While the previous works of this band are all fantastic pieces of music in their own right, Alive and Well is the first release where I feel that the sound that I heard on that hot summer night in Baltimore was actually captured on a record. The sound is a no-frills, hook-driven collection of songs written from a broken yet hopeful heart and it should fit right into your record collection along side your copies of Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True, Weston's Got Beat Up or pretty much anything Bob Mould or J. Mascis ever wrote.
I find it to be very rare in this day and age that a band completely catches me off guard and The Young Leaves have certainly done that. Much like the groups listed in the "similar bands" section of this review, I hope to see my record collection grow with future release from this trio.
If anything I've said in this review piques your interest... do yourself a favor and get this record ASAP.
The Young Leaves Alive and Well is available for preorder now over at Baldy Longhair Records and will be released on October 1st!
Genre: Punk Rock / Melodic Death/Doom
Label: Baldy Longhair Records
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Similar: "Similar" is a tough one... but they have elements that remind me of Husker Du, Jawbreaker, Weezer, Superdrag, Weston, Elvis Costello, Superchunk and Dinosaur Jr.
- Drowning Pool
- I’d Rather Be Hurt
- Alive and Well
- There Was A Ghost Inside Of Me
- That One Tree
- Say Suntin
- In The Morning