Tom Gabel has led this Florida, USA-based punk band from its original incarnation as a solo act in 1997. Gabel began performing under the Against Me! name in his native Naples, playing low-key acoustic shows and recording a self-titled demo tape. Drummer Kevin Mahon joined him in 1998, augmenting Gabels basic guitar and vocal set-up but maintaining the original folk punk ethic. A five-track vinyl EP was released in a very limited pressing in 2000, and was followed by the first widely distributed Against Me! releases, the Crime, As Forgiven By Against Me! and Acoustic EPs. James Bowman (guitar/vocals) and Dustin Fridkin (bass/vocals) had by this point been brought into the line-up, and Warren Oakes replaced Mahon for the recording of the bands album debut Reinventing Axl Rose, which was released by No Idea Records in 2002. The first Against Me! recording to feature an all-electric band, the album featured new versions of older tracks such as I...
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