Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers to Play the Grog Shop in April

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Bought to Rot, the debut album from Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, has garnered praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Billboard, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and many more outlets.

The “unapologetically confessional” songs feature lyrics about Grace, a musician, author, and activist best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Grace wrote the songs while on tour in Spain, Australia and Amsterdam.

“My approach musically to the record was that I wanted it to feel like a mixtape,” Grace recently told Rolling Stone. “Like OK, you’ve got this Nirvana-like song; you’ve got a Cure song. It was musically freeing, in that way, to just be playing whatever was coming to me as I was writing and not having to think about it.”

Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever, the first album Grace ever owned, also inspired Bought to Rot.

"I bought a '64 Fender Jaguar off Stan Lynch, drummer of the Heartbreakers, and I always like to think that maybe Petty had picked it up and strummed a couple chords on it,” she says. “I always liked the idea of having my fingers dance on the same fret board as my hero."

Grace and Co. come to town on April 16 to play the Grog Shop.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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