Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace wore many hats as a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Not only did her band perform, but she sat down for an interview with Meyers to discuss her new memoir.
Watch the powerful performance of “333” and clips from Grace's interview below.
In the interview, Grace explains that she's kept her journals from about 16-years-old and on—content that ended up filling her memoir, Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, which released on Nov. 15. When asked what she plans to do with the journal entries now that the book is out, Grace says, “I plan on burning them, a nice big bon fire.”
Grace reflects on her journey while transitioning, emphasizing the need for awareness and education about gender identity. “At a young age, I didn't have the words for it,” she says.
Meyers asks Grace about Against Me!'s long history of playing all sorts of venues—everything from a Subway to squats in Poland. “Those are the shows you remember,” Grace adds. “You have to transcend the room. It's about the connection with the audience.”
When addressing Against Me! concerts after she came out as a transgender woman, Grace says shows have become a safe space, so much so that venue staff are in a good mood afterwards—which is usually not the case.
The pinnacle part of the interview was Grace's comments on the use of “tranny” in the title of her memoir. On the controversial topic, she says:
“I hate that word. I definitely don't identify with that word. I don't like hearing it used for other people. It's almost mentally taxing to look at my book in ways. But it captures a lot of what the book is about. A lot of what the book is about is internalized transphobia and self-hate—and that's an experience I had, and I went through. It's an apt title for the book. There's a certain amount of reclamation with that. There's a certain amount even with the subtitle—of saying the thing about yourself that you fear the most or that you hate the most before anyone else can say it.”
Grace ends by talking about her seven-year-old daughter. About Against Me!'s music, Grace says, “She likes it enough. But she's definitely over the show experience. Being on a tour bus does not impress her.”
Here's Against Me! performing “333”:
Against Me!'s newest album, Shape Shift With Me, released on Sept. 16. Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout was co-written with Noisey editor, Dan Ozzi.