Tom Gabel starts own label, reissues ‘White Crosses’

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After Tom Gabel completed “White Crosses” a couple of years ago — his anthemic fifth masterpiece with his Florida punk outfit Against Me! — he sat back and saw that it was good.

“I felt like I had to give it everything I had,” he told us at the time. “When I was writing it, I started thinking about the artists that I look up to, and the artists who’ve had long-standing careers, and the records that defined them. Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, whoever — their breakthroughs were when they stopped trying to project themselves into somebody that they wanted to be and just finally accepted who they were. So for ‘White Crosses,’ I tried to make a composite of ‘This is who I am, this is who we are, and that’s the way it is.’”

But Gabel soon discovered that they were against him.

He was summarily dropped from his Sire/Warners imprint last year, with essentially a catalog-deleted cutout album to promote as his band toured the world.

Not exactly a heartening situation. But — remarkably in cold, clinical showbiz — his story has a happy ending.

The man simply formed his own imprint, Total Treble Music, issued a brand new digital single — “Russian Spies” b/w “Occult Enemies” — and regained the masters to the Butch Vig-produced “Crosses,” which he’s issuing in a new 28-track, two-disc/3-LP set on July 26.

It will include the ten original songs, plus four bonus tracks from the deluxe edition, as well as a full “Black Crosses” collection of alternate takes and unreleased tracks. It will also feature the originally-intended artwork by Steak Mtn.

Against Me! is part of the Warped Tour this summer, as well as the upcoming Blink-182 jaunt. Then they’re heading right back into the studio for Album No. 6. Done their own way this time.

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