Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Against Me! - 2014 - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me! is a four piece rock band from Gainesville, Florida, America. Transgender Dysphoria Blues is their sixth LP which I have been sleeping on for far too long. It is also the band's first album after their lead singer transitioned to Laura Jane Grace, which hasn't frankly changed Against Me!'s sound at all. Lyrically Transgender Dysphoria Blues is intensely personal as Laura sings and screams about the homo and transphobia she experiences but musically it simply continues the transition from punk to mainstream that Against Me! have been working on.

 If Laura can completely abandon both radical politics and radical openness then Against Me! can take their punked up, catchy energy and use the dying mainstream music industry to get those songs out there. Green Day would be a pertinent example except that Against Me! actually had political opinions and wrote songs about them at one point. Regardless of how punk these songs are, they are catchy and while some fail to ignite there is a lot of gold here. I would list my favourite songs but there's no point when that's virtually all of them. If you enjoy intensely personal music blasted at high speed and volume, Against Me!'s Trangender Dysphoria Blues will serve well.