AGAINST ME! Premiere New Album, “Shape Shift With Me,” In Full With NPR Music

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Celebrated American rock band Against Me! are pleased to present the full album stream of its forthcoming studio album, Shape Shift With Me. Premiering via NPR “First Listen” one week prior to its Friday, September 16 release, Shape Shift With Me has the distinction of the first album frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It’s an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace’s songwriting for the past 20 years. Check out Shape Shift With Me in its entirely via NPR Music.

Against Me! also recently announced the release of the music video for “333.” Directed by Ione Skye and starring her friend of 20 years, Natasha Lyonne of Orange Is The New Black, as well as Welsh actor Andrew Howard who plays an electric, 1960s-inspired husband, the video for “333” illuminates a push/pull relationship between repression and free sexuality that speaks for the tension found within the song itself. “This project attracted a lot of talented people: an incredible director of photography, producer, costume designer, editor and set designer,” Skye mentions. “I felt very supported and inspired.” Check out the new music video for “333,” courtesy of YouTube.

Additionally, the band has announced its upcoming North American fall tour dates that will both include headline appearances and dates with Bad Religion and Dave Hause. A full listing of dates can be found below with tickets and information on Against Me!’s official website, http://www.againstme.net.

Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has also announced the release of her upcoming memoir titled TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Set for release on November 15, 2016 through Hachette Books, TRANNY is a searing account of Grace’s search for identity and true self. The highly anticipated book also reveals the struggles and victories that the artist experienced in her quest for gender transition. Written with Noisey editor Dan Ozzi and illuminated by Grace’s never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, TRANNY is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, failed marriages, music, and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.

Recorded, mixed and engineered by Marc Jacob Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day) at Rancho Recordo, Shape Shift With Me will be released on the band’s label Total Treble (in partnership with INgrooves) and is now available for pre-order on Amazon (LP, CD) and iTunes where instant downloads of album tracks “333,” “Crash” and “Haunting, Haunted, Haunts,” a song Rolling Stone recently deemed “a rollicking, swaggering stomper,” are now being offered for those who purchase the album ahead of its release next week.

“Tons of people have written about love. But while love is cliché, it’s infinitely relevant,” Grace says. “For me, having always been in a punk band that was expected to be political, I never felt like I had that option to write about feelings in that way. That’s what I ended up being drawn to this time. It’s writing in a way I thought I could never write before, and not giving a shit about expectations.”

As such, Shape Shift With Me is a loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator. But even though she was opening herself up to new songwriting topics, she knew what her mission was from the start.

“Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?” she asks rhetorically. “There needs to be more records about trans rights and everything like that, but feeling like I already did that, I wanted to move on to write commentary on living from a trans perspective. I wanted to write the transgender response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St., Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville and the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free. All those records are relationship records. There’s been an infinite amount of records talking about what love means from a cisgender perspective. I wanted to present the trans perspective on sex, love and heartbreak.”

With Grace’s new motivation came a new outlook on the band, as well. Previous albums found the songwriting process to be a largely solitary experience, but she embraced the spirit of collaboration for Shape Shift With Me—so much so that when Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers sent her some demos of songs he was working on for another project, she became inspired and ended up co-writing “Boyfriend” and “Norse Truth,” two of the album’s most memorable tracks, with him.

“It was just about opening up to whatever comes my way karmically,” Grace says. “Whatever everyone in the band is willing to offer, I just wanted to be open to it. I didn’t want it to be like what it was in the past where it may have felt closed. I want it to be different.”

In a career already full of classic punk records, Shape Shift With Me feels like the definitive Against Me! album—it’s poppy and catchy (“Rebecca,” “Suicide Bomber”), aggressive and in-your-face (“ProVision L-3,” “Dead Rats”), sentimental and longing [Crash,” “All This (And More”)]. Moreover, it’s the culmination of four years of existence as Laura Jane Grace—there’s no going back now, so she might as well embrace it.

“While I’ve always wanted the moon and the stars, I have a certain amount of humbleness,” she admits. “I just want to play shows and make records and write songs. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Of course I always want the biggest and best things for those shows and records and songs, but when it comes down to it, I just love doing it. I have no other ambitions or career goals.”

