Against Me! is a band that laughs at danger and breaks all the rules.
See this amazing band on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at The Rave (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.) in Milwaukee. Doors for the all-ages show, also featuring Tim Barry and Fea, open at 6:30 p.m.
Fronted by Laura Jane Grace, Against Me! began as an anarchist solo act in Gainesville, Florida in 1997. After transforming into a traditional four-piece a few years later with the crucial addition of guitarist James Bowman, they quickly became a driving force in the punk scene—despite facing an abundance of unsolicited danger.
While emerging unscathed from two separate road tour spinouts and, more recently, enduring a flying mic stand which cost Grace her front teeth, Against Me! have played in all 50 states and 29 countries, cranking out an average of 200 sweat-drenched, fist-pumping, shout-a-long live gigs per year over the past decade.
In 2010, Grace went through an intense soul-searching phase and eventually decided to transition, going public with the gender dysphoria she had been dealing with since childhood. As might be expected with such an intensely personal project, Grace took complete creative control of the next album.
AM!’s much-anticipated, Transgender Dysphoria Blues released in January 2014. Grace’s soul is brutally laid bare here in this riveting 10-song collection. While four of the tracks directly address the unique anxieties and fears inherent with being transgender, they still crackle with universal resonance.
In 2014, Grace served as Music Director for MTV’s Rebel Music, a series of documentary films about youth, music and global social change, focused on youth protest movements in the most challenging and turbulent parts of the world.
Additionally, Grace is a contributing writer to Noisey where she writes an advice column titled Mandatory Happiness. Alongside the legendary Joan Jett, Grace recently loaned her support for Miley Cyrus’ “Happy Hippie Foundation,” a non-profit whose mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.
Recorded over Against Me!’s year-long, 2014 world tour, 23 Live Sex Acts (2015) is an immersive compilation of songs that span the band’s entire catalog and provides the most comprehensive look into the powerful Against Me! live experience.
On November 15th, 2016 Hachette Books will release Laura’s memoir, titled “Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.” The book is now available for preorder.