"Any trans person out there knows what a dysphoria hoodie is..."
Laura Jane Grace has returned with the first preview of her upcoming second solo album: a soul-striking folk tune called Dysphoria Hoodie.
In a press release, the former Against Me! frontwoman described the acoustic number as “a song about gender dysphoria and your favourite hooded sweatshirt”.
She further explained of its hyper-niche themes: “Any trans[gender] person out there knows what a dysphoria hoodie is – it’s the hoodie you wear when feeling low and dysphoric and you don’t want the world reading your gender. Hide your body shape, hide your head, disappear as much as you can. Wrap yourself up in it like a blanket anywhere you go. Make your flesh become cotton. Instant protection from the outside world.
“My dysphoria hoodie happens to be an Adidas hoodie, so yes, this is in fact really just a tribute song to my favourite Adidas hoodie.”
Dysphoria Hoodie – which Grace has been performing live since 2021 – arrives today (October 5) alongside a lyric video helmed by Juliet Bryant. Have a look at it below.
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Grace is yet to formally announce the title or release date of her next full-length effort, though it’s expected to arrive in early 2024 via Polyvinyl / Cooking Vinyl. It’ll mark the follow-up to 2021’s At War With The Silverfish EP, as well as her 2020 album Stay Alive.