If there is any Against Me! fan out there who doesn’t live under a rock, probably heard the news last night that Tom Gabel, frontman and founder of Florida’s punk band, Against Me! is about to start living her life as a women under the name of Laura Jane Grace.
My personal reaction was…..”WHAT THE F**K?” Not out of disgust or anything; just sheer shock. I listened to Against Me! on and off since I was 16-years-old and really got into them when they released “New Wave” in 2007. Most “true AM fans” will hate me when I say I think their last two releases, including “White Crosses” is some of the best music ever put out.
So after ignoring some of the obvious lyrics in their song “The Ocean” and lacking knowledge that Laura was suffering from gender dysphoria, forgive me for being a bit on the shocked side.
The band has a very rough sound, primarily the vocals, and the few times I’ve seen them live, it’s been a very in-your-face performance. This person was not on my top list of being transgender.
That being said, she’s got some serious balls. (pun intended). Against Me! has often been accused of selling out with the past two releases and this transition for the frontman(woman) is fucking punk rock as hell. Acknowledging that there will always be negative repercussions from this decision, she goes out and does what is best for her and people really should just leave it at that. I’m a fan of doing what makes yourself find ultimate happiness, as long as it doesn’t hurt others.
There will always be the debate about the couple’s daughter and her possibly being affected negatively, but she’s 2-years-old. I personally don’t remember shit at that age and it’s a young age that tends to be more loving and resilient than people that have reached adulthood. Gabel’s household, I can imagine, is very open minded and their daughter will be raised in that environment and that will only lead to one less asshole.
In a very strange fashion, I will miss “Tom Gabel.” While this decision does not concern me in any way, it feels like someone is gone forever. The only thing I care about is the music though. If good music keeps coming out, then I’m a happy camper. The writing ability and talents aren’t going away. So more power to Gabel for this decision if it maker her happy. So…….can Against Me! put out another album already?
Courtesy of Rolling Stone