Against Me! have had an interesting couple years recently with their changing band mates and singer Thomas Gabel finally accepting herself as Laura Jane Grace, but it seems like the band emerged anew with the interesting and semi-autobiographical Transgender Dysphoria Blues.
“True Trans Soul Rebel” is a very saddening tale of the life of a transgender person, dealing with the strife of transgender dysphoria. The instrumentation is great, it roars into each chorus with fury and life, and the vocals beg to be chanted. “Unconditional Love” is a little bleaker lyric-wise but the crowd chanting feel is still there. The drum rolls bring the whole band to shred with him and the clapping section brings the chanting to its apex. I saw the band for the first time this summer and I was swept off my feet instantly.