Radio Feedback: Against Me! On Their First Time
Welcome to Radio Feedback, Radio.com’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.
By Jay Tilles
Long before Against Me! carried modern punk’s flag, the band had high hopes of their music being played to a wider audience than just their hometown Gainesville, Fl. scene. Voracious touring helped win over fans, certainly, but early adopters at college radio helped the band reach new levels through airplay, despite the fact that their genre doesn’t have a widespread presence at radio.
“I think it was ‘Pints of Guinness Make You Strong’ off our first record [Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose],” frontwoman Laura Jane Grace recalled of the band’s on-air debut. “It was in our first touring van, which was a Dodge Ram. It was on the local college radio station. We heard that they were getting a DJ who would actually play punk stuff so we listened. I remember it coming on.”
She added: “It’s one of those surreal moments where you’re just like ‘Whoa, that’s crazy. We’re on the radio!’ But then it’s over and we’re like…’OK, so here we go.’ It’s cool, having yourself played on the radio. If you’re a musician and you’re in a band, that’s cool. You’re stoked.”
Currently, Grace and the band are on the road piercing ears with their razor sharp lyrics like, “Chipped nail polish and a barbed wire dress/Is your mother proud of your eyelashes/Silicone chest, and collagen lips?” The track, “F–KMYLIFE666″ featuring Fat Mike of NOFX, is featured on Against Me!’s upcoming album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. On it, Grace chronicles her ongoing journey as a male-to-female transgender punk in the spotlight.
The new album, recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 (as seen in the movie Sound City), is scheduled for release on January 21 via the band’s own label, Total Treble, followed by a full-scale North American tour.
(Courtesy Big Hassle)