While I “liked” The New Drop Era when it first “dropped” (not funny), for some reason I was quick to kinda shrug it off as yet another “We’re from Gainesville and man we dig HWM” band. It wasn’t until seeing Young Livers play that it really hit me. The on-stage intensity completely floored me, and since that Common Grounds set they’ve become a staple of my daily listening. And, sure, probably no one would be surprised to learn this band is from Gainesville, but they certainly bring a lot more to the table than I initially gave them credit for. The passion on this record (and its predecessor, for that matter) is palpable. But dang, the more intricate harmonies and melodies, both vocal and instrumental, totally rocket Of Misery and Toil to a different level than Young Livers’ debut. I can’t wait to see this band again with these songs in my brain, inevitably shaking an angry-yet-hopeful fist in the air and shredding these vocal chords. Killer.
–Dave William (No Idea)