AGAINST ME!: Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!!: CD

So, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that this is a live recording. Right? Up front and center stage, I will confess that I am no authority on this band. I’m one of those people who can casually listen to them here and there, but I do not go out of my way to listen to them or own anything by them. Just not my thing. I respect what they do—maybe not their major label signing. I think with their sound, they are not as destined as, say, AFI and even Rise Against, who have a lot more crossover appeal to the masses. But, I do want to rant about Pat Graham. Who? He is the photographer for the booklet of the CD. It’s basically a photo zine of AM! or a coffee table book for gnomes. His photography reminds me a lot of Razorcake’s Dan Monick by taking pictures of things in an environment where others around you won’t normally notice or even find interesting. Also, a lot of photographers have jumped on the blurring of images bandwagon when it comes to live band shots. There is too much of it out there, and I’m not moved by a lot of them, but Pat does it well. He adds additional feeling to pictures that otherwise might come off as bland. All the photos are printed in black and white; I love that. I think it best represents punk rock music and really captures the emotion better than color. So, I may have not been excited about the music. But they have enough fans out there. Kudos to them for using the photographs they chose for this release.

 –don (Fat)