10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Austin, Texas, quartet have evolved over the years. Initially conceived as the bedroom project of songwriter Hans Zimmerman, The Young are now a furious pack of guitars charging into outer space. Nearly every post-punk guitar band owe something to Sonic Youth’s layers of feedback and dissonance-hugging song structures, and The Young are no exception, particularly nailing the sound of Sister-era SY on the album closer “Blow the Scum Away,” which deserves to be an anthem and a live centerpiece. At the album’s onset, “Metal Flake” has a sound that's compact and powerful; producer Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses, The F****ng Champs) layers the guitars to perfection and lets them color outside the lines before the song’s end. “Cry of Tin,” “Chrome Jamb,” and “Moondog First Quarter” all immediately demand attention due to the enviable guitar tones and the sustaining wall of sound, helped along by bass guitars that also carry a touch of distortion. Every track here deserves a chance to open up and bleed.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Austin, Texas, quartet have evolved over the years. Initially conceived as the bedroom project of songwriter Hans Zimmerman, The Young are now a furious pack of guitars charging into outer space. Nearly every post-punk guitar band owe something to Sonic Youth’s layers of feedback and dissonance-hugging song structures, and The Young are no exception, particularly nailing the sound of Sister-era SY on the album closer “Blow the Scum Away,” which deserves to be an anthem and a live centerpiece. At the album’s onset, “Metal Flake” has a sound that's compact and powerful; producer Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses, The F****ng Champs) layers the guitars to perfection and lets them color outside the lines before the song’s end. “Cry of Tin,” “Chrome Jamb,” and “Moondog First Quarter” all immediately demand attention due to the enviable guitar tones and the sustaining wall of sound, helped along by bass guitars that also carry a touch of distortion. Every track here deserves a chance to open up and bleed.

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About The Young

The Young were conceived in 2005 by Austin, Texas vocalist/guitarist Hans Zimmerman. The band existed as Zimmerman's home recording project until about 2007 when it expanded into a more fully realized punk quartet with the addition of bassist Jason Costanzo, guitarist Kyle Edwards, and drummer Ryan Maloney. The Young's early output showed the band in a raw punky mode, with singles on the Criminal IQ and Super Secret labels as well as an appearance on Matador Records' 2010 compilation Casual Victim Pile. Their debut full-length came in the form of 2010's Voyagers of Legend on the Mexican Summer label, and represented a drastic stylistic change with more guitar-heavy, psychedelic-leaning rock songs. The album was met with almost across-the-board critical acclaim and the band toured and performed more and more to support it, sharing bills with contemporaries like Sic Alps, Kurt Vile, and Lower Dens. On the strength of their live shows and impeccable recordings, the Young signed to Matador for the release of their 2012 sophomore effort, Dub Egg. Costanzo stepped away from the band and was replaced by new bassist Lucas Wedow for the recording of 2014's Chrome Cactus. This third album from the group showed them in yet another stylistic change-up, leaning toward darker sentiments and far sharper musical expressions. ~ Fred Thomas

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