Posted by: Necci – Sep 02, 2010
I want to talk about Young Livers. I originally wasn’t going to write about this show because my own band played it, but after seeing Young Livers’ set, I really wanted to talk about them. Andrew told me the writer who was supposed to cover the show ended up not being able to make it, and I jumped at the opportunity to reflect on the evening.
The entire show was fantastic: Real Talk are a brand new hardcore band from Richmond worth getting excited about (I know that Graham writes for RVA, and if that’s a problem for you, too bad. Good music is good music, and I don’t see why being excited about new bands in our community is something to be frowned upon), All Teeth was a rad fast hardcore band on tour from California, and Mouthbreather is consistently one of the best live bands in town.
Young Livers, however, is the band I want to talk about.
This was hands down one of my favorite live sets of 2010. I hadn’t seen them in over two years, and hadn’t heard any new material since their split EP with Bridge and Tunnel. Their live energy is unbelievable. It feels something like Against Me used to. The two don’t necessarily have similar sounds, but the energy is comparable. Sound-wise: technical lead lines over power-chord rhythm guitars, and belted vocals accompanied with great pop harmonies. This band plays great riff-heavy rock and roll and the live delivery is spot on and heartfelt.
This band is the blend of weird, heavy, and catchy that seems to catch Richmond’s heart so often. Their new record, Of Misery and Toil, is available through No Idea Records. If you missed this show, it’s a great place to start.
Words by Carl Athey Photos by Joanna Moreno