Citing lead singer Louisa Solomon’s past comments on Israel, DC Jewish Community Center cancels THE SHONDES concert due to lead singer’s views on Israel and Palestine. by The Shondes

Both Solomon and Shondes' violinist Elijah Oberman are long-time advocates and activists for Palestinian rights and have frequently discussed their politics. The Shondes have also played benefits for organizations like Birthright Unplugged and Jews Against the Occupation

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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement. DC Jewish Community Center cancels THE SHONDES concert due to lead singer’s views on Israel and Palestine. by The Shondes

The BDS movement emerged after a 2005 call from Palestinian civil society for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and stops violating the rights of Palestinian. More here

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We can't see the chance that's there
To build temples everywhere
Not in space but in time
I Watched the Temple Fall by The Shondes

The influence of famed Jewish philosopher Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s writings on Jewish ritual as architecture of time is especially apparent in these lines.

Singer Louisa Solomon has discussed the relationship of his work to this song.

Heschel marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965:

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You have to find a source of light, you have to let it in On Your Side by The Shondes

This idea connects to the “punch a hole into the sky” lyric in the chorus. Singer Louisa Rachel Solomon explains:

I kept saying, “You’re basically living in The Bell Jar, and you need to let some light penetrate the space you’re living in.” I know for that person, that’s not what it feels like; it feels like the light’s not there. But I kept thinking: I wish I could punch a hole into that false sky you’ve constructed for yourself. Again, I know that for people that suffer from depression, it’s not that simple. But, I wanted to write a song that talked about the position of feeling so much love for someone and wanting to say, “I hear you that you feel totally contained in this dark, tiny place. Together, we can hopefully transform that.”

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I’m looking for Dr. Manhattan
I have to melt the ice inside him
I will show him dirt and blood
I will prove that even he wants to be loved

He’s just so good at being alone
And as soon as you touch him he’s gone
I will fight for his attention
And you know that I will force the connection
Dr. Manhattan by The Shondes

Singer Louisa Solomon says:

I’m not a comic book nerd, but it just so happens Dr. Manhattan strongly resembles many of my ex-boyfriends. In that song I’m referencing Dr. Manhattan (the character from Watchmen) because he’s perfectly emblematic of a particular kind of emotionally detached masculinity. He’s so focused on obligation and isn’t really able to connect with other human beings. There’s this one scene in the book where he’s able to simultaneously be sleeping with his girlfriend and conducting experiments in the lab, and that struck me as so ultimately horrible. Like, intimate connection with his partner was on the same level as everything else he had to complete on his list of tasks. I’ve certainly had this experience, feeling more like a hologram than a full human being, and I feel like many other people have, as well."

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John Paul Allison, the orphan boy Pope Dead Friend by Against Me!

According to Against Me! fans, John Paul Allison aka Pope was a lighting designer who worked and was friends with the band. He tragically passed away in 2011.

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As if, as if, as if Black Me Out by Against Me!

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No more troubled sleep
There's a brave new world that's raging inside of me
FuckMyLife666 by Against Me! 2

One of the more overtly hopeful lyrics on the album, describing moving forward from the past. While it references Aldous Huxley’s famous dystopian novel, the more relevant reference may be the Shakespeare quote from which that book takes its name.

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t.
The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1

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Blood spilled out on the porcelain
The bathtub's overflowing
Paralytic States by Against Me! 2

One of many references to suicide on the album. 41% of transgender people have attempted suicide and Grace has spoken in many interviews about her own suicidal impulses.

The rest of the song takes the listener through events leading up to this opening scene

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They just see a faggot Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me! 1

Parker Molloy writes in “A Trans Perspective on Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues”:

As someone who has had this particular slur hurled in my direction more times than I’d like to admit, the song highlights so many of my fears and insecurities, channeling the negativity into something powerful and defiant.

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