You’d think a live rock show would worsen a migraine.
Sure, I felt hot and sweaty from fever, my head was pounding and the amount of people throwing themselves on me made me think that perhaps this wasn’t my best idea. Yet, once Against Me! started playing, all my ailments melted away.
Laura Jane Grace is living her best life. Her energy radiates happiness and pure enjoyment of playing music. Experiencing this firsthand felt like I was actually being recharged with life.
The openers, The Dirty Nil and Bleached, were like the soothing tea you drink while you wait for the meds to kick in. Their melodic punk rock, filled with sing-along choruses and the killer guitar shredding helped me in a way the store brand NyQuil I’ve been taking every night hasn’t. Instead of waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, I spent the night banging my head along to fast and fun songs like “Fuckin’ Up Young” by The Dirty Nil and “Keep On Keepin On” by Bleached.
The crowd was a mix of concertgoers who wanted to stand still and absorb the medicinal melodies and others who used the tunes to release energy by thrashing, moshing and crowd surfing.
Against Me! played the hits, like “I Was A Teenage Anarchist,” which got me to forget the germs attacking my immune system. I was able to sweat out my sickness by jumping around with the crowd to songs that were there for me during an even more painful time in my life: puberty. “Do you remember, when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?” the band belted out. Everyone in Brooklyn Steel sang along.
My body was not happy with me the next day. But for those few hours of punk rock the music was able to take over and my spirit was able to take a break and loose control.
I don’t recommend this as a cold remedy but it did me some good, for sure. I’m no doctor, but who knows? Maybe punk rock is the cure to cancer or that super gonorrhea going around?
Catch the tour yourself and see if they’re coming to a town near you.