Against Me! - White People for Peace [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Against Me!

Against Me!: White People for Peace [7 inch]White People for Peace [7 inch] (2007)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Let the shit storm begin... Against Me!'s tour with Mastodon, Cursive and These Arms Are Snakes spawned the first official cut from their forthcoming Sire debut, New Wave. While "White People for Peace" has been available for some time as a live video on the band's MySpace page, it's exciting to .
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Let the shit storm begin...

Against Me!'s tour with Mastodon, Cursive and These Arms Are Snakes spawned the first official cut from their forthcoming Sire debut, New Wave. While "White People for Peace" has been available for some time as a live video on the band's MySpace page, it's exciting to hear how new material will (presumably) sound on the much-anticipated album. Backed with the non-album track "Full Sesh," White People for Peace is a real treat to any fan of the band.

But the real question remains: Is it any good?

It seems as though Against Me! has turned into an "album" band, placing a great deal of contextual importance into their songs -- at least it seemed that way with Searching for a Former Clarity. But judging these songs -- particularly the title track -- on their own merits, can't justify anything but a positive response, at least from fans of the band. "White People for Peace" isn't a surprise for anyone who has been paying attention. It's a road-tested hit in the waiting with a chorus that soars higher than anything off Clarity. A protest song about protest songs sounds like a trap waiting for any would-be lyricist, but anyone who's anyone knows that Tom Gabel has a way with words. The band and Butch Vig have managed to craft a big sound without it coming off too polished in any way.

"Full Sesh" is the exclusive track offered up on the 7". While "White People for Peace" pulls the listener in as the excitement boils over, it seems as though "Full Sesh" is continually building up to a peak that unfortunately fails to arrive at all. While the song is powerful and perfectly suited to a loud volume, it nevertheless ends up sounding somewhat hollow.

While the title track of White People for Peace is an exciting glimpse into what the band may possibly have in store for us this summer, "Full Sesh" is a decent track, yet one that was seemingly left off New Wave for perfectly good reasoning.


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ThoughtriotAF578 (August 26, 2007)

does full sesh remind anyone else of turn those clapping hands into angry balled fists?

denbez (June 19, 2007)

A way with words?

I guess writing awkward, chunky sentences that would sound silly spoken and just sound blocky as lyrics counts as "a way with words" in some sense, although not a positive one.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

I hear if you preorder New Wave, it comes with used and variously colored collectible tampons.

elephantdwarf (June 5, 2007)


I saw them at mtv hocking this and big oil!

hahahahahahah thats fucking funny and so true!

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

On Interpunk, you have the option of buying the CD, or a CD/DVD combo.

Also mentioned on Amazon, or some shit.

So, I was just wondering what would be on the DVD.

Anonymous (June 4, 2007)

where'd you hear that?

Anonymous (June 4, 2007)

There's apparently a DVD coming along with the release of New Wave. I wonder what's on it.

Anonymous (June 4, 2007)

nerd on against me dvd: "i think tom gabel doesn't sound much like tom gabel anymore"

what a geek.

baseball (June 4, 2007)

not a big fan of "White People..", chorus kind of annoys me

i like "Full Sesh" a lot though, really grew on me after a couple listens

Anonymous (June 3, 2007)

I like white people

vocalyouth (June 3, 2007)


I saw them at mtv hocking this and big oil!

Anonymous (June 3, 2007)

shit band..who cares..

Anonymous (June 3, 2007)

someone leak new wave you fucking bozos

Anonymous (June 3, 2007)

Score is for New Wave.

I've said it before, and I'll say it once again... New Wave is an extremely awesome DANCEABLE record. Great shit!

However, it's unfortunate that many people will get caught up in the bullshit of anarcho-crap, laundromat, indie-punk what-have-you.
This is just music people... they're not revolutionaries. It's a band, and they write songs. OH MY GOD!

Fuck you.


ashtraymonument (June 2, 2007)

white people for peace is incredibly catchy, and i like the chorus, which isn't great, but still fun to sing along to. full sesh leaves alot to be desired, glad it's not going to be on the record. Against Me! will continue to be my favorite band until the unlikely scenario that they go on TRL and have a "Honda Civic Tour featuring Against Me!"

video_cognito (June 2, 2007)

Coltonlloyd is kind of an idiot.

But anyways, topic at hand. I dunno... I agree with the hollow statement. It's hard listening to Against Me! because they seem like half of what they used to be, like there's this shell around them that's just keeping me from getting into what they're doing.

At least their live show is worth keeping up with them. Score's for the review.

R3venge_Therapy (June 2, 2007)

The person below me is a fucking moron. Their songs were political long before american idiot was even fucking released.

And you just bit onto a massive piece of flame-bait, dumbass.

coltonlloyd (June 2, 2007)

The person below me is a fucking moron. Their songs were political long before american idiot was even fucking released.

(score is for the 7")

video_cognito (June 2, 2007)

"Man, why is Against Me! trying to be all political, anyways? They're just poseurs and doing it because Green Day did it with American Idiot. God, this band sucks! And why are they even called 'Against Me!' when there's obviously more than one person in the band? They should be called 'Against Us!' God, what a stupid band!"

ConsequentialBanditry (June 2, 2007)

Fairly good review of the 7". Half-baked lyrics a record doesn't make. This isn't Paramore or Panic! at the Disco. Against Me! actually had a cause to stand on...but protesting protests? With lyrics like this? Fuck that. Read my review of the show in NY for more details...

Anonymous (June 2, 2007)

Score is for the bloody wank I left on your mums chest.

Anonymous (June 2, 2007)

this band has no integrity whatsoever and should just retire from playing anything prior to clarity. fuck these dudes. go back to playing late night talk shows you bloody wankers.

