Black Me Out - Against Me!

from the album Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014)

South by Southwest kicks into music gear this week.  I will be there.  Yippie.

One of the bands that I am most looking forward towards seeing is Against Me!.  They will be playing Thursday Night at the Red 7 Patio.  This venue will be great with artists like Chance The Rapper, Dum Dum Girls, and beach goth superstars Tijuana Panthers all taking the stage.   Looks like a good place to camp out.

Against Me! are an indie rock outfit currently based in Brooklyn, New York.  Their latest album is appropriately titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues, a nod to their frontwoman Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) who is currently in the midst of a gender transformation.  The record is a concept album about the experience.

To that backdrop, Black Me Out takes on special meaning with every lyrical statement.  Consider the first verse:

I don't ever want to talk that way again
I don't want to know people like that any more
As if there was an obligation
As if I owed you something
Black me out
I want to piss on the walls of your house
I want to chop those brass rings
Off your fat, fucking fingers
As if you were a king maker
As if, as if, as if
Black me out

As the song builds momentum, the vocals soar in a manner somewhat reminiscent Concrete Blonde.  Meanwhile, the band rocks with anthemic conviction and some of the best backing vocals I've heard in recent memory.

Do yourself a favor and explore this album and its incredible lyrical content, including FuckMyLife666 with the line "No more sleep.  There's a brave new world raging inside of me."  Now that is rock and roll.

I can't wait to see this show.  SXSW is going to be awesome.

Click Here to watch Black Me Out performed live.