The band Against Me! was formed in 1997 in Florida, USA. The current lineup includes Laura Jane Grace and James Bowman. They are mostly famous for such songs as “I Was A Teenage Anarchist”, “Thrash Unreal”, and “Stop!” The band plays various music including folk punk and punk rock.
When Tom Gabel (who later underwent a sex change and became Laura Jane Grace) turned 16, he decided to form his own band. The name came from their debut demo album “Against Me!”.(1997) The next demo record was called “Vivida Vis!”(1998). The band released 500 copies of the album. It became popular thanks to the song called “Shit Stroll”. The band released three more demo albums.
In 2002, the band released their debut studio album Reinventing Axl Rose. The LP was recorded in No Idea Records studio. The album wasn’t as popular as the band members hoped for and didn’t manage to get into the charts.
In 2003, the band released a new album As The Eternal Cowboy, which they recorded in Fat Wreck Chords studio. Compared to the previous LP, this album became very popular among the heavy music fans. Some of the songs from that album made it into the charts. The LP itself reached the 36th spot on Billboard Indie Chart.