Anonymous (June 2, 2007)

Score is for when Tom Gabel punched my 13 year old sister for being handicapped.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

Score is for my 7-inch.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

Yeah, I really like this 7". I cant wait for the full length!

kirbypuckett (June 1, 2007)

This 7-inch and the album both rule.

- Kirby

fallingupwards84 (June 1, 2007)

Full Sesh is actually really good

and if Whole Wheat Bread released a song called "Black People For Peace" this site would be up in arms

Seth_Uber_Alles (June 1, 2007)

Full Sesh is an awesome song, as is the title track.

patthetic (June 1, 2007)

the intro to the verse sounds almost exactly like an avoid one thing song

mcgregor107 (June 1, 2007)

Listening to Up The Cuts and Ocean makes me stoked for this.. but it's a weird adjustment, mixing wise.

I can't fucking wait for the full release tour though.. the online versions mentioned above sound awesome.

niveK82 (June 1, 2007)

Thank god Full Sesh side just a bside. If it were on New Wave it would be the song I'd skip with each listen.

Am I the only one who thought AM! always sang about anarchism tongue in cheek? Also there is a difference if saying 'we only want to play basements' and 'we are content with playing basements.' As a band gets bigger it is not their choice of the general size of venues they play.

eyeslikebombs (June 1, 2007)

Um, has everyone forgotten "Justin" already?

Justin is a track that only got better every time I heard it...after the first few lines, it's pretty good.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

"...but anyone who's anyone knows that Tom Gabel has a way with words."

Um, has everyone forgotten "Justin" already?

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

I love "White People" and "Full Sesh" gets better with each listen.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

awesome song.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

i've waited so long for the full length and went through all the hype for so long that i honestly don't even care anymore.

telegraphrocks (June 1, 2007)

Score's for Against Me!. It's music, that's all brothers and sisters... great music. They're a band, they play music, and they're fucking great at it.

Score's also for their entire discography, from their itty bitty demo all the way to New Wave. I honestly can't pick my favorite release from Against Me!, and they are the ONLY band I can say that about.

I know, I know, I MUST have absolute horrendous taste in music, and I have no idea what I'm taking about, right? Whatever. If anyone is honestly pissed because they aren't playing basements singing about anarchy, then go listen to the other bands that are doing it.

My friend has the rape-whistle copy of New Wave, and it's a wonderful POPPY and very DANCEABLE record.... it's just really fucking fun. I love it, and I'll definitely be buying it on July 10th.

It's just music, people.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

I agree with the comment below me, and I also agree with this review. This is a 7 inch that is worth $3, no doubt.

I'll never understand the people that say Axel Rose is so much better than anything else they've done. You people don't have ears. I'm excited about picking this album up the day it drops. White People for Peace is a great song.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

Whine Whine Bitch Whine Bitch Moan Whine Bitch Moan...

Truth is that these songs are much better written than most of what they have written to date... Much more mature and much more rounded musically... Even the B-side was better than most of the songs on Clarity...

Their old songs captured the moment they were in when they were in them... We grow older and we ALL CHANGE... Why this concept escapes people is beyond me...

Or you could just write the same song 15098 times and bore you to death that way..

yeesh... I thought change was a good thing... and if you look closely at what you enjoyed when you were 15 to when you were 25 to when you were 5... you would find a shitload of variance...

And... it isn't a bad thing..

(Score is for the 7 Inch)

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

Against Me! kicks ass

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

Saw them live 2 weeks ago. Say what you will, but they can kill it on stage like no one else.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

Wasn't the tour with Planes Mistaken for Stars?

Don't recall seeing These Arms are Snakes...

cuapunkradio (June 1, 2007)

does anyone else think the lead/verse to wpfp sound very similar to 'backyard joey' by avoid one thing

leftoverbud (June 1, 2007)

if the lyrics to this song are as pretentious as the title, well, it'll be pretty pretentious.

dude seems kinda assholish from his little journal or whatever.

don't mind me though, I'll be on the side listening to bayside and lil wayne.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

People change. Anarchy is nonsense anyway. Who really cares?

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)


Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

I can't take this bands old lyrics seriously anymore. Who wants to hear about basement shows and anarchism from a bunch of dudes who dont belive ewhat they're saying anymore?

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

It's a good song, but i hate the name.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

shittiest day for reviews ever.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

This release is alright. The first song is good and the second song is a little boring. Either way, I won't be buying this when it comes out. I think it's bullshit how there is no advances of this and if they want to play their game, I'll play mine. Major label debuts sell buckets of records when it leaks on the net first. Seriously, the internet is the promotion there is in this case.

foxfire (June 1, 2007)

good review, it pretty much captured how i felt about this album. the title track is great to play loud and the lyrics are well thought (and hey, i happen to like the chorus)

full sesh is... i dunno. i bet it sounds pretty good live. but its lacking something.

elephantdwarf (June 1, 2007)

im soooooo tired of this band. Reinventing Axl Rose was a good record. i listened to it a shit ton. As The Eternal Cowboy was decent. i listened to it a few times. but stuff after that was just meh. and then i got sick of everyone and their mother talking about them. i wish they'd break up.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

really not a fan of the mixing or the repetitions, but holy shit these are catchy tunes.
-colin at work.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

White people for peace is really good, that lead guitar is a perfect fit.

skaboom (June 1, 2007)

White People is very enjoyable. It sounds a bit slick, but I expected as much. I'd even go so far as to say it was better than anything on Clarity.

Full Sesh...well, it's bad. Glad it's a B-side.

Anonymous (June 1, 2007)

9 for White People, 7 for Full Sesh. Overall, pretty solid songs. Why won't new wave leak already!

GlassPipeMurder (May 31, 2007)

Pretty good assessment. The chorus to this song makes me cringe.

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