Against Me! as The Eternal Cowboy
(taken from conversation in Roger Federer Forum)
Yes, I have heard of them and know some people via mailing lists that like them quite a bit, although I haven't been fairly been through the body of work. I mostly get references to Against Me! via the Wilco (and Billy Bragg) mailing list I belong to. I love Folk Punk Rock quite a bit going back to music from Dylan through Elvis Costello, Magazine, The Clash, Billy Bragg ("Brewing Up With" is favorite), Wilco, Husker Du, Will Oldham and Palace, etc.. I have been intermittently watching Underground rising punk bands since I first bought the Trouser Press Guide for 90's music about a decade ago. I love Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, the Meat Puppets and the Replacements; a couple of these artists are listed as major influences for Against Me! in the All Music Guide. Great song off As the Eternal Cowboy:
Sink, Florida, Sink (Accoustic)
Biography by Johnny Loftus
The roots of Against Me!'s rousing punk-folk sound lie in Tom Gabel's role as guitar-and-stool troubadour around his native Gainesville, FL, beginning in 1997. The then 17-year-old Gabel performed as a solo act wherever anyone would have him, drawing much influence from early acoustic protest music. The band around him would eventually solidify by 2001 — including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward — and get considerably louder as punk bands often do. But there would always be some anarchism and Billy Bragg in the raucous braggadocio. After a few initial 12" and 7" releases, Against Me! issued the fan favorite Reinventing Axl Rose through No Idea in 2002. The underground hit blended elements of punk, folk, and country into socially conscious and impassioned anthems for late-night basement shows and bars. Continuing their reputation of always being on the road, countless tour dates were played around the country.
The slightly more polished As the Eternal Cowboy followed from Fat Wreck in 2003, and after a DVD (We're Never Going Home) and another 7", the band returned with its most mature effort to date, 2005's Searching for a Former Clarity. A subsequent headlining tour in support of the introspective and politically aggressive album saw the band proudly hitting every U.S. state. They signed to Sire Records in December 2005 and were back on the road by spring 2006 opening for the Alkaline Trio. That summer found Against Me! on the main stage at the Warped Tour, their first time on the festival. Though the guys were officially now on the roster at Sire, they released the live album Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!! on Fat Wreck in August 2006. Recorded while on tour in London with Murder by Death, it harnessed the band's invigorating live show as well as any album could. Finally, in July of the following year, the band's major-label debut, New Wave, a decidedly more rock-oriented record produced by Butch Vig, hit shelves.
"As the Eternal Cowboy" 4 stars (out of 5...about as high as you can get on this site if not Media darling - Review on All Music Guide. Note: 3 of their other albums get 4.5/5 stars which is the same thing as getting 5 stars if the band isn't U2)
Though not without the hallmarks of Fat Wreck Chords punk, Against Me!'s As the Eternal Cowboy marks a giant leap forward for the label by combining poppy punk rock with leftist politics, Billy Bragg's raspy anti-folk, and the Replacements' beer-soaked version of Americana. The Gainesville, FL, outfit may have embraced a slightly slicker production than with its fan favorite, Reinventing Axl Rose, but no matter how you stack it, As the Eternal Cowboy is an accomplished record of country-folk-punk that would only qualify as over-polished by the most hard-lined, anti-bar code punk kids' criteria. From the opening swampy croon and (decidedly un-swampy) Elvis — that's Costello not Presley — rant of "T.S.R." to the sleepy country ballad "Sink, Florida, Sink," Against Me! is inventive and strikingly emotional compared to its contemporaries, and uses its influences brilliantly without sounding derivative. The album's main weakness is that at under 30 minutes, it comes and goes before you know it. But if the Pogues of the South sounds of "Cliché Guevara" and "You Look Like I Need a Drink" are any indication, the band will put out its rambling, shambling slow album one day. At its best, As the Eternal Cowboy is one of the few early-2000s punk albums that transcends its genre and has the rock & roll clout to storm the mainstream.
Tom GabelThe Pogues
O Pioneers!!!Group Members
Obviously, I noticed you we're discussing the Pogues not too long ago. So, Eternal Cowboy, are you just a fan or are associated with the band?