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“The New York trio packs its debut album with chiseled, sinewy pop-punk that’s unafraid to rip out its guts and fly them up the flagpole. Singer-guitarist Bill Manley uses maudlin-yet-anthemic songs like “Baby” and “Bear Mountain”—catchy, imagistic confessionals unabashedly in thrall to Jawbreaker’s Dear You—to anchor occasional tracks full of acoustic guitar, organ, and accordion, such as the twangy “Lightning Rod.” There are other inspirations at play—most notably Lucero’s hardscrabble roots-rock, which lately has become the default setting for post-hardcore groups trying to sound grown-up and sensitive—and Manley and crew aren’t afraid to cozy up to the blue-collar grit of The Gaslight Anthem. In spite of an overt derivativeness, though, Don’t Die’s impeccable songcraft and messy catharsis bleed through. If that kind of emotive, unguarded approach sounds quaint at this point in punk history, that’s punk’s fault, not this band’s.”
“NFAW draw inspiration from years spent on the road, forgoing Anadivine's atmospheric riffage for a gritty, whiskey-soaked twang that finds common ground between Johnny Cash and Jawbreaker.”
““Smells like whiskey and cigarettes, sounds like a killer time””
“These are the type of tunes informed as much by alt-country as they are `90s emo and restrained punk acts, striking territory that never leans too close to either. ”