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Against Me!

Against Me!: True Trans [EP]True Trans [EP] (2013)
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Against Me! has always been big around the ??Org, and constantly in the news stream around these parts. I'll save the long intro and get right to it, this acoustic single True Trans, a precursor to their long awaited new full-length Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

"FuckMyLife666" starts with strummed acoustic, capo up high on the neck, and Laura Jane Grace singing in her trademark croon with a little less grit to fit the acoustic setting. The lyrics are deep, honest feelings about her true identity finally coming to light after a lifetime of confusion: "Is your mother proud of your eyelashes? / Silicon chest and collagen lips / How would you even recognize me?" It's no wonder their upcoming Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a concept album about her experiences in the last couple years–what songwriter doesn't write about huge life events? To the complainers of Grace sticking with this single topic, go listen to Dylan's Blood on The Tracks, entirely about his divorce, or NOFX's War On Errorism, nearly entirely about Bush, the war, and related topics. If something big happens to you, you would want to talk about it to.

But anyway, it's "True Trans Soul Rebel" that's the hit here. Huge singable hooks abound, like the refrain of "Who's gonna take you home tonight?" repeated, and the post-chorus of "Does God bless your transexual heart? / True trans soul rebel!", her voice smashing into a powerful high note on the last run at it. While the song has some swelling, distant electric overtones, it's mainly acoustic and lacks the full-band flourishes found in their live recordings of it (it's the first song here). I really miss the "woos" and the catchy lead guitar line, but it stands alone quite well, showcasing the lyrics.

I think I can say nearly all of us are eagerly awaiting the full album, and I am even more anxious now that this has whet my whistle.

 

 
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hbwlons4 (March 10, 2014)

great ep, highly recommended

MiddleF (July 23, 2013)

Awesome!

StraightEdgeHardcore (July 23, 2013)

Hey Skibz, we get it- you like Ska. Are all your songs going to have upstrokes, Trumpets and douchy skanking now?

chadreligion (July 22, 2013)

Hey Unwritten Law, we get it. You like to wear all black, revolve your band members, pretend to worship satan, and think it's gonna sell now...

greg0rb (July 21, 2013)

Dave wins.

davebrave4 (July 20, 2013)

Hey Buckethead, we get it--you like to put a bucket on your head. Are all you songs going to be about...fried chicken?

StraightEdgeHardcore (July 20, 2013)

Hey Agnostic Front, we get it- you come from the Hood. Are all your songs going to be about the streets, brotherhood, and New York now?

BarleyPat (July 19, 2013)

So you liked good stuff prior to listening to dad-core?

EchosMyron (July 19, 2013)

Your list of favorite albums takes me back to when I was 12.

BarleyPat (July 19, 2013)

I actually clicked on that link. It made me want to take a nap. But I bet it makes you feel really special.

EchosMyron (July 19, 2013)

This is one of those rare perfect songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVs1729HLms

greg0rb (July 19, 2013)

Just looked. FelixT. Callin' you out, bro. http://www.punknews.org/users/felixt

BarleyPat (July 19, 2013)

I don't even remember who made that comment, but it's going to haunt him...

johngentile (July 19, 2013)

Hey Slayer, we get it- you like Satan. Are all your songs going to be about demons, sacrifices, and black magic now?

BarleyPat (July 19, 2013)

Hey Less Than Jake, we get it - you like riding around the same old city streets, smoking, and talking about getting out of town for good. All your songs going to be about that now?

BarleyPat (July 19, 2013)

Hey Alkaline Trio, we get it, you like death and gothic imagery. Are all your songs going to be about coffins and vampires and blood now?

TimWithNumbers (July 19, 2013)

A nice teaser. Renews interest that may have waned waiting for the album to get re-re-recorded.

darbystrummer77 (July 19, 2013)

i liked the EP, however, 'War on Errorism' only has like 6 songs (out of 14) that are political. that's less than half, so i'd say that album is a bad example of a concept album. a more recent concept album would be Gallows 'Grey Britain'.

rob_rob (July 19, 2013)

Subtlety is not Against Me's strong suit.

BrainTrust (July 19, 2013)

good stuff. now give us an album.

MonkDave (July 19, 2013)

Anyone interested in North American transexuals could do a lot worse than signing up for one of the websites I've been working on for the last five years : http://www.shemaleyum.com

There's even a few with Crass and Dead Kennedys tattoo's in there! Trans is the new punk!

davebrave4 (July 19, 2013)

Score is for Nubs.

jvigs (July 19, 2013)

Excellent description of the EP! So like, are you gonna review it?

anytime (July 19, 2013)

fuckmylife666. the best song title.ever.

R3vengeTherapy (July 18, 2013)

Can't wait for the LP. She's always had a knack for writing awesome songs that can transition between full band and acoustic, and I bet the same will happen here.

aplomb (July 18, 2013)

Great songs.

Bring on the full length!

gettingdown (July 18, 2013)

War on Errorism: songs about Bush, war, and a chick with no arms or legs.

telegraphrocks (July 18, 2013)

T.S.R.

Can't wait for the full-length.

ak3punk (July 18, 2013)

It's fantastic. The production is great, the tunes are catchy, and it sure as hell isn't cliche' subject matter. I wasn't sure what kind of music Laura would be making after her announcement last year, but after hearing this I'm pretty stoked on whats to come.

lifebystereo (July 18, 2013)

Great songs -- both from an AM! perspective, and in terms of addressing topics that have long been missing from punk.

Josiah (July 18, 2013)

Love both songs.

A lot.

A lot, a lot.

misterspike (July 18, 2013)

"TTSR" is amazing. Truly beautiful. Can't wait for the full-length.

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