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Nationality: American
Formed: 1997 (17 years ago)


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In 1997 singer/guitarist Tom Gabel began performing as a 17-year old acoustic folk-punk act in Gainesville, Florida and the first Against Me! release was an eponymously-titled 1997 cassette demo. With the addition of drummer Kevin Mahon, a second demo, 1998’s “Vivida Vis!,” was released in limited numbers by Misanthrope Records.

By 2001 Gabel had a bigger sound with the help of a full band -- including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward. The fan favourite Reinventing Axl Rose was re-issued in 2002 and the underground hit blended elements of punk, folk, ... Read more

In 1997 singer/guitarist Tom Gabel began performing as a 17-year old acoustic folk-punk act in Gainesville, Florida and the first Against Me! release was an eponymously-titled 1997 cassette demo. With the addition of drummer Kevin Mahon, a second demo, 1998’s “Vivida Vis!,” was released in limited numbers by Misanthrope Records.

By 2001 Gabel had a bigger sound with the help of a full band -- including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward. The fan favourite Reinventing Axl Rose was re-issued in 2002 and the underground hit blended elements of punk, folk, and country into socially conscious and impassioned anthems.

In 2003 the more polished As the Eternal Cowboy was released alongside a DVD and a 7” vinyl. Their origins as a touring band continued with a full US tour and the release of Searching for a Former Clarity in 2005. The band’s major label debut came in 2007 with the release of New Wave, a more rock-oriented record with no acoustic tracks that was named as Spin magazine’s album of the year. The album was followed, in 2009, by the departure of drummer Warren Oakes who was replaced by Hot Water Music’s George Rebelo who went on to record the White Crosses album with the band although his time in the group was short-lived and partway through an international tour, Rebelo left to be replaced by Jay Weinberg.

White Crosses was as powerful and bold as one can imagine a rock record to be. Gabel commented that “New Wave was very much about my band and the music industry and once I had a little distance from it, I realized that it didn’t connect with some people. With White Crosses, there was a real desire to abandon the storyline. I just wanted to wipe the slate clean and not think about any of that.”

In May 2012 in an interview with Rolling Stone, Gabel announced he had gender dysphoria and was transitioning to living as a woman. Laura Jane Grace, as Gabel is now known, recorded an album with Against Me! called Transgender Dysphoria Blues although bassist Andrew Seward and drummer Jay Weinberg would not see this record through to its fruition after their departure from the band in 2013.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

In 1997 singer/guitarist Tom Gabel began performing as a 17-year old acoustic folk-punk act in Gainesville, Florida and the first Against Me! release was an eponymously-titled 1997 cassette demo. With the addition of drummer Kevin Mahon, a second demo, 1998’s “Vivida Vis!,” was released in limited numbers by Misanthrope Records.

By 2001 Gabel had a bigger sound with the help of a full band -- including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward. The fan favourite Reinventing Axl Rose was re-issued in 2002 and the underground hit blended elements of punk, folk, and country into socially conscious and impassioned anthems.

In 2003 the more polished As the Eternal Cowboy was released alongside a DVD and a 7” vinyl. Their origins as a touring band continued with a full US tour and the release of Searching for a Former Clarity in 2005. The band’s major label debut came in 2007 with the release of New Wave, a more rock-oriented record with no acoustic tracks that was named as Spin magazine’s album of the year. The album was followed, in 2009, by the departure of drummer Warren Oakes who was replaced by Hot Water Music’s George Rebelo who went on to record the White Crosses album with the band although his time in the group was short-lived and partway through an international tour, Rebelo left to be replaced by Jay Weinberg.

White Crosses was as powerful and bold as one can imagine a rock record to be. Gabel commented that “New Wave was very much about my band and the music industry and once I had a little distance from it, I realized that it didn’t connect with some people. With White Crosses, there was a real desire to abandon the storyline. I just wanted to wipe the slate clean and not think about any of that.”

In May 2012 in an interview with Rolling Stone, Gabel announced he had gender dysphoria and was transitioning to living as a woman. Laura Jane Grace, as Gabel is now known, recorded an album with Against Me! called Transgender Dysphoria Blues although bassist Andrew Seward and drummer Jay Weinberg would not see this record through to its fruition after their departure from the band in 2013.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

In 1997 singer/guitarist Tom Gabel began performing as a 17-year old acoustic folk-punk act in Gainesville, Florida and the first Against Me! release was an eponymously-titled 1997 cassette demo. With the addition of drummer Kevin Mahon, a second demo, 1998’s “Vivida Vis!,” was released in limited numbers by Misanthrope Records.

By 2001 Gabel had a bigger sound with the help of a full band -- including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward. The fan favourite Reinventing Axl Rose was re-issued in 2002 and the underground hit blended elements of punk, folk, and country into socially conscious and impassioned anthems.

In 2003 the more polished As the Eternal Cowboy was released alongside a DVD and a 7” vinyl. Their origins as a touring band continued with a full US tour and the release of Searching for a Former Clarity in 2005. The band’s major label debut came in 2007 with the release of New Wave, a more rock-oriented record with no acoustic tracks that was named as Spin magazine’s album of the year. The album was followed, in 2009, by the departure of drummer Warren Oakes who was replaced by Hot Water Music’s George Rebelo who went on to record the White Crosses album with the band although his time in the group was short-lived and partway through an international tour, Rebelo left to be replaced by Jay Weinberg.

White Crosses was as powerful and bold as one can imagine a rock record to be. Gabel commented that “New Wave was very much about my band and the music industry and once I had a little distance from it, I realized that it didn’t connect with some people. With White Crosses, there was a real desire to abandon the storyline. I just wanted to wipe the slate clean and not think about any of that.”

In May 2012 in an interview with Rolling Stone, Gabel announced he had gender dysphoria and was transitioning to living as a woman. Laura Jane Grace, as Gabel is now known, recorded an album with Against Me! called Transgender Dysphoria Blues although bassist Andrew Seward and drummer Jay Weinberg would not see this record through to its fruition after their departure from the band in 2013.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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