Craig Dyer-fronted The Underground Youth play an understated, post-punkish, cinematic take on psychedelic rock. First released in 2010 on CDr, Fuzz Club give 'Sadovaya' the 180g vinyl treatment it deserves, in white too.
Aficionados of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spacemen 3, The KVB, etc. will find plenty to like here. Limited to 400.
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This is psych rock the way it’s supposed to be, right? Emptied out like a drained swimming pool and as eternal as a black hole -- and containing the word “sad” within its name, god bless -- ‘Sadovaya’ takes away the bad blood accumulated by a good couple of years of psych bands shooting for cosmic colours and heavy rock hernias. The Underground Youth remain largely anonymous throughout proceedings, singing casually and infrequently, as if voices are only good for piling on more melody. Where ‘Sadovaya’ gets its power is in its vagueness -- the Underground Youth sound taken by their surroundings, aiming their guitars up towards the sky and leaving production duties up to the room’s high ceilings. The result is a record with riffs as loudly and starkly pronounced as the ones on Have A Nice Life’s ‘Deathconsciousness’, with drums that feel inescapable, as if they’re the four walls around you.
‘Sadovaya’ is one of those vagabond guitar records that can swirl in and out of genre focus: in production, it sounds like a gritty slab of psych rock, but there are melodies and guitars that recall early Britpop, back when its sights were set on true indie rock (such as “On The Floor”), and squealing feedback that brings to mind the more daunting and drab side of post-punk. Any band can do it, but the Underground Youth do it with startling discretion, refusing to draw attention to the switch-ups. You’d notice a pin drop on a Fuzz Club record if it wasn’t processed and distorted and made cosmic, but at the Underground Youth can shift in any direction they want. They’ll get away with it and then some.
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