LAURA JANE GRACE – ” Stay Alive “

Posted: October 1, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Laura Jane Grace – Stay Alive LP/CD

The one and only Laura Jane Grace (Against Me! Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers) has signed with us and announced her incredible new solo record “Stay Alive” streaming everywhere right now!

There’s so much we want to tell you about the record, but listen now and read what Laura herself has to say…

A short note from Laura Jane…“Hi, my name is Laura Jane Grace. This is my album. This album is about staying alive. Stay alive. Don’t die. Work hard. Fight back.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Laura Jane Grace had a panic attack, quit smoking weed, and decided to put out a record. Thursday, she dropped Stay Alive with little warning or preamble —  a raw, unedited missive from lockdown.

“I just wanted to make a record and I wanted to make a record that was the antithesis of a Zoom call,” she says. “I wanted to record all analogue. I didn’t want to make any edits. I wanted to make something that matters from this period of time because all that shit like livestreams … I don’t mean to bash them, but they don’t create anything lasting, you know?”

This album is an entirely analogue recording. No computers were involved in the making of this album. These recordings were not edited together, these songs are documented performances. This album was written and recorded in Chicago, Illinois. I recorded this album with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio on the two days after the full moon of July 5th, 2020. The album was mixed in another two days time. Steve and I were the only two people in the studio. We both wore face masks and stayed 6 feet apart at all times. I only took my face mask off while singing. Please wear a face mask.

There are songs on this album about haunted swimming pools and burning churches. There are songs about mountains. There are songs about astral seas and dry lakes. There are songs about drinking espressos and eating croissants at the Bora Bora beach club in Marbella, Spain. There are songs about dirty rivers that smell like pee in Glasgow, Scotland. There are songs about Nelson Algren’s Neon Jungle and Simone de Beauvoir’s Mandarines. There are songs about petrified polymorphs and blood and thunder and LSD and laying on the grave of the Marchesa Luisa Casati while day dreaming of fabulous parties thrown 100 years ago and how the world has fallen apart before and how it is falling apart now and how if we’re lucky it will fall apart again someday long from now too. There are songs about all of that and more but really this record is about staying alive. Stay alive. Don’t die. Thank you for listening to my record. –LJG

Grace worked feverishly with Albini on the record; mostly masked, the two never saw each other’s faces. The producer’s reluctance to try too many takes suited Grace fine since she didn’t want anything to sound too over-cooked. The result is a fast-paced 14-song record with the fist-pumping old-school bravado of Against Me! (“So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Fuck Off”) mixed with almost painfully beautiful imagery (“The Swimming Pool Song,” in which Grace describes herself as a haunted pool).

Laura Jane Grace knocks it out of the park with this unexpected solo effort, in a time which we need artists like her. Even though I’ve been listening to her music for years I still find something refreshing in it, such as the track “Ice Cream Song” which has a twing of modern broadway, as well as the demo aesthetic of midi drums and intriguing vocal mastering on “So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, fuck off”. A definitive quarantine classic!

PS: this may technically be my first proper solo record but I can’t even tell anymore PSS: if at any point you refer to this album as an “acoustic album” my 6 string strumming ghost will haunt 10 generations of your family every night of their lives with bedroom busking from 11PM to 6AM 🙂 ”

As you’re frantically hitting that link, be sure to pre-order your physical copy on a limited UK/EU Starburst (Black/Blue/Purple) vinyl variant as well as black LP/CD and an exclusive t-shirt too.

Laura Jane Grace’s new album, Stay Alive, is available December 11th, 2020.

Laura Jane Grace

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