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Against Me!      

Punk Rock Band Known for Songs Like "Thrash Unreal" and "I Was a Teenage Anarchist"

Against Me! was formed in 1997 by singer/guitarist Tom Gabel as a solo act, occasionally performing with backing musicians. The first Against Me! release was an eponymously-titled 1997 cassette demo. With the addition of drummer Kevin Mahon, a second demo, 1998’s “Vivida Vis!,” was released in limited numbers by Misanthrope Records.

The band's first EP, “Against Me!,” was released in 2000 through Crasshole Records. Their first widely-distributed release was the 2001 EP, “Crime as Forgiven by Against Me!,” released by Plan-It-X Records and Gabel's own Sabot Productions. A third EP, an eponymously-titled acoustic recording by Gabel and bassist Dustin Fridkin, was released later that year.

Mahon left the band and was replaced by Warren Oakes, and second guitarist James Bowman was added for the band's first album, 2002's “Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose,” released by No Idea Records. Fridkin left and was replaced by Andrew Seward, and this lineup released the single “The Disco Before the Breakdown” in 2002.

Against Me! signed to Fat Wreck Chords and released their second album, 2003's “Against Me! as the Eternal Cowboy,” supported by singles for “Cavalier Eternal” and “Sink, Florida, Sink.” The DVD “We're Never Going Home” followed, documenting their spring 2004 tour. 2005's “Searching for a Former Clarity” spawned singles for “Don't Lose Touch” and “From Her Lips to God's Ears (The Energizer),” which also became the band's first music videos. The live album “Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!!” followed in 2006.

Against Me! moved to Sire Records for 2007's “New Wave,” which debuted at #57 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and featured their first charting single, “Thrash Unreal,” which reached #11 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. “White People for Peace,” “Stop!” and “New Wave” were also released as singles from the album. The DVD “Live at the Key Club” followed later that year. In 2008 Sire released the digital EP, “New Wave B-Sides.”

Oakes left the band in 2009 and was replaced by Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo. Fat Wreck Chords released “The Original Cowboy” in 2009, featuring a collection of demo recordings from the “Eternal Cowboy” sessions. Against Me!'s fifth studio album, 2010's “White Crosses,” reached #34 on the Billboard 200. It was supported by singles for “I Was a Teenage Anarchist,” “High Pressure Low” and “White Crosses.” Rebelo left the band later that year and was replaced by Jay Weinberg.

In 2011 Fat Wreck Chords released “Total Clarity,” a collection of demos from the “Searching for a Former Clarity” sessions. This was followed by the “Russian Spies” / “Occult Enemies” single. That same year the band launched their own label, Total Treble Music, reissuing “White Crosses” with an added disc of bonus material titled “Black Crosses.”

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Last month, Against Me released the cutting and insightful punk album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, an album that found frontwoman Laura Jane Grace wri.

Laura Jane Grace's Fresh Start: Inside Against Me's New 'Blues'

Against Me! have a new rhythm section (drummer Atom Willard and touring bassist Inge Johansson), but the core of the band remains Grace and Bowman ...

Against Me Announce New Album 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues ...

Punk rockers Against Me will release their sixth album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, on January 21. It will be the first record the group has released.

Against Me! returns, begins new chapter - The Daily Eastern News ...

A week after the article was published, Florida punk band Against Me!'s long- awaited sixth album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” hit shelves, adding more to  ...

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Talks 'Gender Is Over' Jersey ...

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace discusses her 'Gender Is Over! If You Want It' jersey and why she's giving it away for charity.

Miley Cyrus and Laura Jane Grace Perform Against Me! Track ...

Miley Cyrus joined Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace for an acoustic rendition of the Florida punk band's "True Trans Soul Rebel."

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