The Younger Lovers present the latest step in their gradual evolution from hissy lo-fi bedroom project to sharp actual band: fourth album Young Brothers. The band, who feature past alumni of acts like Gravy Train!!! and Panty Raid, are in energetic and poppy spirits here, and Young Brothers is bound to delight fans of the more joyful end of DIY punk music. On Southpaw.
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Lo-fi bedroom projects should never be too worked out. You should be too busy tripping over randomly discarded clothes and personal miscellania to make the perfect song; someone should definitely be telling you to keep it down in there. The Younger Brothers understand my aesthetic needs and create a wonderfully shambolic record of proper songs wackily performed, creating a garage pop that both sounds on point and completely off the mark. ‘Young Brothers’ is a wonderful collection of ramshackle.
It’s like they have all their checkpoints laid out but don’t really care if they miss them by a little gbit: “A Song For My Nephew Ethan” has a drumbeat that doesn’t always match up with their lead vocal and a bassline that bounces about the place, but the whole thing plays at an excited, frenzied tempo that matches their sparse performance perfectly. At times they’re totally on the ball and the song is just a simple, chugging hit played as economically as possible: “Gladys Horton” is fuzzy but you can’t actually hear the fuzz, the guitars so quite and the bass so backlogged that it becomes a quiet version of a real thrasher.
A song like “Whiskey and Water” falls me fully in love with this band, its gorgeously sighing melody and sad lil’ heartbroken lyrics sounding both like a traditional, old-school rock group and a forgotten modern bedroom band at once. Plus it has a random synth in it that sounds like a howling backing vocal. Very thrifty indeed: it’s proof they can write a totally exhilarating song, even if it’s just for themselves.
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