Warren Oakes

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Warren Oakes
Birth nameWilliam Warren Oakes
Born (1981-01-23) January 23, 1981 (age 38)
Gainesville, Florida
OriginSarasota, Florida
GenresFolk punk, punk rock
Occupation(s)Restaurateur, musician, drummer
Instrumentsdrums, percussion
Years active2001- present
LabelsNo Idea, Fat Wreck Chords, Sire
Associated actsAgainst Me!, Sunshine State

William Warren Oakes[1] (born January 23, 1981)[2] is an American drummer best known for his eight years spent as the drummer for the punk rock band Against Me!.[3]

On June 8, 2009, Oakes announced that he was leaving the band to pursue a career as a restaurateur.[4] However while that was the official statement, Laura Jane Grace's blog at the time stated "We told Warren this afternoon that we are going to look for a new drummer. Andrew, James and I made the decision a couple days ago over lunch. I told them that I didn’t want to play music with Warren anymore. They both agreed that this was a necessary step, it’s been a long time coming. Warren’s heart hasn’t been in this for a while now.".[5] He is now a part owner of Boca Fiesta, a restaurant located in Gainesville, Florida that focuses on the fusion of southern and Mexican cuisine, as well as a venue space, The Backyard, that houses music shows, dance nights, and many more events.

Oakes is also well known for popularizing the freeganism movement, with the publication of his zine, Why Freegan?[6]

Oakes formed the band Sunshine State along with Troy Perlman, Mike Magarelli and Kyle Flick in 2013.[7]


Year of
Title Label Charts
2002 Reinventing Axl Rose No Idea Records
2003 As the Eternal Cowboy Fat Wreck Chords #36 Independent Albums
2005 Searching for a Former Clarity Fat Wreck Chords #114 US
#1 Heatseeker
#9 Independent Albums
2007 New Wave Sire Records #57 US
2011 Black Crosses Total Treble Music


  1. ^ http://repertoire.bmi.com/writer.asp?blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&page=1&fromrow=1&torow=25&querytype=WriterID&cae=465733336&affiliation=BMI&keyid=950689&keyname=OAKES+WILLIAM+WARREN
  2. ^ SPIN – Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "Against Me! Drummer Ditches Fame For Burritos – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. June 10, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "A Farewell From Warren Oakes – MySpace-blog | van Against Me!". Blogs.myspace.com. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/archive_warrenoakesfired
  6. ^ Skidelsky, William (July 19, 2009). "The freegans' creed: waste not, want not". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ http://www.punknews.org/article/52024/media-sunshine-state-state-or-die

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