Much was made about singer Tom changing into Laura Jane Grace, but I sort of looked the other way. You see, I’m just a dedicated Against Me fan, and why I’ve seen some missteps, musically speaking, I’ve always had a dear place in my heart for the group. This new single, the first from their upcoming LP, doesn’t necessarily return to the hardcore aesthetics of Laura’s once throaty growl, but it does offer a nice glimpse into the band’s continuous evolution into pop sensibility. I look forward to what the whole album has to offer up; Transgender Dysphoria Blues comes out on January 21st via Total Treble, the band’s own label.
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We’ve always had one hell of a time at Fun Fest every year, and we always have some fun after the festival discussing our take on each day’s events. This year, we’re letting each one of our writers provide their own take on the weekend with a personal recap of the goings ons so as to not compromise or impose on any one writer’s opinions. I’ll be starting things off today with some random thoughts and favorite bands from the best festival in town. Follow the jump for more from me.
Fun Fun Fun Fest is here everybody! As excited as we know everyone is, it’s important to have some sort of plan before you head out to the festival each day. Before you head out, we thought we might give you some recommendations for the day just in case your head is about to explode when trying to decide who you should see. We shall alleviate your pain with the top 5 bands you should make a point to see each day. Now this is by no means a conclusive list and all festival goers should check the full lineup to accomodate their discerning taste. In our mind, these are five bands that you don’t dare miss today! Follow the jump for Friday recs.
Franz Nicolay certainly has kept himself busy since leaving The Hold Steady. Aside from touring with Against Me, he’s been working on new music to create his latest effort, Do The Struggle, which will be out on October 9th. While I can definitely see a slight edge from touring with some rock n’ roll bands, that’s not what this music is about anymore for Franzy. He’s crafted some grandiose orchestral pop that will leave you encouraged by what he can accomplish with the proper set-up. I definitely see some strides to step out on his own, and I’ll praise him for that while waiting for the new release.
Download:Franz Nicoaly – Did Your Broken Heart Make You Who You Are [MP3]
What can you get out of four guitarists? Just one listen to Diarrhea Planet and you’ll see that it’s a pretty heavy sound, if not one rooted in a bit of pop. With the vocals, I want to throw them in as a more rocking Against Me, but there’s a lot less angst. This Nashville outfit is busy prepping their debut Loose Jewels on Infinity Cat Records, which you can find in stores on September 20th (next week!). It’s possibly not the deepest of tracks you’ll find out there, but it sure is a whole lot of fun jamming to this at the end of the day. Crank the speakers and let go.
Download: Diarrhea Planet – Warm Ridin’ [MP3]
Local band Whitman had the opportunity many fought for, opening up for Jersey’s Titus Andronicus outside Emos on Wednesday night. Another Austin band, Yellow Fever, filled up the middle slot, giving us all a mixed taste on the warm evening.
As I prepared for my evening at Stubbs, I pored through several different albums. A few tracks from Silversun Pickups, all the Against Me, and the solid new album from Henry Clay People. I didn’t know what to expect necessarily, caught in nostalgia for my punk days, but not so amped for the main course. Still, I love a good live show, so I just had to be there. Follow the jump for more.
||Monday, July 19th
Well, I’ll be honest, Silversun Pickups is not necessarily my cup of tea; I mean, there are a few catchy songs, but overall, it just doesn’t do it for me. I will tell you that in going to this show, I’m really excited for the two opening bands. Against Me is bringing their punk goes electric sounds to the stage as the middle act, and killer nice guys in Henry Clay People will bring their own hot tracks to the stage as the opening band. Luckily, you can catch HCP at Waterloo Records on the day of the show at 5 PM for free, and we suggest you make it out there, as they’re a band you need to check out.
As we lead up to our little ACL Festival in October, we here at ATH want to start focusing in on some of the lesser known acts coming into town. Our first look brings us Glendale, CA based indie group The Henry Clay People. Lucky for you and the ATH crew, this band will be making a stop in town next week with Against Me! before their ACL Festival slotted date. To preview that show and their ACL appearance, we spoke with band member Joey about their current tour and their brand new LP Somewhere on the Golden Coast. Follow the jump to read full interview.
You all know we’re Against Me! fans from way back, so we were excited today when Daytrotter ran a few unreleased tracks from the band, not to mention a couple of songs off the band’s new album, White Crosses, which comes out on June 8th. Then, Stereogum ran the album’s title track today as well, so if you’re in the mood from some rock, then you should definitely get yourself a look at both posts for today. Personally, nostalgia will always make me go back to As The Eternal Cowboy, but White Crosses has some pretty solid tracks here, and you know the band will never cease to rock live.
Download: Against Me -Because You’re Young (Daytrotter Session) [MP3]