Against Me! are continuing to do what they have been doing so successfully for nearly 20 years—tour. The Gainesville-native four-piece started a pulse-pounding punk fury back in 2001 with their Crime (Ep) and haven’t let up for a minute since.
Back in December, Against Me! announced a run of dates for March and April of this year, and now they’re tacking on even more shows for May.
Vocalist/guitarist Laura Jane Grace, guitarist James Bowman, bassist Andrew Seward and drummer Atom Willard spent the first part of this year writing and recording the follow-up to their 2016 release, Shape Shift With Me. Beginning in March, the band will resume touring with Stef Chura opening nearly all of the dates.
The new tour kicks off in Detroit, MI on May 1 and will end in Stroudsburg, PA on May 30.
Speaking on the tour, Baroness founder John Baizley couldn’t be more excited.
“It’s extremely exciting to get back out on the road in the U.S., this time with our friends in Against Me! We love tours that offer this much variety of sound. While our styles or sound may differ, we share some background in common,” Baizley says.
“Our two bands originate from the deeply Southern U.S., we’re both products of the independent/DIY community and as we’ve grown, we’ve both worked tirelessly to maintain an ever-evolving independent and creative spirit. When we were a very young band, we looked up to and admired Against Me! In ’04, or ’05, I remember our vehicle breaking down in Gainesville, Fla. While we were struggling in vain to fix a road-worn vehicle, we ran into Against Me! (whom we did not know at the time).”
“After hearing our troubles, and without a moment’s hesitation, they helped an out-of-town band of strangers fix their vehicle and get back out on the road. From that day forward, I’ve had a profound respect for the band… we cannot wait to get on tour with them.”
Laura Jane Grace beat the hell out of 2019 with a workaholic fury. The band completed the 2 Nights/4 Records/48 Songs tour where they played four albums (2005’s Searching For A Former Clarity, 2007’s New Wave, 2010’s White Crosses and 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues) in five different cities.
Grace and drummer Willard also enlisted producer Marc Hudson to play bass for her solo project, Laura Jane Grace And The Devouring Mothers, whose debut album Bought To Rot was released by Bloodshot Records in November 2018. The trio toured extensively in 2019, only resting to work on Shape Shift With Me‘s successor.
Tickets for this new tour go on sale at 10 a.m. local time this Friday, Feb 28 here. A special fan pre-sale will begin Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. local time with the password AM2020. A full list of Against Me! tour dates is below.
03/11 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts
03/12 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
03/13 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
03/14 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
03/17 – State College, PA @ Re//Bar
03/18 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
03/19 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
03/20 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
03/21 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
03/22 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground, Fillmore Charlotte
03/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
03/25 – St. Augustine, FL @ Backyard Stage at St. Aug.
03/26 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/27 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
03/28 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
03/29 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic NOLA
03/31 – Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall
04/01 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
04/02 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
04/04 – Atlantic City, NJ – The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival (Against Me! only)
Dates w/ Baroness
05/01 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
05/02 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection ^
05/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
05/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue ^
05/06 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall ^
05/07 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown ^
05/08 – Fort Collins, CO @ Washington’s ^
05/10 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House ^
05/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox ^
05/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre ^
05/13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre ^
05/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom ^
05/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo #
05/17 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC #
05/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom #
05/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater #
05/22 – Dallas, TX @ The HiFi Dallas #
05/23 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
05/24 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater #
05/26 – Nashville, TX @ Brooklyn Bowl #
05/27 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom #
05/29 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore #
05/30 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater #
^ – Destroy Boys supporting
# – Drug Church supporting
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