LIVING WITH LIONS: Dude Manor: CDEP

After thirty seconds of listening, I was sure I was going to hate this. I immediately leaned toward a whole slew of mall punk, white-belted comparisons, but I’m glad I didn’t jump the gun. Living With Lions have a lot more in common with Hey Mercedes and Moneen than they do that phony baloney haircut stuff. Take the quirky melodies of those two bands and add some early Saves the Day-esque fast parts and breakdowns and you’d be pretty close. It’s obvious that these guys are no strangers to the late ‘90s/early 2000s emo school, but they put a refreshingly upbeat spin on things. I’m actually way into this.

 –Dave William (Black Box)