Against Me! Feature From The Inlander

Live With Pleasure!

Against Me! is just as crazy onstage as it’s always been.

Against Me!’s live show seems like an experiment — a clever test to see how unrelenting a punk concert can be while still remaining blissful and anthemic. The band, now a decade old, fills its shows with song after song of hammered power chords, Tom Gabel’s shredding vocals and poppy harmonies — leaving hardly a moment for the band, or the audience, to catch its breath.

“It’s non-stop,” Against Me! bassist Andrew Seward says. “You have to give it your all every night or there’s no point in doing it. You have to kill it. It’s mandatory. Mandatory kill.”

Against Me!’s commitment to play loud and hard every night hasn’t wavered, but the band did have a shaky last few months. The group parted ways with its label (Sire), drummer George Rebelo left to go back to his old band (Hot Water Music), and the group was forced to cancel the final months of touring in 2010.

The split with Sire comes after the group’s last album, White Crosses — one that didn’t sell as well as expected. And while Against Me! has a devoted set of fans, it has never been a band that produces singles — and the lead single from White Crosses was about teenage anarchism, for goodness’ sake. Not exactly a topic that resonates with mainstream America.

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