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Gabel began Against Me! as a solo project in 1997, then pieced together a band for the anthem-loaded 2002 album Reinventing Axl Rose. Long known for playing DIY folk-punk and relentlessly grinding through basement tours, Against Me! caught flak from DIY loyalists when they moved to well-known punk label Fat Wreck Chords in 2003. That backlash was followed by a bonkers shitstorm when the band signed a major-label deal with Sire in 2005—but they've since parted ways with the label. Against Me! started recording their sixth album this past February.