Music Scene: Against Me!, Truth & Salvage Co.

By Matthew Godbey  Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Against Me!

Against Me!

After spending nearly five years topping indie charts, it wasn’t until 2007, when Against Me! released its major-label debut, “New Wave,” on Warner Bros. imprint Sire Records, that the masses began taking notice.

Never mind that it was a record that came more than 10 years after the Florida quartet formed in its hometown of Naples.

Led by the Butch Vig-produced singles “White People for Peace” and “Thrash Unreal,” “New Wave” introduced the relatively unknown punk-rock band to a welcoming audience of mainstream critics and fans with its hammering punk/power-rock and experimental rock undertones.

The music is anthemic and enveloping, while vocalist Laura Jane Grace’s (formerly Tom Gabel) growling, eccentric voice is addictive with its melodious grit and power.

The band is set to release its sixth album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” next year. The album is titled in reference to Grace’s lifelong struggle with gender identity disorder and her recent decision to begin transitioning to living as a woman.

Against Me! will perform Saturday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Fake Problems. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show and are available at the Music Farm box office or online at etix.com. Call 577-6989 or go to musicfarm.com.

Truth & Salvage Co.

For the past few years, there has been a musical movement billowing out of California that’s spreading across the country.

It’s a revival of the Northern California rock scene made popular in the ’70s by artists such as Neil Young, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, among others.

The roots-rock revival has been dubbed the Laurel Canyon sound, named after the bohemian Los Angeles suburb where many of the genre’s best-known figures lived, and has caught steam in a growing post-folk singer/songwriter movement.

After seven years in the making, L.A.-based sextet Truth & Salvage Co. is one of the bands leading the genre’s resurgence. Like another merger decades ago between California bands L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose, Truth & Salvage Co. began as a collaboration between two popular L.A. bands, Scrappy Hamilton and Old Pike.

Before moving to L.A., Scrappy Hamilton had gotten its start in Asheville, N.C., touring with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and others while Old Pike was building a reputation in Indianapolis by opening for the likes of Ben Folds, Whiskeytown and John Mellencamp.

Old Pike eventually disbanded and its members dispersed to join My Morning Jacket and Rogue Wave, leaving front man Tim Jones solo in L.A. It wasn’t until Scrappy Hamilton relocated to L.A. in 2005 and musician/actor Adam Grace joined the scene the same year that Truth & Salvage Co. was born.

After being discovered by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, the band was signed to Chris and his brother Rich’s Silver Arrow label in 2008, releasing its debut EP the following year. The band’s self-titled debut was released in 2010 to glowing reviews. The album’s additional track, “Them Jeans,” later was picked up by Gap for the retailer’s online market.

The band will perform Sunday in Charleston as part of the Music 4 Vets tour, an offshoot of the Music 4 More charity. The organization also hosts events nationwide to raise funds and awareness for veterans and their needs.

Music 4 Vets aims to provide relief and healing to veterans in need through music. With Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka serving as the tour’s lead sponsor, the local distillery will be on hand to host various promotions.

Truth & Salvage Co. will perform at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Tim Brantley and Jesse Thomas. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at etix.com.

Call 571-4343 or go to charlestonpourhouse.com.