Young Culture’s self titled album review

Artwork Credit: Danny DeRusso

Young Culture is a band that’s been on my radar for quite a few years now, and the release of their third EP “(This Is) Heaven” last year only made me a bigger fan of their music, so I’ve been highly anticipating the release of their self-titled debut full-length.

The album opens with its introductory track, “Bloodthin,” beginning with softer guitars and vocals that bring catchy riffs and melodies early on before the instrumentals get louder and harder-hitting in preparation for the huge chorus that concludes the song as it transitions into the next track, “Compass.” The instrumentals are softer in the verses, letting the vocals show off at first, and the guitars, bass, and drums help build up the first couple of sections to the song’s very catchy chorus. 

That track is one of quite a few that traces back to the band’s pop-rock and alternative roots, and a perfect example of this is “American Idle,” which contains harder-hitting instrumentals that bring so much energy to the song, especially leading up to the anthemic chorus. Another great example of this is the lead single “Holiday In Vegas,” which is driven by catchy guitars and drums leading up to another unforgettable chorus that listeners will likely want to sing along to. “Better Off As Friends” is another pop-rock influenced track filled with catchy composition as well, and it perfectly showcases the transition from the sound of the band’s older material to the sound of this album.

Speaking of which, the band experimented with their sound quite a bit on this record – primarily by incorporating a lot of poppier influences – and quite a few tracks on here showcase that side of the album’s overall sound. The second single, “I’ll Be There,” is led by softer instrumentation, which accompanies the vocals as they provide catchy melodies and a positive message to remind the listeners that no matter what they are going through, things will be okay. “Anywhere I Go, I’m Taking You With Me” sounds kind of similar musically, as it’s also slower and led by softer vocals and instrumentals at first, but the hard-hitting drums help prepare the song for its bigger choruses, especially the final one, which contains a stellar vocal performance. “Fantasy” begins on a softer note as well and brings some very catchy melodies and riffs as it leads up to the chorus, where the shimmering synths aid the guitars and drums that drive the more midtempo rhythm. The fourth and final single “Hailey Beverly 2016” contains soft instrumentals and poppier influences as well, and it’s arguably the most experimental track found on the album. The album concludes with the acoustically driven “Laylo,” and while the vocals are a lot softer for most of the song, they get louder during the bridge, where they put on a strong performance with a lot of emotion.

Young Culture’s self-titled debut shows the experimentation and evolution of the band’s sound through the combination of various influences found within these ten memorable tracks.

Review courtesy of Megan Langley | Instagram

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Artist of the Month : Life On The Sideline

Artist of the Month : Life On The Sideline

“Someone once told me, write what you know… because that’s what will resonate with you and that’s all that you need,” says Life On The Sideline’s singer Nick DiCiancia. This brutal self-reflection is exactly what LOTS debut full length “Honesty Is A Dying Breed” is all about: It’s a journey that doesn’t skip a chapter. For better or for worse, DiCiancia puts his life out there for the world to hear.  After self-releasing their EP “Outpatient” in 2012 and making the rounds up and down the East Coast to get their touring legs wet, LOTS proceeded to tap producer Ryan Moge of Valiant studios to begin recording their debut full length in the summer of 2013. reminiscent of such older emo/punk bands The Early November and Brand New and newer bands like Transit and Citizen, LOTS brings their own take on a genre that seems to be branching out more and more each day. “Honesty Is A Dying Breed” comes out April 22nd via Take This To Heart records and it’s a lyrical and musical ride that thrives on the ups and downs of life, the quiet/loud dynamics of the song writing and ultimately the truth that goes into every note of every song.

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