My first article for this paper (way back in 2001) was about a scruffy group of neckbearded Gainesville punks by the name of Against Me! From that sweltering Meow Meow show to Solid State and beyond, I've loyally followed the band whenever they've passed this way, even if my punk appetite subsided with age—as did my relationship to the brick-tossing protagonist of "Baby, I'm an Anarchist." Following the glistening studio sheen of major label releases New Wave and the recent White Crosses, it seems like Against Me! is in a similar position. While the fire isn't completely extinguished—see White Crosses' stellar title track or Tom Gabel's venomous solo single "Anna Is a Stool Pigeon"—it's clear that Against Me! have moved on. Now the only question that remains is, will their fans move with them? EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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