Thursday, July 5, 2012
Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity
This "Searching for a Former Clarity" CD was the third full length studio album by these Gainesville, Florida punk rock band Against Me! that released in 2005 under Fat Wreck Chords. Against Me! is probably the best punk band to arrive on the scene since 2000. If you haven't already picked up the brilliant "Reinventing Axl Rose" and "As The Eternal Cowboy", you've missed out. In the best tradition of the Clash, Against Me! serves up protest rock with a nod to Woody Guthrie and the folk tradition and scream-along punk that won't let you stand still. Continue to challenge the boundaries of punk rock in an effort to further develop their sound, while ensuring that their mix of punk, folk, country, and blues was properly represented in the recording, Jay Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) was brought on as engineer/producer. The resulting 14 tracks tell a tale of the highs and lows of the band’s experience with their growing popularity, and their struggle to maintain their identity throughout."Miami" the opening track for this album is a rousing song that’s certainly going to become a crowd favorite for its sing-a-long friendly chorus, the band added horns to this song for the bridge. However, what really stood out the first time I heard this song was the lyrics. What makes this album a bazillion times more amazing and a bazillion times more meaningful is the content and substance to each of the songs. Likening their current situation to being in shark-infested waters, Against Me! have become the kings of the extended metaphor.
With political and intimate lyrics and edgy punk rock music, Searching for a Former Clarity is sure to satisfy anyone with a passion for good, hard music.
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