At 83 minutes, 23 Live Sex Acts
carries considerable weight. It's heftier than the average live album, suggesting this isn't a mere way of biding time while Against Me!
regroup and work on new material. Instead, 23 Live Sex Acts
plays a bit like a consolidation, a way for leader Laura Jane Grace to draw explicit connections between the group unveiled on 2014's Transgender Dysphoria Blues
and the band that existed a decade prior. The change isn't limited to Grace's transition: apart from guitarist James Bowman
, this is a different band than the one showcased on 2006's Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!!
, the last time Against Me! released a live album. They're older now but they feel hungrier, speeding through a career-spanning set with a vigor and purpose that rivals the energy of a band still cutting its teeth. This excitement can be exhausting over the course of nearly 90 minutes, but that's also an attribute: this version of Against Me! throws everything it has into a performance and while that passion may be overwhelming, it's also potent and thrilling.