Against Me! leave Sire/Warner

Against Me! have left major label Sire/Warner after a 5-year working relationship. In a blog post, front man Tom Gabel has expressed his gratitude to all those at Sire and has sent out an apology to all the fans effected by their recent rash of tour date cancellations;

“The last thing that we ever want to do, especially when the dates have us going to some of our favorite places in the world, but this past October a culmination of circumstances were engulfing us and we had to take some time off from touring to go home and sort things out. On a related note, after almost a five year relationship we are leaving Sire/Warner. We have nothing but gratitude towards all the people we worked with at the label and feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to make the records we made while with the label.”

Gabel continues to say that the band have scheduled a few radio station festivals in December before heading out on tour in January with Cheap Girls and Fences. The band have also recruited Jay Weinberg (Max’s kid) to handle drum duties. Weinberg was recently booted from Madball after differences between Weinberg’s lifestyle and that of Freddie Cricien surfaced.

Against Me! released the terrific White Crosses earlier this year.


Guttermouth slams Rise Against, Against Me

Long time punk rockers Guttermouth have slammed the music of popular acts like Rise Against and Against Me. Speaking to local Melbourne street press BEAT, vocalist Mark Adkins reiterated the lack of substance in music today, calling out the two acts by name;

Rise Against and Against Me and all these people, it all sounds the same!

He continues to lambaste their music, questioning the importance of their work;

Where is there no substance at all? All I’m hearing is the same songs coming from different bands and everyone even seems to be singing the same! Don’t tell me it’s not a trend- and this is not what punk rock is about.”

Adkins goes on to speak out about the current landscape of selling music, questioning the need to press physical copies in today’s download heavy market;

Why would you actually make hard discs anymore… what, just to put them up for sale in all of two CD stores left on Earth?”

Guttermouth are currently in Australia for a month touring across the country. The interview goes on to state that they will be filming their time down under for an upcoming DVD about the band.

Originally formed in 1988, Guttermouth were part of the late 80s, early 90s Huntington Beach/Orange County punk scene that bred the likes of The Vandals and the Offspring.

We’re not here to support Rise Against or Against Me or their music, and we sometimes agree with Adkins (we like his attitude), but let’s just say Guttermouth don’t really need to worry about people buying their records. They had a song once about a donkey sex show. We bought Guttermouth’s Full Length LP back in the day… it was the first, and last Guttermouth album we bought. We still kinda like this song though. 1, 2, 1 2 3 SLAM!

Here are the remaining Australian tour dates:

Oct 16 – Melbourne, Victoria @ Ding Dong Lounge
Oct 17 – Ferntree Gully, Victoria @ Ferntree Gully Hotel
Oct 18 – Geelong, Victoria @ The National Hotel
Oct 20 – New South Wales @ Unibar, Wollongong
Oct 21 – Bateau Bay, New South Wales @ Entrance Leagues Club
Oct 22 – Sydney, New South Wales @ Gaelic Club
Oct 23 – Newcastle, New South Wales @ Cambridge Hotel
Oct 24 – Coffs Harbour, New South Wales @ The Plantation
Oct 27 – Gold Coast, Queensland @ Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
Oct 29 – Noosa, Queensland @ Fusion Villa
Oct 30 – Brisbane, Queensland @ The HiFi

Album Reviews, Music

Review: Against Me! – White Crosses

Few songs have resonated with this author in 2010 as much as “I Was A Teenage Anarchist”; Tom Gabel’s anthemic, razorfire ode to his own political awakening. His path led to his understanding that flying the anarchist flag was just as pointless as the politics so many fight against. It is a bold statement, and while my own anarchist beliefs stopped when I locked away my skateboard pants and chain wallet, there is something about “maintaining that fire” that almost anyone can hold in high regard.

The genesis of the song is about finding the spark that keeps your passion alight. In the case of Gabel, it is about discovering that changing the world did not necessarily mean one has to be tied down to conformity within an ideal or a movement.

And like much of White Crosses, the track is a polarizing anthem- big choruses and stadium-esque riffs much in contrast to Against Me!’s earlier material. Yet there is something enlightening about a punk kid’s discovery that they could break free from the constraints of mass movements while maintaining the same drive and fire that first ignited their interest. Butch Vig’s production means the album is sonically, the best thing they’ve ever done, and to some, the best written material too. “Suffocation” is an equally telling tale of modern life- done with simplicity and a catchy refrain. “Spanish Moss” and “Because of the Shame” are both poetic and accessible, and tracks like “Rapid Decompression” and “White Crosses” prove they haven’t quite forgotten about their musical lineage.

This isn’t Reinventing Axl Rose, and it isn’t quite as disjointed as New Wave. But it’s a great big album that is every bit as personal as The Eternal Cowboy with plenty to offer for anarchists, punks, and the guy who sold you the album at Hot Topic. (Sire)

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