While their jump to a major label may elicit knee-jerk condemnations from ignorant, shithead punk fans eager to throw around terms like "sellouts" or whatever, Against Me!'s latest release stays true to the ethos of the bulk of their past material. It's full of the Florida crew's recognizably virulent political and social critiques and hook-heavy songwriting, yet still retains their sardonic brand of humour on songs like White People For Peace.
Seven years into the Bush administration, we've all heard enough politically charged punk proselytizing to make us sleepy, but Against Me! are skilled at making their music widely accessible and should be applauded for channelling both the youthful punch of the Clash and the narrative strength of Bruce Springsteen. While New Wave will probably compel you to pay attention to singer Tom Gabel's rasping rants, it's still a record that's pretty damn fun to dance around to.