Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Reminiscing and Recalibrating With Laura Jane Grace

Music | August 17th, 2022

By Dylan Bender

dylanbender808@gmail.com

Against Me! Vocalist Laura Jane Grace has been finding a way to navigate a new world for artists, created by a post-pandemic world. Her Canadian tour, which was initially slated to begin in March, is kicking off in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 25, and ending at Fargo Brewing on September 29. She took some time out to chat about surreal career moments, maneuvering in the new world for artists, and pastimes to help deal with it all.

Releasing her last album, “Stay Alive,” in October of 2020, she found herself unable to tour but also developing a new mindset toward the touring cycles and releasing schedules that have been the norm for so long. She said “You could wait to release music and try to plan for when things open back up, and it would be safe to tour again. Or you could keep putting out music, and when it IS safe to tour again, just start touring. Diverging from the traditional model of releasing an album, and touring that exclusively.”

The new challenges don’t end at touring, however. As we all know, supply chain issues have caused many goods to rise in price or become more difficult to produce. This extends even to the production of vinyl records, which have seen large delays in production times. This is something Laura has dealt with for her September 2021 e.p. “At War With the Silverfish.”

Noting the irony, she said “the early bird special preorder color is still not done being manufactured because of holdups with the pressing plant. So it’s like if that's the way it’s gonna be if it takes a full year to get vinyl pressed I don’t think you can think in those terms. You just have to have more separation as an artist between the idea of releases and promotion. Put out stuff as you record it and as it feels right, and tour as it feels right, and hopefully it's promoting everything.”

When Laura started playing shows again in August of 2021 she did so tentatively, playing a few shows a month, so that if anything were to happen it wouldn’t be a large financial setback. One was at the Four Seasons Landscaping Company, the site of Rudy Guliani’s infamous 2020 speech. As a sort of mocking gesture, a surreal experience, and a good way of signifying a return to performances.

Returning to shows is invigorating, even in an altered world, and it brought some other standout memories to Laura Jane’s mind. A moment like playing with Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett at Cyrus’ LA home saying “It was a surreal moment, comparable to playing the place where Guliani had a press conference, but also at a totally different end of the spectrum.” Moments like a festival in Germany where the stage was at the end of a cattle trough in a barn.

A show in the basement of a bagel shop in Columbus, Ohio. In a room filled with exposed wires, watching the hot sweaty condensation accumulate on the walls, and seeing the wires start to spark. She recalled thinking “‘Oh my god! This is NOT fucking safe, we need to get out of here!’ And then just playing on anyways, and somehow it works out.”

After talking for a while about great moments from the past and adapting to the challenges of the future, she spoke about some of the things that helped her keep collected during the last few uncertain years. During the first year of Covid, running helped keep her grounded. “I would just go running all day long. To the point where in November, the day before my 40th birthday, I broke my foot, and it was just because I had been over-exerting, and over-running. I was just stress-running.” She said that she still keeps the habit up and that it's a great way to explore cities while on tour. She noted as well that she had spent many hours reading, and with music. Her three big passions, with a strong nod to the runner-up, coffee.

_________________

IF YOU GO

Laura Jane Grace will be performing at the Hall at Fargo Brewing Hall on September 29th at 8pm, with support from Pass the Flask. 

Tickets can be purchased at: https://jadepresents.com/event/2022-laura-jane-gra...




Recently in:

By Laura Simmonslaurasimmons2025@u.northwestern.edu Gerald Briggs, the Warren County Mississippi Fire/EMS chief, was at a festival in February 2020 when a local law enforcement officer asked him if he had heard about the explosion…

By Michael M. Millermichael.miller@ndsu.edu Dwight Herr interviewed his father, Julius E. Herr of Wishek, North Dakota, in June 1979. Dwight provided a transcription and donated the “Life Story of Julius E. Herr” to the Germans…

Saturday, March 1611 a.m.Downtown FargoWear something green and celebrate spring during Fargo-Moorhead’s premier parade. Thousands of spectators line the streets, so arrive early to snag a prime spot. This community celebration…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.com When one googles “What traits are desirable in a new employee,” some of the first words that pop up “from sources around the web” include “communication,” “team player,”…

By Ed Raymondfargogadfly@gmail.comPoliticians could learn a lot by watching dung beetles work for a livingThe 400,000 species of beetles is the largest order of insects discovered on Planet Earth, so far. Insect researchers believe…

By Rick Gionrickgion@gmail.com Holiday wine shopping shouldn’t have to be complicated. But unfortunately it can cause unneeded anxiety due to an overabundance of choices. Don’t fret my friends, we once again have you covered…

By Rick Gionrickgion@gmail.com In this land of hotdish and ham, the knoephla soup of German-Russian heritage seems to reign supreme. In my opinion though, the French have the superior soup. With a cheesy top layer, toasted baguette…

The Aquarium, 226 Broadway North upstairs, Downtown FargoFriday, December 8, 7:30-11pmDoors 7:30 pm // Music 8 pm21+ // $10 advance // $12 DOSOver two decades, Christmas songs have appeared throughout Owen Ashworth’s recorded…

Now playing at the Fargo Theatre.By Greg Carlson gregcarlson1@gmail.comPalme d’Or recipient “Anatomy of a Fall” is now enjoying an award-season victory tour, recently picking up Golden Globe wins for both screenplay and…

In the 20th and 21st centuries, the pursuit of knowledge has directed humankind to new horizons – the ocean depths, the infinite reach of space, and the hidden secrets of cells and microbes…or to Artificial Intelligence, which…

By John Showalterjohn.d.showalter@gmail.comHigh Plains Reader had the opportunity to interview two mysterious new game show hosts named Milt and Bradley Barker about an upcoming event they will be putting on at Brewhalla. What…

By Annie Prafckeannieprafcke@gmail.com AUSTIN, Texas – As a Chinese-American, connecting to my culture through food is essential, and no dish brings me back to my mother’s kitchen quite like hotdish. Yes, you heard me right –…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comNew Jamestown Brewery Serves up Local FlavorThere’s something delicious brewing out here on the prairie and it just so happens to be the newest brewery west of the Red River and east of the…

By John Showalter  john.d.showalter@gmail.comThey sell fentanyl test strips and kits to harm-reduction organizations and…

JANUARY 19, 1967– MARCH 8, 2023 Brittney Leigh Goodman, 56, of Fargo, N.D., passed away unexpectedly at her home on March 8, 2023. Brittney was born January 19, 1967, to Ruth Wilson Pollock and Donald Ray Goodman, in Hardinsburg,…

By Faye Seidlerfayeseidler@gmail.com On the first day of the month I ask people to thank a journalist they know or someone who contributes to papers in some meaningful way. When I grew up, my best friend's father was a journalist…