Wednesday, April 22, 2009

YOUTH GROUP/The Night Is Ours Review


So, I'm having a slightly bad day, right? It's not that things are terrible, but sometimes, you just slip into 'the mood' and you don't want to talk to anyone, you don't want to listen to the news and you don't want to look into your mailbox and see it filled with bills and adverts for things you'd never buy. But then something comes along that snaps you right out of that mood and gives you reasons to smile again...


YOUTH GROUP's The Night Is Ours (Ivy League/World's Fair Label Group) did that for me... and continues to do that, no matter how many times I listen to it! Though they've been around for nearly a decade, this Australian band have, up until now, eluded my ears, but I'm sure glad I've finally heard 'em! I've been a huge fan of Aussie music for over 30 years (dating back to the late '70s with Split Enz, Mental As Anything, The Sports, etc) so I'll always give the Aussie boys and girls a good listen. But this time, I just grabbed the CD, threw it into the player and let it spin it's marvelous musical web around me without knowing ANYTHING about the band. At first, I could sense a bit of Unforgettable Fire-era U2. Then, I could feel a bit of Smiths jangle seeping through the emotional thrust of the songs. I could also hear a little bit of Interpol-esque Post Punk, too. Then, I started noticing an earthy warmth that was at the center of the songs... it was more of an atmosphere, a vibe, than an actual sound, but it was there. And much of the Australian music that has surfaced in the last three decades has that earthy vibe to it, so that was the tip off for me. It doesn't have to be a certain style: Australian's just make music that is unpretentious and honest...


I hear a lot of music each and every day, so a band like this certainly stands out from all the cookie-cutter clutter that passes itself off as Alternative Rock nowadays. And why is Alternative Music so mainstream now? Isn't Alternative supposed to be ALTERNATIVE to the mainstream? So, am I to think that if Alternative is now mainstream, then what is Alternative to that? Is there a new term for bands that don't follow the fashion and music formulas that every other Alternative band does? Should it be called Un-Alternative? And, while YOUTH GROUP sound comfortable and familiar, they are certainly not a cookie-cutter act.





If you're looking for a band with more substance than style, then these guys definitely deserve your attention. Not that they don't have style, but I think you know what I mean....


Peace, love and pancakes,
Stephen SPAZ Schnee

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