LISTEN: Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Unleashes Transgender Dysphoria Blues
BY Parker Marie Molloy
January 13 2014 11:41 AM ET
Rocker Laura Jane Grace, who made news when she came out as transgender in a Rolling Stone interview in early 2012, has regrouped with her band, Against Me! and put together the group's most cohesive release to date.
The record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, just over 29 minues long, is stunningly consistent, and the band sounds reinvigorated. Front woman Grace, despite her reputation for writing brutally honest and often political lyrics, in the past simply hinted at transgender-specific themes. This is no longer the case, and on Transgender Dysphoria Blues, she seems to pour herself into the record, leading the band through 10 tracks of pain and personal growth, holding nothing back in the process.
For many trans people, the lyrics will hit close to home. For everyone else, the record serves as a brief glimpse into the oft-tortured mind of someone living with gender dysphoria. The album opens with the line, "Your tells are so obvious / Shoulders too broad for a girl," and continues directly addressing trans themes from there.