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The Young : In Session On WFMU Today, On Tour In September

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

While preparing for the August 26 release of their 3rd album, the riff monstrous ‘Chrome Cactus’, The Young visited NYC last week. In additional to Friday’s show with Endless Boogie and VBA, the quartet guest DJ’d for Newtown Radio’s Mxd Signals, shot a video for “Cry Of Tin” (coming soon) and recorded a session for WFMU‘s “Three Chord Monte” that’s on today at approx. 2pm (stream it at wfmu.org)

Shortly after ‘Chrome Cactus’ hits shelves, The Young are back on the road for the following dates :

Fri-Aug-29 Los Angeles CA Los Globos (w/ Milk ‘n’ Cookies and Lamps)
Sat-Aug-30 San Francisco CA Hemlock Tavern
Sun-Aug-31 Oakland CA 1234Go Records (w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change)
Thu-Sep-04 Austin TX Hotel Vegas
Fri-Sep-05 Birmingham AL Bottletree
Sat-Sep-06 Atlanta GA 529
Sun-Sep-07 Durham NC Pinhook
Mon-Sep-08 Asheville NC The Mothlight (with Potty Mouth)
Tue-Sep-09 Washington DC DC9
Wed-Sep-10 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
Thu-Sep-11 Brooklyn NY Glasslands
Fri-Sep-12 New York NY Mercury Lounge
Sat-Sep-13 Boston MA O’Brien’s
Sun-Sep-14 Montreal Vitrola
Mon-Sep-15 Toronto Silver Dollar
Wed-Sep-17 Columbus OH Ace of Cups (with So Cow)
Thu-Sep-18 Chicago IL Empty Bottle
Sat-Sep-20 Dallas TX Foundry Beer Garden (free show) (with Radioactivity)

stream “Metal Flake” here

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Tonight In Brooklyn : The Young at Union Pool

By Gerard on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Just a reminder that THE YOUNG will be making their first East Coast appearance in eons tonight at Union Pool, playing alongside the formidable Endless Boogie and V.B.A.  Tickets are available here, we’re told there’s a special on Shiner Bock, and provided you don’t ask me if I’ve heard the new Lana Del Rey album, you might get out of the room without a shiner.

(sorry, I didn’t get much sleep last night).

The Young’s 3rd album, ‘Chrome Cactus’ is out August 26 and is available for preorder here.

Coming August 26 : The Young – ‘Chrome Cactus’

By Gerard on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

“I had the idea for ‘Chrome Cactus’ almost immediately after completing ‘Dub Egg’. It was just a title for a long time, but it hung around for a while. 3 quarters of the way through 2012 we started playing with a new bass player, we tried out a new tuning, we jammed tons of new songs; rolled tape in our home studio on material that we also tried out in a live setting during a month-long residency in early 2013. I demoed songs on my own, shared them with the group – cut stuff, questioned everything and left plenty behind. All along the thematic foundation hovered around the idea of becoming something or someone else; like snapping to reality to realize you’re not only in the midst of total shit and chaos but you’re in some strangers skin; looking through their eyes and maybe you catch a distorted, barbed reflection of yourself and remember someone you thought you were. ” – Hans Zimmerman

(l-r : Ryan Maloney, Kyle Edwards, Lucas Wedow, Hans Zimmerman.  photo by Autumn Sparado)

On August 26, we’ll be releasing the 3rd album from Austin TX quartet THE YOUNG, ‘Chrome Cactus’. Simply put, their followup to 2012′s ‘Dub Egg’ is nothing short of a monster of a guitar album, but one that’s always in service to the band’s vastly improved songcraft. Here’s the first song from side one, “Metal Flake” :

1. Metal Flake
2. Cry of Tin
3. Chrome Jamb
4. Moondog First Quarter
5. Apaches Throat
6. Mercy
7. Ramona Cruz
8. Dressed in Black
9. Slow Death
10. Blow The Scum Away

