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Gainesville, Florida (1997 – present)

Against Me! is a band originally from Naples, Florida, and later relocated to Gainesville, Florida. They are known for their heavily -influenced sound and energetic live shows (Spin named them one of the 25 greatest live bands in 2006). Their first full-length album, released on No Idea Records in 2002, was the highly-acclaimed Reinventing Axl Rose. In December 2005, they signed to Sire Records, and released their major label debut, New Wave, on July 10, 2007. June 4, 2010 saw the release of their fifth studio album, White Crosses.

Laura Jane Grace (birthname Tom Gabel) started Against Me! in 1997 as a solo act at the age of 17. She would only occasionally perform with support from drummers and/or bassists. This period in the band was marked by playing guerrilla shows in a college apartment complex laundromat, emphasizing the D.I.Y. sentiments of their work. Laura self-released one demo tape, officially entitled Against Me!, but more commonly known as Tom’s Demo. While copies of the cassette itself are extremely rare, internet file-sharing programs have helped to circulate the songs amongst fans.

Another demo cassette was released the following year on Misanthrope Records, with a slightly more complete band, titled Vivida Vis. Only five hundred copies of this album were made, but file-sharing once again popularized it. Perhaps the most well-known song on the record, “Shit Stroll” is still routinely requested by the audience at Against Me! shows. The band rarely, if ever, obliges these requests.


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  • b_sievs27point5

    The new album is great. Some people will prefer the older sound but this new album brings a whole new dimension to the band. Such raw emotion. The last album wasn't that great but this band is definitely back. I saw them live a couple weekends ago for the first time with Laura and they still kick so much ass!!

    16 Apr 2:07am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    "Just for the record, transgender people aren't menatlly ill." Partially agree, being a Transgender is not a mental illness in itself, but if there is nagging discomfort caused by it, that can cause mental illnesses.

    11 Apr 12:14pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    great band

    11 Apr 12:13pm Reply
  • cialo7 Against Me! - Shivers (Nervous Energies session - Rowland S. Howard cover) Great cover.

    4 Apr 12:12pm Reply
  • drjswho

    These guys are cool. How have I only just discovered them?

    28 Mar 7:59pm Reply
  • Encefalograma

    This band <3

    28 Mar 4:35pm Reply
  • RylieG


    26 Mar 9:07pm Reply
  • Shelita

    CHILEEEEEEE !!!!!!

    17 Mar 8:34pm Reply
  • kriegischlimmer

    please come to germany!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    16 Mar 10:49am Reply
  • holy_GRAPH

    But it's still a fucking killer album.

    16 Mar 9:19am Reply
  • yeby

    I think that people assume that people talking shit about this band has to do with Laura's transition. It doesn't, They just used to be a much better band regardless of gender politics.

    8 Mar 2:52pm Reply
  • mkohn

    Love the new album. Laura is badass and if you can't accept her change then go fuck yourself.

    8 Mar 6:53am Reply
  • RylieG

    i love laura i love laura i love laura

    2 Mar 11:32pm Reply
  • ahnvx

    The newest album isn't appealing in the slightest, the grit isn't there, I prefer Reinventing to this any day.

    27 Feb 12:33pm Reply
  • spillyerlungs

    The second best thing about the new album is that the awful song 'stop' got pushed so low in the rankings. The best thing about the new album is that it is their best in 10 years. It's so good.

    26 Feb 3:00pm Reply
  • SuitcaseLife

    "stop being all dicksy about her and go make something of your fucking lives " [2] - this shoutbox is insane. honestly, get a life ....

    24 Feb 9:08am Reply
  • TenebrisInLux

    Just for the record, transgender people aren't menatlly ill. People who continue to misgender Laura Jane Grace and call her by her old name make me feel ill. Frankly I'm happy to see more open transgender folks in this scene, it's a shame we're still among some small-minded people. It's 2014 ...

    19 Feb 12:44am Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    i like the new album

    15 Feb 4:53pm Reply
  • nobarcode

    join tom in mental help sessions pompeyhell and inthesameroom

    13 Feb 11:57pm Reply
  • Pompeyhell

    @nobarcode, I'm sure that Laura Jane has had quite enough 'extreme mental treatment' from smallminded bigots like you, we could do with far more brave and talented people like her and fewer nasty shitbags like you. Now go and troll somewhere else.

    13 Feb 8:21pm Reply
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