hmv.com reviews... Against Me! @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our final day at Download Festival continues with power-punk rockers Against Me!, let's see how they fared...
Against Me!, Florida's gruff, heart on their sleeve, power-punks, currently touring their new record Transgender Dysphoria Blues (which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page).
Download Festival, over on the Pepsi Max Stage.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The tent was quite quiet to start off with, but filled up quickly and was full to the back by the time the set came to a close.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It's fair to say that since Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel announced that he would transition to living as a woman and has begun her life as Laura Jane Grace, interest in the band has been renewed. It would have probably all dissipated by now though, had they not delivered such an outstanding new album, an album which they had prominently on show today. Taking the vast majority of their 35-minute set from Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the set absolutely flew by, with 'FuckMyLife666', 'True Trans Soul Rebel' and 'Unconditional Love' going down particularly spectacularly. There was a nod to the past with a vicious run through 'I Was A Teenage Anarchist', but this was all about the new record, which came across live brilliantly.
Any good between song banter?
Not much, Grace kept her between song chat to introductions, and even they were just a sentence each. She did seem quite overwhelmed at the end though, thanking the crowd a few times and promising the band would be back soon.
Did they put on much of a show?
You can't do much in the tent, but they did have a nice arty banner.
What was the highlight of the set?
It was a high voltage set, with every track going down superbly, but the biggest cheers were reserved for 'Unconditional Love', which was a rollicking good time for everyone assembled.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got a few more European festivals, then a US tour. Grace did promise that the band would be back soon though, so let's hold them to that.
hmv.com will be at Download Festival across the weekend of June 13th to June 15th, bringing you interviews and reviews.