When we last heard from Austin, Texas’ The Young, the quartet was livin’ free and their album ‘Dub Egg’ was the sunshine-fuzz hit of the year in more enlightened households worldwide. Flash forward two years and it seems the bill is due, in a big way as ‘Chrome Cactus’ is a far darker version of The Young. The breezy optimism of their earlier albums has been switched out for sinister, creeping dread in both lyrics and music, and the instrumentation is far sharper as well. The rhythm section of drummer Ryan Maloney and new bassist Lucas Wedow lay down a heavy (though nimble where they need to be) foundation for the already formidable guitar interplay of Hans Zimmerman and Kyle Edwards. Finding two guitarists with a penchant for such skillful, intuitive interplay is tough enough, but ‘Chrome Cactus’ is the moment where Zimmerman’s vocal delivery & way around a tune has caught up with The Young’s instrumental prowess.

Expertly produced by fellow sonic assassin Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses, The Fucking Champs, Thee Evolution Revolution etc.) at the new Louder studios located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Grass Valley CA, ‘Chrome Cactus’ aurally denies the idyllic setting that it was recorded in. From the undeniable riff of album opener “Metal Flake” to the squalls of feedback in “Blow The Scum Away” that end the record, you’ll be hard pressed to find an album that both reinforces and revitalizes everything that is great about American Rock Music in 2014. Taking influence from a myriad of artists such as (early) ZZ Top, Dead Moon, Link Wray, Lungfish and pedal-stompers worldwide,’Chrome Cactus’is a huge ball of power and controlled feedback disguised as ten of the catchiest songs you’ll hear this or any other year.

(If you’re still getting a handle on where these guys are coming from on the musical map, they’ve helpfully assembled a mixtape via Soundcloud)

In the days ahead, we’ll be announcing Autumn U.S. dates for The Young, though they’ll be playing Brooklyn’s Union Pool on June 27 ; there’s more details to follow about the bill and ticketing.

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Matador Artists Celebrate To Austin’s Traffic Jams, Poor Cell Reception

By Gerard on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The following is a (nearly) complete list of what our dear friends EMA, Fucked Up, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile and The Young are doing in Austin, TX this week (on stage, anyway). Please be advised that events marked “*” are considered official SXSW presentations and will likely require a badge, wristband or cover charge for entry (unless you are so incredibly good looking that such requirements are always waived on your behalf). I wish you a very pleasant week in my town of residence and thank you in advance for not parking in front of my fucking driveway.

EMA

Wednesday March 12 Flamingo Cantina, 5pm (Under The Radar)
Thursday, March 13, Mohawk (inside) 4pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Friday March 14, Central Presbyterian Church, 7:20pm* (Pitchfork)
Saturday March 15 Elysium, 11:30pm * (Switched On/Moog)

Fucked Up

Thursday March 13 – Mohawk, 2:15pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Thursday March 13 – Scoot Inn, 4pm (Converse/Thrasher)
Thursday March 13 – French Legation, 6pm (Pitchfork)
Friday March 14 – Empire Control Room, 5:15pm (Blundertown)

Perfume Genius

Thursday March 13 – St. David’s Historic Society, 7:30pm* (Turnstile Music)

Kurt Vile

Wednesday March 12 – Cheer Up Charlie’s, midnight*
Thursday March 13 – Weather Up (1808 East Cesar Chavez), 2:30pm
Thursday March 13 – Clive Bar, 8pm*
Thursday March 13 – Red 7, 12:50am*

The Young

Saturday, March 15 – Yellow Jacket Social Club, 2:30pm
Saturday March 15 – Museum Of Human Achievement (Third Man Records), 4:15pm

We Love Music Industry Conventions Disguised As Music Festivals (And Vice Versa) : Matador / True Panther Artists At SXSW

By Gerard on Friday, March 8th, 2013

I hope you’ll excuse my weary tone — it’s not that I don’t look forward to South By Southwest or the plethora of free, unaffiliated events (especially those that take place in glorified jello-shot emporiums masquerading as music venues for one week out of the year). It’s just that I’m really pissed off someone told all of the bands below they’re staying at my place.

