Turbonegro, Against Me!

Turbonegro

Against Me!

A Giant Dog

Thu, May 24, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

$27.00 - $30.00

This event is all ages

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Turbonegro
Turbonegro
It’s been over six years now since the word got out that the Titans from The Big O* (as in Oslo, Norway) were re-resurrected for a second time since their grimy beginnings back in 1989. «Hell, not even Jesus could do THAT!» music lovers worldwide wereheard to shriek.Back in the saddle, the band have crisscrossed the globe delighting fans old and new, packing ’em in from LA to Ålesund, Melbourne to Manchester and all points in between.November 2015 heralded the unveiling of not only the first new music since 2012’s Sexual Harassment but a new member for the group!Hot For Nietzschefound our boys on full throttle, staring the void right in the face and raising a glass to its honour. The video was shot on location in Vegas –a suitable backdrop for thedebauchery.TheHFNsingle release show in Oslo saw the stage debut of the newest edition to the denim recruits: Keyboard Wizard Crown Prince Haakon-Marius, a hugely invaluable addition to the line-up, according to Guitar Ubermensch Euroboy:«We’re happy to have a keyboard player back in the band again, six years after Pål Pot Pamparius performed his last show with the band. Crown Prince Haakon Marius is a friend of ours from the Oslo music scene and an amazing musician! We had so much fun getting back in the studio as a six piece, to record new material which the addition of a keyboard-player inspired the songwriting and the production.»Well, lightning does strike twice, because May 2016 saw ANOTHER new single! Just in time for final exams,TURBONEGROunleashedSpecial Educationto the unsuspecting public. A story of a teenage boy’s fall from academic grace and the cruel and unusual discipline he finds at the very bottom, the song was inspired by repeated watchings of Scum and The Story Of O on the tour bus VHS player; «They were the only tapes we had!» Guitarist Rune Rebellion confesses.Bass player and cultural commenter Happy Tom could not contain his excitement: «A golfer from Phoenix once claimed that school is «out». Norway José, au contraire say we: school is «in»! This saucy tale of sizzling hot sexual abuse will MAKE GOING TO SCHOOL GREAT AGAIN.»And so finally, in the wake of the infamous blizzards of the Scandinavian Winter of 2017, the savvy six gathered in the studio in Oslo to embark on the venture that is now about to be revealed to the world as theROCKNROLL MACHINE, their ninth studio album to date.
First new song shared(November 24th.)was the title track "RockNRoll Machine" -a song perfectly hitting the fine line between clever and stupid, without ever turning lukewarm. Everyone has been intrigued and frightened by all the talk about A.I. and robotification of society lately, this one is about bringing that tech-talk into boogie rock territory and stop thinking so much about tomorrow. The Rock and Roll Machine has all the traits you’ll find in a classic rocker: he keeps going all night, telling Tchaikovsky the news, but is still quite cheap and affordable, and, unfortunately a bit unpredictable (according to some reviewers), quickly becoming passé.Vocalist Tony Sylvester AKA The Duke Of Nothing had this to say about the new material: ”We’ve spent the the past 6 years honing our skills. The music we are releasing now is more distilled, more refined, more pointed, more powerful; we travelled to the future and this is what we heard on the radio!”Turbonegro ́s newalbum ”ROCKNROLL MACHINE” will be let loose on the World February 2nd, almost to the day 20 years after the release of their now classic ”Apocalypse Dudes” album, and willbe followed by Euro and US club tours, and a bunch of festival performances throughout 2018.
Against Me!
Against Me!
Laura Jane Grace - vocals/guitar // James Bowman - guitar/vocals // Inge Johansson - bass // Atom Willard - drums



Four years is a measurement of time that America has used for centuries to indicate change. Presidential terms last four years; high school diplomas and college degrees typically take four years apiece, too. It’s not an arbitrary thing, either: It typically takes that much time from the declaration of something changing for it to actually change.

Meet Laura Jane Grace. Four years ago, the Against Me! frontwoman came out as transgender; 18 months later, she released the band’s sixth album, the fiery Transgender Dysphoria Blues, one which she began working on before her transition and helped document the struggles she was facing. It was an intensely personal record that took on a life of its own, connecting with thousands of new listeners drawn to Grace’s honesty and complexity while still pleasing Against Me!’s dedicated fanbase.

Now, four years after Grace’s public reintroduction, Against Me! is ready to release their new album, Shape Shift With Me, September 16 on Total Treble. While much has changed in the lives of Grace and her bandmates—guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard—in that time period, it’s clear that those intervening years have done wonders for creativity.

“Everything with Shape Shift With Me has been really about keeping momentum going,” she says. “In between every tour we did for Transgender Dysphoria Blues, I would have a couple songs I had written and we would demo them. At the end of two years of touring, we had an album ready to record. Usually, you come off of touring for a record and you're back at square one. But this was so fully formed it felt like there was no choice but to go ahead and record the songs.”

Shape Shift With Me has the distinction of the first album Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It’s an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace’s songwriting for the past 20 years.

“Tons of people have written about love. But while love is cliché, it’s infinitely relevant. For me, having always been in a punk band that was expected to be political, I never felt like I had that option to write about feelings in that way. That’s what I ended up being drawn to this time. It’s writing in a way I thought I could never write before, and not giving a shit about expectations.”

As such, Shape Shift With Me is a loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator. But even though she was opening herself up to new songwriting topics, she knew what her mission was from the start.

“Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?” she asks rhetorically. “There needs to be more records about trans rights and everything like that, but feeling like I already did that, I wanted to move on to write commentary on living from a trans perspective. I wanted to write the transgender response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St., Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville and the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free. All those records are relationship records. There’s been an infinite amount of records talking about what love means from a cisgender perspective. I wanted to present the trans perspective on sex, love and heartbreak.”

With Grace’s new motivation came a new outlook on the band, as well. Previous albums found the songwriting process to be a largely solitary experience, but she embraced the spirit of collaboration for Shape Shift With Me—so much so that when Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers sent her some demos of songs he was working on for another project, she became inspired and ended up co-writing “Boyfriend” and “Norse Truth,” two of the album’s most memorable tracks, with him.

“It was just about opening up to whatever comes my way karmically,” Grace says. “Whatever everyone in the band is willing to offer, I just wanted to be open to it. I didn’t want it to be like what it was in the past where it may have felt closed. I want it to be different.”

In a career already full of classic punk records, Shape Shift With Me feels like the definitive Against Me! album—it’s poppy and catchy (“Rebecca,” “Suicide Bomber”), aggressive and in-your-face (“ProVision L-3,” “Dead Rats”), sentimental and longing (“Crash,” “All This And More”). Moreover, it’s the culmination of four years of existence as Laura Jane Grace—there’s no going back now, so she might as well embrace it.

“While I’ve always wanted the moon and the stars, I have a certain amount of humbleness,” she admits. “I just want to play shows and make records and write songs. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Of course I always want the biggest and best things for those shows and records and songs, but when it comes down to it, I just love doing it. I have no other ambitions or career goals.

“David Bowie put out 27 full-lengths. Prince put out 39 full-lengths,” Grace remarks. “That is so inspiring to me—working, creating art, creating records and let everyone else sort it out. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do and that’s what I will keep on doing.”
A Giant Dog
A Giant Dog
A Giant Dog were formed in 2008 and hail from Austin, Texas. Sabrina Ellis, Andrew Cashen and Orville Neeley all previously played together during their high school years in Houston. They latterly recruited Andy Bauer (2) and Graham Lowe to become a five piece.
Venue Information:
Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001
http://www.venturatheater.net