds #
07 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion #
09 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Amphitheatre #
10 – Los Angeles, CA – Home Depot Center #
11 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater #
12 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater #
13 – Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre #
14 – Portland, OR – Washington County Fairgrounds #
16 – Casper, WY – The Venue
19 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
20 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club (Best Friends Day Festival)
22 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
24 – Thunder Bay, ON – Kilroy’s
25 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center *
26 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre *
27 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place *
28 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome *
30 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre *
31 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena (w/ blink-182, Rancid, My Chemical Romance)

OCTOBER
28-30 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest

NOVEMBER
03 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie ^
04 – Trier, Germany – Ex-Haus ^
05 – Aarschot, Belgium – JC De Klinker ^
06 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Zakk ^
07 – Zurich, Switzerland – Abart ^
09 – Vienna, Austria – WuK ^
10 – Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse ^
11 – Mezzago, Italy – Bloom (Rock Your Weekend Festival)
13 – Tillburg, Holland – 013 ^
14 – Hannover, Germany – Faust ^
15 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust ^
16 – Munster, Germany – Skaters Palace ^
18 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Cockpit ^
19 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Rescue Rooms ^
20 – Southampton, United Kingdom – Talking Heads ^
21 – Norwich, United Kingdom – Arts Centre ^
22 – Bournemouth, United Kingdom – O2 Academy &
23 – Newport, United Kingdom – Centre &
24 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – Academy &
25 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Barrowlands &
26 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Apollo &
27 – London, United Kingdom – Hammersmith Apollo &
28 – Kingston, United Kingdom – The Peel ^

# = 2011 Vans Warped Tour
* = w/ blink-182 and Rancid
^ = w/ Crazy Arms
& = w/ Frank Turner

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11 Jul
2011

Against Me! is excited to announce the release of their music video for their new single “Because Of The Shame.” Directed by Jason Thrasher, the video is the band’s personal and lively homage to Common Grounds, a Gainesville, FL, mainstay that recently closed its doors after 15 years of serving both the local and nationally touring music community. Check out the new music video below.

“BECAUSE OF THE SHAME” MUSIC VIDEO (or scroll down)

In addition to the new music video, the band recently announced the re-release of their fifth full-length album, White Crosses. Originally released by Sire Records on June 7, 2010 and presented now in two parts, White Crosses and Black Crosses, the reissue will be the first release on the band’s newly launched record label, Total Treble Music.

This reissue is a 28-track collection that includes the original 10-song album with four bonus tracks, all produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder. The second half, Black Crosses, is a collection of alternate versions and unreleased songs. Of the 14 self-produced Black Crosses songs, nine were recorded with drummer Warren Oakes at Goldentone Studios in Gainesville, FL, shortly before he departed the band in spring 2009. The other five acoustic songs were recorded at Crescendo Studios, also in Gainesville, in early 2010. Both the 3xLP vinyl and 2xCD versions of this release are presented in their originally intended packaging created by Steak Mtn., including a 32-page lyric and art booklet. Preorder for both 2xCD and 3xLP White Crosses reissue formats can be purchased through Total Treble online (http://www.totaltreble.com).

Currently, Against Me! are performing as part of the Vans Warped Tour and will continue their summer 2011 run on July 27 at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, VA. On June 14, the band released “Russian Spies”/”Occult Enemies,” a two-song offering recorded with new drummer Jay Weinberg at the recently closed Smart Studios in Madison, WI. The band will be completing their summer with a string of shows opening for blink-182, after which they will begin preparing to record their sixth full-length album to be released on their own Total Treble Music.

White Crosses tracklisting:

01. White Crosses
02. I Was A Teenage Anarchist
03. Because Of The Shame
04. Suffocation
05. We’re Breaking Up
06. High Pressure Low
07. Ache With Me
08. Spanish Moss
09. Rapid Decompression
10. Bamboo Bones
11. Lehigh Acres
12. Bob Dylan Dream
13. One By One
14. Bitter Divisions

Black Crosses tracklisting:

01. White Crosses (Goldentone Studio Version)
02. I Was A Teenage Anarchist (Acoustic Version)
03. Because Of The Shame (Acoustic Version)
04. The Western World (Goldentone Studio Version)
05. Strip Mall Parking Lots (Goldentone Studio Version)
06. High Pressure Low (Acoustic Version)
07. Hot Shots (Goldentone Studio Version)
08. Spanish Moss (Goldentone Studio Version)
09. Rapid Decompression (Goldentone Studio Version)
10. Soul Surrender (Goldentone Studio Version)
11. Lehigh Acres (Goldentone Studio Version)
12. David Johansen’s Soul (Acoustic Version)
13. One By One (Acoustic Version)
14. Bitter Divisions (Goldentone Studio Version)

20 Jun
2011

Against Me! is excited to announce the re-release of their fifth full-length album, White Crosses. Originally released by Sire Records on June 7, 2010 and presented now in two parts, White Crosses and Black Crosses, the reissue will be the first release on the band’s newly launched record label, Total Treble Music.

