Published Jun 08, 2010Floridian punkers Against Me! are constantly changing, and their new album, White Crosses continues the band's love of evolution. The record, which follows up 2007's major label debut New Wave, contains the group's most concise and straight-ahead material yet. Check it out for yourself at Exclaim.ca, where the record will be streaming all week long.
White Crosses will be hitting shelves on Tuesday (June 7), but you can listen to it now online by clicking here.
Marking Against Me!'s second full-length for Sire Records, White Crosses takes the band's love of clear-cut rock to new heights. At times, the band channel the Replacements in plaintive rock balladeering; elsewhere they harness the best of '80s new wave pop, while at other points taking on a punk rock race to the finish.
The album, the band's first with ex-Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo, features "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," which is the song that will make it clear that band main man Tom Gabel has seamlessly made the awkward transition from punk rock screamer to brilliant rock songwriter. But it's been a long journey - Gabel started the band as a solo project in 1997, playing acoustic punk. Through many band members, record labels, constant accusations of selling out and a "folk punk" label that is no longer remotely appropriate but that Gabel will never live down, he has emerged as one of today's great rock songwriters, and White Crosses is evidence of that.
White Crosses will be streaming on Exclaim.ca until June 14.
Stay tuned for these future full album streams on Exclaim.ca:
Gaslight Anthem American Slang June 15 to June 21
Wolf Parade Expo 86 June 22 to June 28