Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace has surprise released a new solo album called Stay Alive. It’s out now via Polyvinyl, while a physical release will be available on December 11 via Big Scary Monsters. The album was recorded between July 6 and 9 with Steve Albini at the producer’s iconic Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. Take a listen below.
“We came home from the Against Me! tour we were on in March, and right before we left, we had been in the studio working on songs, and I had been working on them for months prior,” Grace explained in a statement. “I sat around for a month-and-a-half at a home just being shell-shocked being like, ‘What the fuck happened and what the fuck is happening with the world?’ As I started to get my bearings, I just came to the realisation that waiting was going to kill the record and kill the songs. I spent two years working on all these songs, and the idea of throwing them away didn’t sit well with me. But then I was like, ‘What am I waiting for?’ All I have to do is adjust my scope. I can sit here on my fucking ass and do nothing, or I can work.”
She added: “I just want to put this out because it makes me feel alive and it’s giving me something better than sitting here losing my mind while the world falls apart. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about what you do. Just stay alive.”
Stay Alive marks the follow-up to Grace’s solo debut, 2018’s Bought to Rot, and her first for Polyvinyl.