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Young Livers: The New Drop EraThe New Drop Era (2007)
No Idea Records

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While it seems like nearly every band on No Idea Records is in some way influenced by Hot Water Music, there always seems to be an X factor creating a little bit of diversity. Every post-HWM band on No Idea has it, for the most part: for Bridge and Tunnel, it's a bit of noodly, mellow instrumentatio.
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While it seems like nearly every band on No Idea Records is in some way influenced by Hot Water Music, there always seems to be an X factor creating a little bit of diversity. Every post-HWM band on No Idea has it, for the most part: for Bridge and Tunnel, it's a bit of noodly, mellow instrumentation Ă¡ la American Football; for Small Brown Bike, it was a number of calmer, more reflective moments and wispy guitar tones; and for Young Livers, it's the guitar-driven energy of Drive Like Jehu.

One of my favorite No Idea releases of the last few years, Young Livers are on the brink of greatness. Even though the band (and/or label) is a little chincy calling an eight-song, 21-minute release a "full-length," The New Drop Era is a jarring, energetic release from a collaboration involving members of Fiya, Glass & Ashes and the Horror.

The New Drop Era exudes a certain intensity without losing its delicate sense of angularity and melody, propelled along by frontman Matt Farrell's fierce, gravelly yell. "The Small Hours" provides a picture-perfect example of Young Livers' persistent peculiarity and proficiency, with an irregular, patterned rhythm pulsating along. Guitars chime and dive throughout it, moving things forward in an active motion. Then there's a song like "Non Monumental," where Farrell spits a crooked but catchy chorus ("turning aside, the surface is pensive"). The album then churns and grooves its way through the remaining six tracks, ending in a completely compact fashion.

By the way, these songs are not lost in translation when it comes to the live show. They seriously provided one of the best sets of The Fest, hands down.

The New Drop Era is a very cool release and splendid debut from another of Gainesville's newest groups of promising sons.

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Blackjaw_x (January 6, 2009)

Okay, so I have some 12000 songs on my mp3 player, and they're on shuffle. This band comes on, I look up, they're the "band of the moment". Weird.

24HourPriapism (December 2, 2007)

sounds pretty good.

ThoughtriotAF578 (November 30, 2007)

i was waiting for the reveiw of thiis. they have some great potential. i checked out fiya after hearing these guys and they are great too.

Dante3000 (November 30, 2007)

Love this album, loved their set at The Fest and I'm totally stoked to see more from these dudes.
I still see them as very Hot Water Music meets Akimbo, but that's just me.
-Dante
P.S. Glad I didn't write a review. I think Brian reviewing it gives it a little more credibility.

onegirlarmy (November 30, 2007)

love this record to death

Chimpo (November 30, 2007)

Has anybody heard the new Glass And Ashes stuff? oh wow it absolutley slays. As for Young Livers, this record kicks serious ass too.

justinius (November 30, 2007)

chincy?

record is pretty good.

Chewy_Almighty (November 30, 2007)

one of my favorite releases of this year as well as one of my new favorite bands. kinda wished you'd have mentioned something about 'Fair, Well' since i consider that to be the stand out track on the album but that's just splittin' hairs.

Allular (November 30, 2007)

Wow... This is pretty much right up my alley. This is definitely the next album I'm buying.

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