‘Not young. Not Conservative. An analogy for the modern state. The diluted mediocrity of 21st century British politics. Endless rhetoric and vitriol on what we are against because of our fundamental inability and unwillingness to actually define what it is we stand for.
Who are Young Conservatives? The group’s line-up will prick the ears of anyone with an interest in the British hardcore and post hardcore scene from the 90s to the present day: Andy Bryant (Imbalance, The Horror) on vocals, Dave Allen (The Horror, Voorhees) on drums, James Islip (That Fucking Tank, The Magnificent) on bass and Adam Smith (Matadors) on guitar.
Their debut EP is a concise, lean statement of intent: musically and lyrically. Six tracks - none of which break the three minute mark - written and recorded in the no nonsense style of early Dischord and SST punks who knew the clock was ticking down. Melodic, fast, catchy, brutal. The EP manifests a sense of urgency and politicised directness that cuts through the present day fug of retro-obsessed reverb-soaked introspection. Communicated with the most economic of means, Young Conservatives make you feel the need for change.
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A six track 12 inch here of hard-hitting post-hardcore that owes a lot to early Fugazi but played with the kind of brutal intensity that puts them on a par with the more aggressive end of some contemporary metal.
The ironic moniker and band’s lyrics express a healthy dose of pissed-offness; pissed-offness at the blandness of UK politics, the blandness of consumerist bent youth culture and the blandness of a retro-obsessed, depoliticized music scene. While I feel the band’s pain, it seems kinda strange that they themselves choose such a backward-looking musical format to vent their revolutionary fury; even their press release proudly states that these tunes were ‘written and recorded in the no nonsense style of early Dischord and SST punks’. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that they nail that sound with a level of conviction that is invigorating; the songs are taut, the playing is tight as hell and James Islip (of That Fucking Tank and The Magnificent)’s growling bass tone is a cause for celebration in itself.
If you like high energy music that combines aggression with melody and has something to say to boot, then this is one for you.
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