Against Me! will be making the following North American headline appearances as well as touring with Bad Religion and Dave Hause starting next week. Dates below with more headline shows to be announced soon.

SEPTEMBER
14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache #
15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre #
18 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall #
19 – Boston, MA – Royale #
20 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall #
21 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda #
23 – Chicago, IL – Goose Island 312 Block Party
24 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
25 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre #
27 – Easthampton, MA – Flywheel #
28 – Providence, RI – Fete (Lounge) #
29 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground #
30 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *

OCTOBER
01 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount *
03 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
04 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
05 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore *
06 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring *
08 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte *
09 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre *
11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues-Orlando *
12 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing *
14 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live *
15 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater *
16 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues-Dallas *
18 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland *
20 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue *
21 – Las Vegas, NV – The Foundry Hall @ SLS *
24 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater *
26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo *
27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre *
29 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades *
30 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre *

NOVEMBER
03 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre *
04 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium *

# = headline show
* = w/ Bad Religion, Dave Hause

THIRD EYE BLIND Announce New EP, “We Are Drugs,” And Release New Track

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Third Eye Blind, summer’s biggest music festival standout, will release We Are Drugs on October 7. Serving as the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed studio album Dopamine, We Are Drugs was recorded in late-Spring during a week-long intensive at renowned Sonic Ranch, a vintage recording studio secluded in the midst of a pecan ranch in the Texas borderland. “The setting allowed us the focus to take songs sometimes all the way from inception to completion in continuous sessions,” frontman and songwriter Stephan Jenkins said of the process. “We also allowed ourselves freedom on We Are Drugs from any definitions or guidelines of what we were supposed to be. We just took joy in getting in a big room together and letting music happen and then chasing it around wherever it led us. It is one of the most freeing recording experiences I have had.” Check out a stream of “Company Of Strangers,” the EP’s propulsive opener, via SoundCloud.

We Are Drugs also features the advance previewed track “Cop Vs. Phone Girl,” a nightmarish yet uplifting sing-along that taps on police brutality and race. Written by Jenkins, the song’s impact is all the more intense because the absurdity that it depicts is an accounting of an actual assault that took place last year at Spring Valley High in South Carolina on a student by an over aggressive campus safety officer. In a testament to Jenkins’ songwriting mastery, he still finds a way to chide hope into a dark narrative, and creates something anthemic out of viscously specific details.

To say it’s been a busy year for Third Eye Blind would be a major understatement. From its massive draws across summer music festivals the world over to the countless headlines they’ve made in the political arena and charity work for organizations such as “Make Room,” the band has been tirelessly working on its craft and, in the process, being vocal about the issues that matter to them. The release of We Are Drugs is the next chapter in its legacy – a fully-realized body of work that continues to incorporate the band’s perfect pop sensibility with an ever-present progressive intent. Jenkins utilizes his characteristic rhythmic vocal style and lyrical prowess on issues of identity, connection, isolation and authenticity while keeping a sharp eye on a culture in rapid change, which has suited him well over the years. After five albums and millions of records sold worldwide, Third Eye Blind continue to write, record and tour, entertaining while growing a larger, younger and more dedicated fanbase than ever, which is something they continue to be thankful for. We Are Drugs takes its title and cover inspiration from Dali’s and his file Un Chien Andalou. “It is a reference that we make to the drug Dopamine.”

“It’s simple, really,” says Jenkins. “Everything that has been happening to us and around us these days has been pretty goddamn surreal.”

Third Eye Blind will be making the following live appearances in 2016.

SEPTEMBER
17 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO Del Mar
25 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Festival

We Are Drugs EP track listing:
01. Company Of Strangers
02. Queen Of Daydreams
03. Don’t Give In
04. Isn’t It Pretty
05. Sherri
06. Weightless
07. Cop Vs. Phone Girl

JIMMY EAT WORLD Announce Album Details; Worldwide Tour, Share Personal Letter

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Integrity Blues is available for preorder now from iTunes, Amazon mp3 and jimmyeatworld.com. The preorder includes two instant grat tracks: “Sure and Certain” and “Get Right.” Stream “Sure and Certain” and “Get Right” on Spotify or Apple Music now

Pre-order directly from the band here for exclusive bundles including colored vinyl, tshirts, and limited signed lithographs.

