- Dub Egg - OLE-967 - 2012-05-08
- Sweet - - 2010-01-01
One of the things I've learned during my 90 + years in show business is that there's more than one way for a band's artistic development to unfold. Actually, there's exactly two ways, but rather than compare and contrast the DIY approach of Foster The People with the sort of intense media campaign mounted by The Great Kat let's instead recognize that sometimes, far removed from the rat race, there's transcendent rock'n'roll being conjured up by characters you're barely familiar with.
The Austin, TX quartet known as The Young have kept a somewhat shadowy profile since their inception in 2007. Though Guitarist/vocalist Hans Zimmerman successfully morphed a home recording venture into a full-fledged, elite punk unit with the additions of bassist Jason Costanzo, guitarist Kyle Edwards and drummer Ryan Maloney, the band underwent a stylistic shift shortly after the release of the first two sings (for Chicago's Criminal IQ and Austin's Super Secret respectively). With little regard for public reception, The Young would soon opt for something far more experimental in nature. On the heels of a 2010 appearance on Matador's 'Casual Victim Pile' Austin compilation, the band would record an astonishing debut full-length for Mexican Summer The 'Voyagers Of Legend' LP, characterized by Still Single's Andrew Earles as " a masterpiece of exhumation that uses once-dead sonic vehicles to communicate uncalculated, uncontrollable soul, inspiration, sadness, and what can only be called 'real shit,' not only captured the imagination of this record label, but staked a claim for The Young being the-next-great-American-psychedelic-wonder.
And that brings us to (ahem), another dramatic stylistic shift. 2011 was a tad less shadowy for The Young. For one thing, they're sometimes allowing venues to turn up the stage lighting. And over the course of a year+ , sharing stages with the likes of Sic Alps, Kurt Vile, Pierced Arrows, Endless Boogie and other masters of modern rock guitar, it would not be an exaggeration to say their meticulous interplay has become both uncanny and unstoppable. LP #2, 'Dub Egg', the product of a week's recording in an actual-cabin-in-the-woods (see Hans' notes below) is the sort of shimmering, incandescent, modern approach to classic forms that none of us could've imagined from these guys a couple of years ago. There's echoes of things you've heard and loved, sure (including but hardly limited to Crazy Horse, Television, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Karl Precoda's playing for the Dream Syndicate) but I don't think you've ever heard it all coming together in a manner so crafted or explosive. The only thing quiet about this band is their confidence.
Gerard Cosloy, Austin, TX, Feb. 2012
We did the main tracking at the isolated Creekside Cabin in Vanderpool Texas (western Bandera County).
We took a mountain of amps and guitars, 1” 16 track tape machine, loads of beer and holed up for 5 days in August. When we weren’t rolling tape we were fishing, bbqing, and playing horseshoes.
Additional recording/overdub/mixing happened at our east Austin rehearsal space/studio ‘blood and guts’ where an Otari 8 track was employed for several cuts (purchased off an old cruise ship with casual victim pile money, btw). The album was mixed and cut to tape by me, and was the first time I’ve ever done that.
The title comes from a bizarre dream Kyle had involving the master tapes, an improvised King Tubby technique, and a soft-boiled egg.
News From The Matablog
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
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)
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 7Holy Mountain ‘Dub Egg’, LP/CD and digital album, available from the Matador Store The Young on Facebook
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. 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'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