Interview: Against Me! – "This record for me, writing it was a really reflective period of time."
Thu, 22 Apr 2010 14:02:17
Against Me! Videos
Against Me! is the epitome of a successful punk band.
Most punk bands try to stay true to what they know of being "punk," a cliché that I like to refer to as "anti." After previously releasing music on a handful of independent labels, frontman Tom Gabel took the risk of not being "anti" and ditched Fat Wreck Chords and signed with major label Sire Records. Their major label debut New Wave was named the best album of 2007 by Spin Magazine and Rolling Stone called them the "Best Punk Band" in 2008. So haters can choke on that…
Tom took a break from the band to work on his solo project, but now he's back and ready to show that Against Me! is still truckin' true to their roots. Due to release this summer, is Against Me!'s second Sire release White Crosses, packed with influential punk anthems that anyone can relate to.
"The record in a way, growing up in Florida, has a lot of Florida in it because those were my experiences and that’s what I was drawing from," he passionately explains.
In the midst of gearing up to hit the road for their summer tour, Tom kindly took some time to sit down with ARTISTdirect.com’s Jessica Nguyen for an exclusive video interview about inspirations from his past experiences, what’s currently on his playlist and what to expect on White Crosses.
Check out the video here and below…