Punk rock band Against Me! brought their Transgender Dysphoria Blues Tour to the historic Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC with supporters The Shondes and The Sidekicks in tow. Though it was a Tuesday night, it did not stop punk rock fans from coming out and mostly filling the venue, enough to stand shoulder to shoulder. The entire night catered to a high energy environment very typical to what one would expect to see at a punk show.
Starting out the night, The Shondes took the stage and graced the crowd with an engaging performance. You couldn’t help but bob your head to the beat of the drums and the inclusion of a violin in each of their songs added feature not usually seen in rock. The instruments, as well as their players, complimented each other well and definitely helped create a very fluid and exciting performance. After a short set change, the second opener, The Sidekicks, made their way onto the stage. Every band member seemed to be in their own little bubble, each providing their own contribution to the performance. The audience took to them well, with a number of people looking up and singing back the lyrics. By the end of their set the crowd was cheering and getting antsy with anticipation for the headliners.
Just a few minutes short of 10 o’clock, Against Me! walk out to deafening screams from the audience. They opened their set with “FuckMyLife666” and as if on cue, a mosh pit broke out at the first note. Before the second song was even finished there were people crowd surfing with their horns up to the front of the stage. The mass of people looked like waves as they pushed each other back and forth throughout the set while Against Me! played a 22-song setlist. The set was made up of “New Wave,” “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” “I Was a Teenage Anarchist,” “Black Me Out,” “Thrash Unreal,” and “We Laugh at Danger (And Break All the Rules)” just to name a few. The audience was going crazy and by the end of the show I think it’s safe to say that over half the crowd was drenched in their own sweat. Not only did the energy given by the crowd fuel the band’s performance, but there were also numerous “I love you Laura” comments thrown out as well to frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. Throughout their time on stage, Against Me! emphasized their thankfulness to the fans and were just as pumped throughout the show as their fans were.
If you’ve never seen this band live, you definitely need to put it on your bucket list! Their live show alone will make you a fan if you aren’t already. Against Me!’s new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, comes out next week on January 21st so be sure to check it out!