I Like This: Young Things (Redux)

[I like this band and their new album, Hello Love // Goodby Sexual, quite a bit. Frequent contributor Scott Jones would like to concur. -AC]

From its opening, pleading monologue, this band is already focused on capturing the attention of anyone listening. Featuring, skilled time signature changes, the occasional militaristic backbeat; smashing cymbals and electric feedback on track 2, “All Human Life,” reinforce that. This album is also complimented by keen production on the vocal front.

The members of the group doesn’t seem to have a quiet bone in their collective bodies, and that’s a necessary trait for a band who clearly and undeniably wants to be heard. “Golly Gee,” the record’s fourth cut, has a occasional  jump-to-it beat with wild guitar delays straight out of Seattle. (side note: if this band existed 23 years ago, they could have been picked by Nirvana to accompany them on tour). hey’ve got this indie aesthetic, coupled with a mature, yet reckless grunge sensibility that could easily be mistaken for a release from 1990.

That’s a good thing. We need more bands like this who could teach the artists of years past that it’s okay to be production and effect-savvy, and true to themselves at the same time.

Sounds like: A more modern Seattle sound with a significantly greater amount of studio space and tech skills.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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