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Against Me!’s 2014 album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, damn near killed frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. Written and recorded as she was beginning her gender transition and dealing with the struggles that came with it—taxing hormone treatment, invasive therapist sessions, and crumbling personal relationships—the album took a physical toll as she fought to maintain her sanity. The result was a primal scream of a record that will undoubtedly go down as one of the most important punk records of all time. Two years later, Grace is still trying to find her place as a woman in the world but is not the wound-up ball of anxiety and raging hormones she once was. Shape Shift With Me sees Grace starting a new life and discovering all the experiences that come with it—dating, friendships, and body image. And while there is still plenty of classic Grace-ian existential darkness here, there are also the occasional flashes of—gasp—excitement and optimism. Shape Shift With Me is the album where Laura Jane Grace got back on track, or, more accurately, found a new one.

The transformation of Against Me! lead singer Tom Gabel into Laura Jane Grace was the single most fascinating story of 2012 in rock music, bar none. On this acoustic teaser for 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, we are given our first proper insight into Laura’s struggles with identity. With barely more than a guitar guiding her words, we hear of regrets and distress delivered with palpable honesty. It resonates brilliantly in such a stripped-back format – and, admittedly, it doesn’t hurt that the track itself is catchy as anything that blew up pop radio this year. This is going to be a hell of an album. .

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In the midst of an extended tour with Green Day and behind last year’s “Shape Shift With Me” , Against Me! have shared a new video for the single “Haunting, Haunted, Haunts.” Directed by Margherita Ballarin, the video twists Laura Jane Grace’s lyrics on loneliness into a fractal collage of kaleidoscopic animation.

Last year, Laura Jane Grace released the memoir “Tranny Confessions Of Punk Rocks Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout” , which chronicled the challenges of coming out as transgender in the punk and hardcore community at age 32.

Haunting, Haunted, Haunts ,  Directed by Margherita Ballarin

Longtime fans have been left somewhat disconcerted by Laura Jane Grace’s shift from hard-edged punk to a more melodic classic-sounding rock ‘n’ roll, but come on, the clue’s right there in the album title! Every artist evolves over the course of their career (well, the best ones do, anyway) and Grace’s muse is clearly taking her in different directions to where it’s gone in the past — hardly surprising, perhaps, given the degree to which her life has changed in recent years. And shit, maybe she’s just happier these days? Good! (Also, the video above was directed by Ione Skye!)

Taken from the brand new full-length record titled Shape Shift With Me that’ll be released on our own label, Total Treble, on Friday, September 16th! Written over the past couple of years while on tour, the new album is a collaborative effort that the four of us are extremely excited to share with you. In advance, we offer you the track “333”

Members: Laura Jane Grace – Guitar/Vocals James Bowman – Guitar/Vocals Atom Willard – Drums Inge Johansson – Bass

Against Me! have announced a UK tour this December, visiting Birmingham, Manchester, London, Glasgow, Bristol and Nottingham.

The tour will follow the release of the band’s new album, ‘Shape Shift With Me’, a loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, due for release on 16th September 2016.

Against Me! will release their seventh studio album, “Shape Shift With Me”, on September 16th via Total Treble. The 12-track LP, which follows 2011’s acclaimed Transgender Dysphoria Blues, features new single “333,” which the band debuted last year onstage. “All the devils that you don’t know can all come along for the ride,” frontwoman Laura Jane Grace screams over anthemic distortion. “I want to be as close as I can get to you.”

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A press release describes the Marc Jacob Hudson-produced Shape Shift With Me as a “loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator.”
“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.
“Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?” she continues. “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.”
The band has also announced a round of North American tour dates, including headlining shows and appearances with Bad Religion and Dave Hause.
Drummer Atom Willard will make nightly guest musician appearances on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Grace also recently announced her memoir, TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, out November 15th via Hachette Books.

Are The sounds of the Late 70s/Early 80s Back: I sure hope so. Laura Jane Grace and crew have crafted a power-pop hit that wouldn’t sound out of place next to The Cars.

“Shape Shift With Me” is out September 16th on Total Treble Music