Musicians like talking about lots of things (just check their Twitter accounts). But usually, what they like talking about most is music. Of course, that might seem somewhat obvious, but you can usually see a musician’s face light up when you start getting into the nitty-gritty of song constructions, chord patterns, key changes and other orchestral moves. And that’s certainly the case with Against Me!’s Tom Gabel.
In this episode of “re:Play,” Gabel talks about learning to play guitar by listening to punk-rock classics by the likes of Minor Threat and The Misfits. He also goes into some detail about the process behind writing Against Me! tracks and how lyrics usually come first, determining how a song gets put together.
Gabel then goes into the story behind the band’s single, “I Was A Teenage Anarchist.” It’s fascinating to see the singer/songwriter talk about the story, subtleties and meaning behind the raucous anthem.
After you get the background on the song, you get the blueprint, as Gabel walks you through how to play “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” in the second video.
Check out Gabel’s interview, watch him teach you how to play “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” and view the “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” video, all below.