Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothershave just released the music video for“Apocalypse Now (& Later)”off their brand new, critically acclaimed debut album,Bought to Rot(streamandpurchase). Helmed by Marfa, TX-based filmmakerEmily Esperanza, “Apocalypse Now (& Later)” presents a serene take on relationships amid the chaos we all face in our daily lives via a vintage clip that looks as if it were lifted from the vaults of120 Minutes. Check out the video for “Apocalypse Now (& Later)”.
Bought to Rotis a record scorched with honesty across its 14 tracks, unapologetically confessional, capturing many moments snipped from Grace’s life and stitched together in song. As a complete body of work, the album stands as the most musically diverse collection of songs Grace has written to date, and is what she affectionately calls her “Scorpio” record – redolent in sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.
Additionally, the band has just announced its upcoming Spring 2019 North American headline tour. Featuring supportsMercy Union, the New Jersey rock quartet featuringJared HartofThe ScandalsandBenny HorowitzofThe Gaslight Anthem, andControl Top, the tour will take in 29 evenings across the U.S. and Canada and will begin with a visit to Austin, TX for the 2019 SXSW Music Festival. A full listing of dates can be found below and tickets can be purchased via the Bloodshot Records websiteHERE.
Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers areLaura Jane Grace,Atom Willard, andMarc Jacob Hudson. Grace is a musician, author, and activist best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock bandAgainst Me!Willard, also of Against Me!, is a drummer who has played in iconic punk bands such as Rocket from the Crypt, Social Distortion, and The Offspring. Devouring Mothers bassist Hudson is a recordist and mixer at Rancho Recordo, a recording studio and creative space in the woods of Michigan, and the sound engineer for Against Me!Bought to Rot
was written largely in motion – on tour, in Spain, Australia, Amsterdam hotel rooms, and some at home in Chicago. Although it’s a step and a twist away from Against Me!’s sonic blueprint, there’s still a kinetic punk energy that vibrates throughout as well as a refreshing sense of variety presented through a vast array of musical textures and lyrics that read like separate short stories. “My approach musically to the record was that I wanted it to feel like a mixtape,”Grace recently toldRolling Stone.“Like OK, you’ve got this Nirvana-like song, you’ve got a Cure song. It was musically freeing, in that way, to just be playing whatever was coming to me as I was writing and not having to think about it.”
In this spirit, the album spans a generous host of topics detailing Grace’s fractured relationship with her adopted hometown (“I Hate Chicago”), a tongue-in-cheek centerpiece to the album that has become a bit of a live favorite to Chicagoans and non-locals alike, the act of interpersonal acceptance (“The Friendship Song”), all-consuming affection until our ultimate demise [“Apocalypse Now (& Later)”], complicated romance (“The Airplane Song”), and reconciling everything in the end.
Written and recorded at a breakneck pace,Bought to Rotis finally here and ready to be consumed & dissected: to be loved, to be hated. It’s an album propelled by a sense of restless, forward motion and the inherent need for Grace to continue evolving as an artist and person the only way she knows how.“I don’t want to write about these same things anymore,”she continues.“I need some new sources of inspiration. And I don’t want to be negative. I want to write some positive, happy songs, and I wanted that to be inspired by positive, happy living, too.”Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers will be making the following appearances in 2018 and the Spring of 2019. Dates below with tickets availableHERE.
NOVEMBER 29 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall w/ Cory Branan
MARCH 2019 14-15 – Austin, TX – SXSW 16 – Houston, TX – The Studio at Warehouse Live * 17 – Dallas, TX – Keller Theater * 19 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf * 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar * 22 – Tustin, CA – Marty’s On Newport * 23 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour * 24 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill * 26 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile * 27 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub * 28 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir * 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall *
APRIL 2019 01 – Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater * 03 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room * 04 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House * 05 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave Bar * 06 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre * 07 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club * 10 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House * 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern * 13 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques * 15 – Buffalo, NY – Rec Room * 16 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop * 18 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom * 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts * 20 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents * 21 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair * 23 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel * 25 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle * 26 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight * 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Purgatory) * 28 – Nashville, TN – Basement East *