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING

Tue      3/12    Austin TX                   Queue Day Party         3 pm Mohawk  (w/ Delorean)
Wed    3/13    Austin TX                    Waterloo Records        12 pm (parking lot performance)
Wed    3/13    Austin TX                    Consequence of Sound  5 pm The Parish
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    KEXP Session               12:30 pm Mellow Johnny’s
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Thrasher/Converse  party     4 pm Scoot Inn
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                    Rolling Stone Party     2 pm La Zona Rosa
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                    Ground Control Touring,  12:15 am Mohawk*  (w/ Trash Talk, Merchandise and more)

DELOREAN

Tue      3/12    Austin TX                    Queue Day Party         4 pm Mohawk
Tue      3/12    Austin TX                    Fader Fort                    8 pm Fader Fort
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Pitchfork Day Party    1:40 pm 1100 Warehouse
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Filter Party                  11 pm Clive Bar*
Sat       3/16    Austin TX                    True Panther     1 am Mohawk* (with Majical Cloudz, Empress Of, XXYYXX , Silent Diane and more)

MAJICAL CLOUDZ

Thu      3/14    Austin TX                   Spin Party                    4 pm Easy Tiger
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                   Urban Outfitters         2 pm Urban Outfitters Lot
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                   M For Montreal            9 pm Swan Dive
Sat      3/16    Austin TX                    True Panther Presents     9:30 pm Mohawk* (with Delorean, Empress Of, XXYYXX, Silent Diane  and more)

THE YOUNG

Fri       3/15   Austin TX        “Our Heart Aches For Syria” / Red Cross benefit  8 pm Long Center (w/ The Black Lips, White Lung and more)
Sat      3/16    Austin TX        Ground Control Touring  2 pm Beerland  (w/ Merchandise, Spider Bags and more)

(* – denotes an official SXSW event ; wristband or badge required for admission.  There’s public admission if venues aren’t at capacity SOMETIMES, but we can’t guarantee it)

The Young – “The Ghost Of Rock School”, Further US Dates

By Gerard on Friday, November 9th, 2012
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As The Young continue their second US tour this week since the spring release release of their 2nd album, ‘Dub Egg’, we’re pleased to premiere their cover of Belle and Sebastian’s ‘The Ghost Of Rock School”. We could say something along the lines of, “bet you didn’t see that coming”, but unless you know the band and/or have hacked into our email (and the latter is entirely possible), really, what’s the point of gloating? The Young’s version of the song will be available on iTunes on November 19. Below are the rest of this week’s shows, which for many of you represent your first chance to see The Young since longtime associate Lucas Wedow replaced Jason Costanszo on bass.

NOVEMBER
Friday 09 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Saturday 10 – New York, NY – The Cake Shop
Sunday 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery (with Maserati)
Monday 12 – State Collage, PA – Chronic Town
Tuesday 13 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups (with Pink Reason)
Wednesday 14 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
Thursday 15 – Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
Friday 16 – St Louis, MO – Plush
Saturday 17 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada (with Young Prisms)
Saturday 24 – Houston, TX – Walter’s

DECEMBER
Friday 7 – Austin, TX – Red 7 Holy Mountain

Dub Egg’, LP/CD and digital album, available from the Matador Store
The Young on Facebook

The Young – “Dance With The Ramblers” video and new U.S. Dates

By Gerard on Monday, September 24th, 2012

Today’s announcement of upcoming dates for The Young (including Texas shows with Merchandise and The Spits) just happens to coincide with the World Premiere of the 2nd video from ‘Dub Egg’. Sans any appearance by members of The Young, “Dance With The Ramblers” was directed by Austin auteur John Wesley Coleman, whose previous videos for The Golden Boys, James Arthur’s Manhunt and the Riverboat Gamblers have made him one of the most sought after video directors since F. Gary Gray.

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We’ll be issuing a further reminder and/or revision to the below dates as they draw closer, along with a top-secret (for now) bit of new recording of someone else’s composition.

