Laura Jane Grace has released a new EP today, but you won’t know it if you don’t pay attention.
At a time when society, punk rock and everything in it is much more online than ever before, Grace Stealth-Drop Battle with Silverfish (Via Polyvinyl Records) Her fellow cultural icon, Beyonc করেছিলেন, did for her 2013 self-titled album. On the one hand, publishing a new project without any promotion or announcement requires a certain amount of courage and understanding about the foundation of your fans. Occasionally mysterious tweets). On the other hand, it’s not like anyone really has a “how to release an album during a global epidemic” playbook drafted, so why not just go with it?
“These are certainly unprecedented times where we live, so the usual way to set a record and then go on tour to promote it like a year is not possible right now for obvious reasons,” Grace said on Zoom. “Also, nowadays the time to change vinyl is ridiculous. So the idea of trying to release time and the old way you planned to release it – it just doesn’t work. I’ve only been trying to stay healthy for the last year and a half or whatever, so I’m in this kind of mentality ‘just keep working. Just keep writing songs. Share them when you are excited about them so that it seems relevant to you. ‘Then when things start to open up and there’s a chance to go out and show up – or once the vinyl is ready – let it happen as soon as it’s ready to happen. I’m not trying to strictly control everything and define it with this plan or something like that. ”
Whenever he mentions a new EP, Grace smiles all over, and her recent work combines the brilliant vision that she maintains today with the thoughtful songs and songwriting she has been bringing to Punk Rock for decades. Like most of his work, the seven tracks showcase much of his daily thinking and experience over the past 18 months (from physical to dramatic), but still smooth and deeply related to recent people’s combined experience but nonetheless Battle with Silverfish Written, recorded and published during this seemingly never-ending epidemic, it is certainly not an “epidemic album.”
“I consciously wanted to do something that had nothing to do with the epidemic,” Grace said. “I didn’t want it to be focused here and now. I think I had these songs, and I don’t really know what they are. These are just some of the songs I’ve been making fun of in the last few months. A song like ‘Day Old Coffee’ is obviously day after day of being locked inside your chowder apartment, drinking coffee and jumping off the wall. It’s kind of light and fun, but there are also deeper moments. I was in an almost isolated state – it didn’t want to be any kind of recognition or reaction to what was happening in the world.
With the new EP, Grace is returning to the habit of performing live, even after the longest cut in her adult life. Despite having nearly a quarter of a century of live music under his belt, he said he lost all the muscular memories he had during quarantine. He imitates holding a high guitar because he explains that recently he had to ask himself “How do I stand on stage?” And “How do I catch a guitar now?” He planned for 2021 while preparing for the dozen-ish show. Of course, the most memorable event of the year has probably already taken place, as he (along with Brendan Kelly of Lawrence Arms) is back on stage in the second episode – one of the most famous performances in the history of Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
“The Four Seasons show was fun, because the whole incident left me with a lot more questions than answers about the history of the scene,” Grace said with a laugh. “It was a really great show and a great atmosphere, and those who showed it had the best strength. The situation spoke to the situation that way. Since I told my friend that I was there, if you take up the subject of everything, it’s actually so much on paper. If a tour manager wakes you up and says, ‘OK, you’re playing in a landscaping company’s parking lot at 10:00 in the morning,’ you’ll be disappointed! But because of everything around it, it was the best thing ever.
Decades ago, performing in the world’s most famous landscaping store may seem like a low light for career highlights and grace at the same time (although Rudy Giuliani’s press conference in the early 2000s took luck seriously when explaining the disaster), but nowadays , He moves it forward. Back when he formed against me! – which was “all the motives and purposes around // 11” – he thought something “cool” or significant in both music and life, in general, happened decades before he was on the scene. He hasn’t expected to see his band for the past 25 years, has released seven albums, and has helped popularize a punk rock brand with common anarchy, frustration and anger, as well as intelligence, complex emotion and the value of acoustic guitar. He probably didn’t even think he would start a successful solo career to run in parallel with the band, after becoming the most famous and favorite LGBTQ icon of all music and finally surviving the epidemic.
But now something is different. Grace has the view that only a few decades in the industry (a “living”, as she sees it) can give her. He realizes that climbing high and low is part of the same game, and it all comes down to putting one foot in front of the other and writing one song after another until he finally gets where he is going – and then immediately picks a new destination. He is not concerned with publicity Battle with Silverfish, Balance against me! With her single work, or where the consuming mothers fit into everything. He’s just releasing the songs he wants to get out, and the rest he wants to get out as soon as he gets out. Hell, as far as he knows, he may have revealed a handful of futures in my hands! Classic, he may not realize it for another decade or two.
“When I was younger – and I think it applies to everyone in a band – it could have been more rigorous, ‘If it’s a solo record, these have to be solo songs and they can be all.’ But then you learn that they can still be whatever you want.We have no reason to accept one of these songs and not let it work against me! Record it, it’s against me! Main, and we end up playing it every night. The limitations that actually exist between things are your own things and they’re really false and misleading. And I don’t define it strictly. ”