Warren Oaks is the back beat for the Gainesville, FL punk band Against Me! Rolling Stone hails them as "the definitive punk band of the Bush-Cheney era," while Spin magazine selected their album New Wave, which was produced by Butch Vig and has sold over 104,000 copies, as the Best Album of 2007. Warren and his band have been keeping busy on the road: they have toured with Mastodon and Cursive, are currently playing on the Vans Warped Tour this summer and will be touring with Ted Leo in October. Warren's feelings on being called a "smart punk"?
"It's like all the smart bands have to be mellow...to engage in real discourse with the people and have lyrics that have real context but at the same time be an exciting, loud, energetic band, you're almost like a dinosaur. They're extinct."