Against Me! will release their seventh studio album, Shape Shift With Me, on September 16th via Total Treble. The 12-track LP, which follows 2011's acclaimed Transgender Dysphoria Blues, features new single "333," which the band debuted last year onstage. "All the devils that you don't know can all come along for the ride," frontwoman Laura Jane Grace screams over anthemic distortion. "I want to be as close as I can get to you."
A press release describes the Marc Jacob Hudson-produced Shape Shift With Me as a "loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator."
"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.
"Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?" she continues. "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."
The band has also announced a round of North American tour dates, including headlining shows and appearances with Bad Religion and Dave Hause.
The album is available for pre-order via Amazon (on CD and vinyl) and iTunes, with the latter offering an instant download of "333." Drummer Atom Willard will make nightly guest musician appearances this week – starting Monday, July 18th – on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Grace recently announced her memoir, TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, out November 15th via Hachette Books.
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me Track List
1. "ProVision L-3"
5. "Delicate, Petite & Other Things I'll Never Be"
7. "Haunting, Haunted, Haunts"
8. "Dead Rats"
10. "Norse Truth"
11. "Suicide Bomber"
12. "All This (And More)"
Against Me! North American Tour Dates
September 14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache #
September 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre #
September 18 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall #
September 19 – Boston, MA @ Royale #
September 20 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall #
September 21 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda #
September 23 – Chicago, IL @ Goose Island 312 Block Party
September 24 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom #
September 25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre #
September 27 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street #
September 28 – Providence, RI @ Fete (Lounge) #
September 30 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom *
October 1 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount *
October 3 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
October 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
October 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore *
October 6 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring *
October 8 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte *
October 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre *
October 11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues-Orlando *
October 12 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing *
October 14 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live *
October 15 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater *
October 16 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues-Dallas *
October 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland *
October 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue *
October 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Foundry Hall @ SLS *
October 24 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater *
October 26 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
October 27 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre *
October 29 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
October 30 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre *
November 3 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre *
November 4 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium *
# = headline show
* = w/ Bad Religion, Dave Hause