The Florida-born singer will release the new project’s debut album ‘Brought To Rot’ via Bloodshot Records on November 9th, in her first appearance since Against Me!’s latest studio album ‘Shape Shift With Me’, released in 2016.
Although The Devouring Mothers represents a new way to express herself out of the main band, Laura Jane Grace will still be backed by old Against Me! friends such as drummer Atom Willard and engineer/mixer Marc Jacob Hudson in bass duties.
Grace said the release of the new album doesn’t mean she is quitting Against Me!, so fans can remain calm. Nevertheless, she is quite vocal about the idea that this new project provides her songwriting with fresh air.
“It felt really relieving to be like, ‘OK, this isn’t an Against Me! record, so I can say whatever the f**k I want!” Grace said to Rolling Stone magazine.
And indeed, the debut single ‘Apocalypse Now (& Later)’, which lasts for just over two minutes, instantly feels different to what we have listen in the past.
The stubborn strum of an acoustic guitar opening the track is followed by the clean sound of the drums, carrying us away from overdrive pedals and hard-hit snares and cymbals.
“Don’t ever hold back what you’re saying to me / Don’t ever restrain, just be. / I never half-measure anything / If it’s worth it to you, that’s where I wanna be,” Grace sings in a much more relaxed way than usual.
“On top of the world, at the end of the world, with you,” the singer goes on in the chorus, in what turns out to be an earworm straight away.
In November, the 37 year-old singer and her band will present the new album in a short run of seven dates in the US. The mini-tour will finish with three gigs in Chicago, Grace’s hometown, a city that has played a major role in the songwriting of the new tracks.