A horrible hack

Young Livers

Of Misery and Toil

Year Released: 2010
Format: CD
Label: No Idea Records
Reviewed by Joe Callaghan on Sep 29, 2010
Itís better than the first album. Letís just get that out of the way nice and early. It is. I thought the first record was okay, but it severely lacked any sort of longevity. On first listen I enjoyed it, but my opinion of it waned with each listen. I kept finding little hooks and melodies that annoyed me, until I got to a stage where I just wanted to find things I didnít like about it with each listen. This record is executed a little more flourishingly, and theyíve managed to augment the traits which made the first record good, with just a little bit more of a rigorous swagger. I think theyíve cottoned on to the fact that Gruff Punk is a little boring now. Thereís only so many times you can play 3 or 4 chords and shout like thereís a hole in your throat until history starts to repeat itself. Instead, thereís a little bit more focus on the guitar riffs and allowing each guitar to play off the other, which results in something a little more structured, co-operative and exerting. I mean, itís not an Iron Maiden record, but thereís certainly a much more evident call-and-response group ethic going on in terms of the musicianship, almost like a slower and much more prudent Assfactor 4 mixed with all the usual bearded suspects that will be Fest-bound this Autumn. Thereís also plenty of Drive Like Jehu in there, with the crunchy guitars and the ferocious groove, which already instantly separates it from the rest of the gravely pop punk which is over populating Florida at the minute. Itís a good record. It wonít be an instant classic, and I donít think it will be looked back on in 5 years in an over-stated, blown out of proportion sort of manner like a lot of records of this ilk. Itís just a reasonable record by a band who are aware of their short fallings and have worked hard to paste over the cracks on their sophomore record. Canít say fairer than that.

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