When I got to the Sinclair on Wednesday night, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I’d never been to the venue before (there’ve been a variety of reasons why I ended up missing every show I’ve wanted to go to there), and I had no idea what Laura Jane Grace’s new project was about. I’ve seen Against Me! a handful of times since I discovered them as a baby punk in 2010, but they’ve all been full band shows. I’d never seen Laura do a solo performance, and any Google searches for her new band, The Devouring Mothers, came up empty. To top it all off, I hadn’t yet checked out the support act, David Dondero. My only real expectation for the show was that Laura would be amazing, and she certainly did not disappoint. Continue reading Live Review: Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers at the Sinclair in Boston
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Against Me! perform live three times now-first at Summerfest in 2010 and twice in 2014, following the release of their last studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. So trust me when I say that their new live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, definitely captures the essence of an Against Me! show.
Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace is at the top of her game, her vocal performance a mix of singing and shouting. Powerful performances by Inge Johansson (bass), Atom Willard (drums) and James Bowman (guitar) back her up, and keep energy high throughout the entire performance. As is the case with many live performances, some songs are performed with slightly different melodies than the studio versions fans are accustomed too, but they never feel out of place, and the backing harmonies still fit in with the changes. Continue reading Album Review: Against Me! – 23 Live Sex Acts