Video: Against Me Premieres True Trans Soul Rebel Clip, Live Album

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Against Me!Have released a clip for the track ‘True Trans Soul Rebel’, created by visionary director and artist Steak Mtn You can see the clip at this link or below:v=k1wj6oWQ3wg

The track comes off of the forthcoming live album 23 Live Sex Acts releasing on September 4th in partnership with Total Treble and InGrooves. The track listing for the album can be found below. In addition the already acclaimed series from AOL Originals Docu-Series, True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, has been nominated for an Emmy® Award in the News & Documentary category.

23 Live Sex Acts track listing:

01. FUCKMYLIFE666

02. Pints of Guinness Make You Strong

03. Cliché Guevara

04. True Trans Soul Rebel

05. I Was A Teenage Anarchist

06. New Wave

07. Walking Is Still Honest

08. Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists

09. Transgender Dysphoria Blues

10. Pretty Girls (The Mover)

11. I Still Love You Julie

12. High Pressure Low

13. Don’t Lose Touch

14. Miami

15. White Crosses

16. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ

17. How Low

18. Black Me Out

19. Thrash Unreal

20. Unconditional Love

21. The Ocean

22. Sink, Florida, Sink

23. We Laugh At Danger and Break All The Rules

 

Against Me!, photo credit Johnathan Minto

Against Me!, photo credit Johnathan Minto

Against Me! Tour dates

Sep 04: Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony (Red Bull Sound Select curated by Brooklyn Vegan)
Sep 23: Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades *
Sep 24: San Francisco, CA – Slim’s *
Sep 25: Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *
Sep 26: Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater *
Sep 27: Las Vegas, NY – Life Is Beautiful Festival

* = w/ Cayetana, Annie Girl & the Flight

 

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Failure – The Heart is a Monster

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L.A. Alternative Rock trio Failurenever quite made it the same way some of their cohorts did. In another world, they could have been as big as Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins or even touring buddies Tool. Alas, it wasn’t to be and the band parted ways in 1997.

Fast forward to today, however, and Failure are back with a new album. Crowdfunded via PledgeMusic, The Heart is a Monster (INresidence) is the band’s first album in 19 years – and first since 1996’s critically acclaimed Fantastic Planet (Slash). The trio – Ken Andrews [vocals, guitar, bass], Greg Edwards [guitar, bass, keyboards] and Kellii Scott [drums] – have rustled up an hour long journey of retro grunge/alt rock.

A combination of new tracks and recordings of songs that actually predate the band’s 1992 debut, the album fits in well with the group’s legacy without sycophantic rehashing, but also lacks focus. The album’s 18 tracks clock in at just over an hour and with six short ambient-style instrumental interludes, there’s an excessive amount of fat that could have been trimmed.

Considering the personnel involved, it’s no great surprise the band blend the quieter moments of Queens of the Stone Age and A Perfect Circle, and when it’s good, it’s an enjoyable journey, managing to be abrasive and challenging without being aggressive. The likes of ‘Hot Traveller’ or ‘Atom City Queen’ blends darkly melodic with dissonant guitars and wouldn’t have sounded out of place on QOTSA’s …Like Clockwork (Matador) ‘The Focus’ is as close to a straight rock song as they get, while ‘I can See Houses’ could almost pass for shoegaze.

However there’s also plenty of moments that are largely uninspiring or plain forgettable. The likes of ‘Otherwhere’ feels like filler while ‘Come Crashing’ sounds like soft grunge that wouldn’t have stood out back in the 90s. Overall, it’s a dense and at times tiring listen while the large number of ‘Segue’ instrumentals become fatiguing, especially in the final third of the record.

Though it will no doubt please the fans who have been waiting almost a lifetime for a new record, I can’t say I’m overly impressed. Maybe I’m missing the nostalgia factor, but this is a really disappointing listen. After a gestation period to rival Chinese Democracy (Geffen), The Heart is a Monster is mostly underwhelming, and slightly depressing.

7.0/10

DAN SWINHOE

Video: Failure Debuts New Video For Hot Traveler, New Album Next Week

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Video still from Failure’s ‘Hot Traveler’ video, directed by Ken Andrews

 

Failureunveiled a new video for the track ‘Hot Traveler’ today. The video can be seen at this link or below:

 

 

The video for ‘Hot Traveler’ was filmed in downtown Los Angeles by Faliure’s Ken Andrews. The track comes off of The Heart Is A Monster (INresidence) due out next week.

 

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