Searching For A Former Clarity





Against Me! has released a third album, Searching For a Former Clarity, and in the process of doing so has proven their ability to sustain the perils of the industry. This third album, produced by Jay Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), focuses on a variety of issues, including the groups' struggle to maintain their identity in the face of raising popularity. But the band also takes time on their 14-track album to discuss a number of other very relevant topics which come as an ode to everything from bar room blitzing to imperative politics and produce a perfect blend of conscious wit and rock & roll antics. Against Me!, hailing out of Gainesville, Florida, collects inspiration from their surroundings by including elements of punk, folk, country and blues into their music. This eclectic combination has helped the group carve a nitch for themselves, providing a sound that has yet to be co-opted by a clear genre. Searching For Former Clarity is an often moody, eccentric accomplishment that will speak to hordes of disenfranchised youth all across the world. Throughout the album, frontman Thomas Gabel pours on his gruff vocals, which are reminiscent of a mix between Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Spike of Me First And The Gimme Gimme's. The album's opener, "Miami", has an intro that comes across like an awesome Nancy Sinatra ballad, but quickly turns into a punk rock anthem once the band unloads their jarring hook, "Miami, fucking Miami!" Photos of the band depict the members as rock & roll savages, violently thrashing at there instruments. And yet the music that is created by this five-piece reflects the highest in punk rock intellect. This is the type of music that could power you through a brick wall or perhaps, even inspire you to read the newspaper. With enduring melodies and lyrics that are often thought provoking in a way that doesn't alienate the modern listener, Against Me! have risen to the occasion with another excellent release.

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Searching For A Former Clarity