Jimmy Eat World will kick off their 2016 Tour with a handful of special and intimate fan shows in the U.K. and Germany, with a festival stop in Madrid. The band just announced that tickets will go on sale this week with nearly 30 tour dates in the U.S., U.K. and Europe. General on sale will begin Friday, September 9th at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Jimmy Eat World 2016 Tour
Sept 7 – Bush Hall – London, UK
Sept 8 – Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
Sept 10 – Dcode Festival – Alcala De Henares, Spain
Sept 12 – Lido – Berlin, GER
Sept 13 – Ampere – Munich, GER
Sept 14 – Underground – Koln, GER
Sept 16 – Riot Fest – Chicago, IL
Sept 18 – Toronto Urban Roots Festival – Toronto, CAN
Sept 25 – Life is Beautiful Festival – Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 7 – Park City Live – Park City, UT
Oct. 9 – Gothic – Denver, CO
Oct. 10 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
Oct. 11 – Barrymore – Madison, WI
Oct. 13 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Oct. 14 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Oct. 15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Oct. 16 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
Oct. 18 – Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
Oct. 19 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
Oct. 22 – Fear Farm (93.3 Alt AZ Zombie Prom) – Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 23 – Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 24 – The Freemont Theatre – SLO, CA
Oct. 27 – Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
Oct. 28 – Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara, CA
Oct. 29 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 4 – Guildhall – Southampton
Nov. 5 – Troxy – London
Nov. 7 – Olympia – Dublin
Nov. 8 – Limelight – Belfast
Nov. 9 – Barrowland – Glasgow
Nov. 10 – Academy – Manchester
Nov. 12 – Wizemann – Stuttgart
Nov. 13 – Schuur – Lucerne
Nov. 15 – Grosse Freiheit – Hamburg
Nov. 16 – Skater’s Palace / Munster
Nov. 17 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden
Nov. 19 – Academy – Bristol
Nov. 20 – Academy – Birmingham

Track Listing:
1. You With Me
2. Sure and Certain
3. It Matters
4. Pretty Grids
5. Pass The Baby
6. Get Right
7. You Are Free
8. The End Is Beautiful
9. Through
10. Integrity Blues
11. Pol Roger

AGAINST ME! Release Music Video For “333” Directed By IONE SKYE & Starring NATASHA LYONNE (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, SHAPE SHIFT WITH ME, IN STORES AND ONLINE VIA TOTAL TREBLE / INGROOVES ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
WITH PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES AND AMAZON

Celebrated American rock band Against Me! are excited to present the brand new music video for “333” taken from its highly anticipated forthcoming studio album titled Shape Shift With Me. Directed by Ione Skye and starring her friend of 20 years, Natasha Lyonne of Orange Is The New Black, as well as Welsh actor Andrew Howard who plays an electric, 1960s-inspired husband, the video for “333” illuminates a push/pull relationship between repression and free sexuality that speaks for the tension found within the song itself. “This project attracted a lot of talented people: an incredible director of photography, producer, costume designer, editor and set designer,” Skye mentions. “I felt very supported and inspired.”

Being released on the band’s label Total Treble (in partnership with INgrooves) and serving as the follow up to the critically acclaimed Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Shape Shift With Me is now available for pre-order on Amazon (LP, CD) and iTunes where instant downloads of album tracks “333” and “Haunting, Haunted, Haunts,” a song Rolling Stone recently deemed “a rollicking, swaggering stomper,” are now being offered for those who purchase the album ahead of its Friday, September 16 release.

Additionally, the band has announced its upcoming North American fall tour dates that will both include headline appearances and dates with Bad Religion and Dave Hause. A full listing of dates can be found below with tickets and information on Against Me!’s official website, http://www.againstme.net.

Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace recently announced the release of her upcoming memoir titled TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Set for release on November 15, 2016 through Hachette Books, TRANNY is a searing account of Grace’s search for identity and true self. The highly anticipated book also reveals the struggles and victories that the artist experienced in her quest for gender transition. Written with Noisey editor Dan Ozzi and illuminated by Grace’s never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, TRANNY is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, failed marriages, music, and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.

Recorded, mixed and engineered by Marc Jacob Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day) at Rancho Recordo, Shape Shift With Me, Against Me!’s seventh full length album, has the distinction of the first album frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It’s an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace’s songwriting for the past 20 years.

“Tons of people have written about love. But while love is cliché, it’s infinitely relevant,” Grace says. “For me, having always been in a punk band that was expected to be political, I never felt like I had that option to write about feelings in that way. That’s what I ended up being drawn to this time. It’s writing in a way I thought I could never write before, and not giving a shit about expectations.”

As such, Shape Shift With Me is a loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator. But even though she was opening herself up to new songwriting topics, she knew what her mission was from the start.

“Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?” she asks rhetorically. “There needs to be more records about trans rights and everything like that, but feeling like I already did that, I wanted to move on to write commentary on living from a trans perspective. I wanted to write the transgender response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St., Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville and the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free. All those records are relationship records. There’s been an infinite amount of records talking about what love means from a cisgender perspective. I wanted to present the trans perspective on sex, love and heartbreak.”

With Grace’s new motivation came a new outlook on the band, as well. Previous albums found the songwriting process to be a largely solitary experience, but she embraced the spirit of collaboration for Shape Shift With Me—so much so that when Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers sent her some demos of songs he was working on for another project, she became inspired and ended up co-writing “Boyfriend” and “Norse Truth,” two of the album’s most memorable tracks, with him.

“It was just about opening up to whatever comes my way karmically,” Grace says. “Whatever everyone in the band is willing to offer, I just wanted to be open to it. I didn’t want it to be like what it was in the past where it may have felt closed. I want it to be different.”

In a career already full of classic punk records, Shape Shift With Me feels like the definitive Against Me! album—it’s poppy and catchy (“Rebecca,” “Suicide Bomber”), aggressive and in-your-face (“ProVision L-3,” “Dead Rats”), sentimental and longing [“Crash,” “All This (And More)”]. Moreover, it’s the culmination of four years of existence as Laura Jane Grace—there’s no going back now, so she might as well embrace it.

“While I’ve always wanted the moon and the stars, I have a certain amount of humbleness,” she admits. “I just want to play shows and make records and write songs. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Of course I always want the biggest and best things for those shows and records and songs, but when it comes down to it, I just love doing it. I have no other ambitions or career goals.”

Against Me! will be making the following North American headline appearances as well as touring with Bad Religion and Dave Hause this fall. Dates below with more headline shows to be announced soon.

SEPTEMBER
02 – Denver, CO – Riot Fest Afterparty at Marquis Theater
03 – Denver, CO – Riot Fest
14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache #
15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre #
17 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade In-Store
18 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall #
19 – Boston, MA – Royale #
20 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall #
21 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda #
23 – Chicago, IL – Goose Island 312 Block Party
24 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
25 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre #
27 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street #
28 – Providence, RI – Fete (Lounge) #
29 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground #
30 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *

OCTOBER
01 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount *
03 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
04 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
05 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore *
06 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring *
07 – Charlottesville, VA – Champion Brewing Company #
08 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte *
09 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre *
11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues-Orlando *
12 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing *
14 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live *
15 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater *
16 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues-Dallas *
18 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland *
20 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue *
21 – Las Vegas, NV – The Foundry Hall @ SLS *
24 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater *
25 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore #
26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo *
27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre *
29 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades *
30 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre *

NOVEMBER
03 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre *
04 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium *

# = headline show
* = w/ Bad Religion, Dave Hause

Shape Shift With Me track listing:
01. ProVision L-3
02. 12:03
03. Boyfriend
04. Crash
05. Delicate, Petite & Other Things I’ll Never Be
06. 333
07. Haunting, Haunted, Haunts
08. Dead Rats
09. Rebecca
10. Norse Truth
11. Suicide Bomber
12. All This (And More)