This reissue is a 28-track collection that includes the original 10-song album with four bonus tracks, all produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder. The second half, Black Crosses, is a collection of alternate versions and unreleased songs. Of the 14 self-produced Black Crosses songs, nine were recorded with drummer Warren Oakes at Goldentone Studios in Gainesville, FL, shortly before he departed the band in Spring 2009. The other five acoustic songs were recorded at Crescendo Studios, also in Gainesville, in early 2010. Both the 3xLP vinyl and 2xCD versions of this release are presented in their originally intended packaging created by Steak Mtn., including a 32-page lyric and art booklet.

Against Me! are currently finishing up an East Coast US headlining run with Screaming Females and Lemuria, and will be performing their third stint on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour this Summer. On June 14, the band released “Russian Spies”/”Occult Enemies,” a two-song offering recorded with new drummer Jay Weinberg at the recently closed Smart Studios in Madison, WI. The band will be completing their Summer with a string of shows opening for blink-182, after which they will begin preparing to record their sixth full-length album to be released on their own Total Treble Music.

White Crosses tracklisting:

01. White Crosses
02. I Was A Teenage Anarchist
03. Because Of The Shame
04. Suffocation
05. We’re Breaking Up
06. High Pressure Low
07. Ache With Me
08. Spanish Moss
09. Rapid Decompression
10. Bamboo Bones
11. Lehigh Acres
12. Bob Dylan Dream
13. One By One
14. Bitter Divisions

Black Crosses tracklisting:

01. White Crosses (Goldentone Studio Version)
02. I Was A Teenage Anarchist (Acoustic Version)
03. Because Of The Shame (Acoustic Version)
04. The Western World (Goldentone Studio Version)
05. Strip Mall Parking Lots (Goldentone Studio Version)
06. High Pressure Low (Acoustic Version)
07. Hot Shots (Goldentone Studio Version)
08. Spanish Moss (Goldentone Studio Version)
09. Rapid Decompression (Goldentone Studio Version)
10. Soul Surrender (Goldentone Studio Version)
11. Lehigh Acres (Goldentone Studio Version)
12. David Johansen’s Soul (Acoustic Version)
13. One By One (Acoustic Version)
14. Bitter Divisions (Goldentone Studio Version)

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14 Jun
2011

Gainesville’s Against Me! is excited to announce the release of its brand new, two-song digital/7″. Out today via Sabot Productions and available through iTunes and Total Treble mailorder, “Russian Spies”/”Occult Enemies” was recorded at the storied Smart Studios in Madison, WI, prior to its closing and is the first recording to feature the band’s explosive new drummer Jay Weinberg. The track “Russian Spies” can be streamed through front man Tom Gabel’s blog now and can be purchased digitally through iTunes HERE and physically through Total Treble HERE.

In addition to the release of the new 7″, Against Me! recently announced the formation of their own record label, Total Treble Music. Within the US and Canada, the label will be distributed via RED/MRI and will be the home of all future Against Me! releases. Having spent their career on both major and independent labels of varying sizes, the creation of Total Treble Music will afford the band full control of their creative and professional destiny moving forward. The band hopes to partner with other labels for the rest of the world for future releases.

Currently the band is on their June US headline tour that recently began in Millvale, PA, on Monday, May 31. Touring with supporting acts Screaming Females and Lemuria, the three-week tour is continuing to hit a number of major markets across a large portion of the country and will culminate in a performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, on June 21. Immediately following the headline tour, the band will be performing as part of this year’s Vans Warped Tour through August. Additionally, the band will be performing a number of dates supporting blink-182 and Rancid in Canada from August 25-31. Tickets for the current headline tour can be purchased through the band’s Web site: http://www.againstme.net/events

Tour dates below:

JUNE
14 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues *
15 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall *
16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection *
17 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
18 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave *
20 – Fargo, ND – The Venue *
21 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion #
25 – Houston, TX – Showgrounds at Sam Houston #
26 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center #
29 – Las Cruces, NM – NMSU Intramural Field #
30 – Las Vegas, NV – Union Plaza Parking Lot #

JULY
01 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex #
02 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre #
03 – Ventura, CA – Seaside Park #
06 – Kansas City, MO – Sandstone Amphitheatre #
07 – Indianapolis, IA – Verizon Wireless Music Center #
27 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
28 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
29 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds #
30 – Miami, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre #
31 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park #

AUGUST
01 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre #
02 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center #
03 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
04 – Omaha, NE – Westfair Amphitheatre #
05 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field #
06 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairgrounds #
07 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion #
09 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Amphitheatre #
10 – Los Angeles, CA – Home Depot Center #
11 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater #
12 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater #
13 – Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre #
14 – Portland, OR – Washington County Fairgrounds #
19 – Richmond, VA – Best Friends Day Festival at The Canal Club
25 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center &
26 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre &
27 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place &
28 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome &
30 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre &
31 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena (w/ blink-182, Rancid, My Chemical Romance)

OCTOBER
28-30 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest

* = w/ Screaming Females and Lemuria
# = 2011 Vans Warped Tour
& = w/ blink-182 and Rancid

06 Jun
2011

Since reaching an “amicable split” from Sire Records, Against Me! have been on a mission to make music the way they want it and get their fans back. Everyone should be happy now since the band will release their next album on their own record label Total Treble Music.

The band played the B.O.M.B. Fest on Sunday May 29th (with a different lineup than the last time they were in Connecticut) and our photographers Jennifer Murtha and Phil DeSimone both of FromThePhotoPit.com were there to capture the action. Check out their photos below: