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Contest: Against Me! (closed)

posted January 27, 2014, 1:01 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

One of rock’s most talked about groups is back! And writer John Carlo has the goods. Scroll below and find out how to get a free autographed copy of Against Me! “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

Review written by staff writer John Carlo

American Punk Rock fans everywhere await Against Me!’s January 21st release of Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1997, AM! has rocked shows in every state of the U.S. and has toured several countries. Lead singer and guitarist Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) has a powerhouse of a voice to compliment the kick-ass band, currently consisting of: James Bowman – Guitar/Vocals , Atom Willard – Drums, and Inge Johansson – Bass.

The album opens up with its title song. Some punk-rock goodness with its drum rolls, bass, gritty electric guitars, and Grace’s voice blasting over all of it. “True Trans Soul Rebel” follows and is a bit catchier, while “Dead Friend” manages to successfully juxtapose heartfelt reminiscence with irreverence. Another proof to Grace’s lyrical talent and poetic sensibilities.

Tempos vary throughout the record but most of the songs keep the energy high. That said, “Two Coffins” was definitely my favorite on here. First off, it was the one song that broke away from the rest of the album’s high-powered adrenaline music, and it also reminded me of AM!’s acoustic versions of songs from albums past (which, by the way, I highly recommend anyone to get their virtual hands on). “Two Coffins” is a ballad that shows both artistry and versatility.

Since The Rolling Stone article in May of 2012 where Tom Gable publicly revealed she is transgender, this concept album serves as a sort of capstone to that revelation. A mark of a new beginning. There is definitely a message, but you don’t feel at any time you’re being preached to. You’re too busy rocking out the whole time.

All in all, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is another solid album to add to AM!’s growing repertoire. It’s deeply personal, simultaneously overt and subtle like all good art, and energetic to the point of wanting to punch something (or someone) and then piss on the walls of their house. Listen to the album and you’ll get, not only that last reference, but a whole lot of good music as well.


-Simply Facebook or Tweet to us the name of your favorite Against Me! song using the hashtag #AMBlues

Each winner will receive:
-Autographed copy of “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”
*We will select and notify two winners by Monday, February 4, 2014


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