Oct 2nd Denton TX at Rubber Gloves
Oct 3rd Austin TX at Red 7
Nov 3rd Austin TX at Fun Fun Fun Festival, Auditorium Shores
Nov 4th San Antonio TX at the Korova
Nov 7th Nashville TN at the Mercy Lounge
Nov 8th Charlottesville VA at the Box
Nov 9th Philadelphia PA at Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 10th New York City NY at the Cake Shop
Nov 11th Brooklyn NY at Cameo Gallery
Nov 12th State Collage PA at Chronic Town
Nov 13th Columbus OH at Ace of Cups
Nov 14th Bloomington IN at the Bishop
Nov 15th Chicago IL at the Beat Kitchen
Nov 16th St Louis MO at Plush
Nov 17th Dallas TX at Bryan Street Tavern

10/2-10/3 w/ Merchandise
10/2 w/ Wiccans
11/4 w/ the Spits
11/17 w/ Young Prisms

Dub Egg’, LP/CD and digital album, available from the Matador Store
The Young on Facebook

The Young: still on tour and in stores.

By Robby on Monday, July 16th, 2012

The Young’s epic North American tour stretches down the west coast this week. We’re here reminding those of you who preside in in the lovely cities of Los Angeles and San Diego that the band have also tacked on two in-stores at Origami and M-Theory, respectively.

Monday, July 16 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym
Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Origami Vinyl @ 5:15PM
– Info

Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags) – Tickets
Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – M-Theory in-store @ 5:15PM
– Info

Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – the Casbah
Thursday, July 19 – Phoenix, AZ – the Meat Market
Friday, July 20 – Las Cruces, NM – the Train Yard

Dub Egg’, LP/CD and digital album, available from the Matador Store
The Young on Facebook

*photo by Gerard

 

 

Important Festival News (For Those Who Mysteriously Fail To Read Other Music/News Sites)

By Gerard on Friday, July 13th, 2012

If you’re like us (and I suspect you are), YOU LOVE MUSIC FESTIVALS almost as much as you love freedom. And there’s so many that are close to our hearts.  Matador’s Lost Weekend.  Atlamont.  The Gathering Of The Juggalos.  The Cornerstone Festival.  I could go on, but you’ve probably got some illegal downloading to back to, so let’s cut to the chase. Transmission Entertainment’s 7th annual Fun Fun Fun Festival is happening in Austin, TX this coming November 2, 3 and 4, and we’re thrilled to find out at the last minute announce Tanlines, Fucked Up, Paul Banks and The Young are all taking part.

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Likewise,  ATP America’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror” weekender (September 21-23) has been moved from Asbury Park, NJ to the glamorous West Side of Manhattan.  The Lee Ranaldo Band and Chavez will be playing, along with a tremendous lineup of performers, none of whom are named Louis C.K.   They’ll all have their hands full measuring up to Richie Blackmore at California Jam (above) , but there’s no harm in trying.

The Young live on KEXP today

By Hector on Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Young’s tour took them to Seattle last night, and they continue on to Portland today, but prior to that they’ll be paying a visit to the studios of our friends KEXP for a live session of high energy rock and roll, starting at 3:00PM EDT/noon PDT). If you’re in the path of their relentless march (as seen below), I suggest listening at 90.3FM or kexp.org to prepare yourself for the onslaught.

Tour dates :
Thursday, July 12 – Portland, OR – the East End – Info
Friday, July 13 – Reno, NV – Holland Project – Info
Saturday, July 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 GO! Records - (with Spray Paint) – Info
Sunday, July 15 – San Francisco, CA – the Hemlock – Info
Monday, July 16 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym
Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Origami Vinyl @ 5:15PM
– Info

Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags) – Tickets
Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – M-Theory in-store @ 5:15PM
– Info

Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – the Casbah
Thursday, July 19 – Phoenix, AZ – the Meat Market
Friday, July 20 – Las Cruces, NM – the Train Yard

Dub Egg’, LP/CD and digital album, available from the Matador Store
The Young on Facebook