Against Me! © Melanie Smith
Against Me! © Melanie Smith

Against Me! © Melanie Smith

Against Me! | Milk Teeth | Mobina Galore
Manchester Academy II
December 7th 2016

Louder Than War shooter Melanie Smith went across to Manchester to photograph USA punk rock band Against Me! with support from two great bands Milk Teeth and Mobina Galore.

Two lively grungy punk bands opened the show, firstly two piece female combo Mobina Galore from Canada, followed by the hugely entertaining band Milk Teeth from Gloucestershire, led by frontwoman Becky Blomfield .

Against Me! © Melanie SmithAgainst Me! have played in all manner of venues from squats, subways restaurants, to huge arena shows, but tonight they played in Manchester’s Academy II to a huge warm reception. They have some really enthusiastic fans in Manchester and its great to see lots of audience participation. Front woman Laura Jayne Grace is hailed as a bit of an icon in the punk world due to coming out as a transgender woman in 2012. She recently penned her autobiography ’Tranny’, which is certainly one for my Christmas wish list.

They opened with True Trans Soul Rebel, the 2nd track taken from their Transgender Dysphoria Blues album. Shape Shift With Me is their seventh album released in September 2016 and they performed a huge chunk of this tonight.

Against Me! © Melanie Smith

Against Me! © Melanie Smith

Against Me! © Melanie Smith

True Trans Soul Rebel / 333/ 12:03 /Haunting, Haunted, Haunts/Unconditional Love/ Transgender Dysphoria Blues/ Miami/ White Crosses/ Dead Friend/Suicide Bomber/ Crash/ Rebecca/ Bamboo Bones/ Tonight We’re Gonna Give It 35%/ T.S.R. (This Shit Rules)/Cliché Guevara/ Walking Is Still Honest/ Pints of Guinness Make You Strong/ I Was a Teenage Anarchist/ Black Me Out.

Baby, I’m an Anarchist! / FuckMyLife666/ Americans Abroad/ Sink, Florida, Sink

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Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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