It’s that time of the year already! We’ve had a great 2014 here at Believe, soundtracked by amazing albums and EPs from some of the best artists and labels out there. As the tradition goes, throughout December we ask everyone at our London office to pick their favorite Believe release of the year and share why they love it.
To kick off the countdown, here is a rocking first pick!
Staff Pick #1
Artist: Against Me!
Release : Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
Release Date: 5th January 2014
Picked by: James Farrelly – Trade Marketing Manager
“When Laura Jane Grace, singer and guitarist of Gainesville, Florida punk rock heroes Against Me!, announced in a 2012 Rolling Stone magazine her plans to transition fully to become a woman few believed that Laura would have any less of the bite, talent and spit that she expressed as Tommy Gabel for so many years. Against Me!’s new album showed that Laura’s songwriting had developed way beyond the bar brawling political folk-punk of previous releases to a more considered and rousing sound. More pop than anything they recorded on their major label era-albums, but with the grit, passion and personal subject matter (living with Transgender Dysphoria) that would make the suits break out in a cold sweat. For me, the highlight of their triumphant show at Electric Ballroom in November, and on this album, is Laura’s scathing recollection of the her time as part of a major label, Black Me Out.” – James