Just one week after revealing their Vox Populi Tour with Bad Religion and Dave Hausse, Gainsville outfit Against Me! is back in the news once more with the announcement of their forthcoming album Shape Shift With Me.
Due out September 16 via Total Treble, the band’s seventh full-length record is set to be pretty unique lyric-wise according to frontwoman Laura Jane Grace.
“Tons of people have written about love. But while love is cliché, it’s infinitely relevant,” Grace explains. “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.”
She continued to add, “Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective? 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.”
To get your first glimpse at Grace’s new writing approach, be sure to check out “333″ below. Afterwards, pre-orders for Shape Shift With Me can be found here.