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The Acoustic EP is an especially fitting release from Against Me! After all, the band is based in the acoustic stirrings of singer Tom Gabel, who was performing solo as a teenager anywhere that would have him. His solitary musings eventually evolved into the full band of Against Me!, which can be as rowdy and boisterous as the next plugged-in group. This release, however, strips the songs down to Gabel's acoustic roots and makes him — and the songs — all the more powerful for it. Alternate versions of tracks one through three and five can be found on Reinventing Axl Rose, and though acoustic, they rock just as hard as their electric counterparts. But the standouts of this release come in the resounding camaraderie of "We Did It All for Don" and a sixth, untitled track not listed on the album's back cover and that comes as a surprise treat to unsuspecting listeners. This EP is a shining example of where Against Me!'s roots lie and is a must-hear for any fan. [Side note: If the choice presents itself, go for the CD version instead of the 7" — or both if for a collector — as tracks five and six are CD-only bonus additions.]


Formed: 1997 in Gainesville, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Before becoming a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was an acoustic solo project spearheaded by Laura Jane Grace, who began playing shows as a 17-year-old in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 1997, Grace performed as a solo act wherever anyone would have her, drawing much influence from early acoustic protest music. By 2001, she'd beefed up her sound with the help of a full band -- including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward -- but there would always be some...
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