Thursday, November 20, 2014

YOUTH FUNERAL - See You When I See You

Twelve Gauge Records kicks off the new year with the January 27th release of Youth Funeral's new EP, See You When I See You. 

The San Francisco label released a pair of gems last year – the debut LPs by Nervous and No Sir – and now makes its return with one of the first essential records of 2015.

Youth Funeral's See You When I See You was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere, Magrudergrind) at Dead Air Studios. 
The New Hampshire band paint in colors familiar to fans of screamo's old guard – the full-throttle blasts of Jeromes Dream and Usurp Synapse, the melodic detours of Saetia and Off Minor – but these kids own their sound. No tribute act, Youth Funeral know their history but this music is theirs. From the chaotic to the serene, they play it like they mean it. 

And, wow, can they play. Emotion counts for more than musicianship amongst many bands in the genre; Youth Funeral are that rare bunch that possess heart and technique, both. When they're going hard, they're frantic and dizzying. When they're gentle, they're lulling us with the iciest interludes.

Stream Youth Funeral's "When It Pours," off See You When I See You, exclusively via BrooklynVegan. BrooklynVegan calls the song "a complex, heavy slab of screamo in the Orchid/Loma Prieta/Deathwish Inc vein. One thing that sticks out about them is the technically proficient instrumentalism... It manages to be technical, emotional, and tightly composed at the same time."

Youth Funeral feature Casey Nealon on guitar and vocals, Raph Bastek on guitar and vocals, Mike Ralston on drums, and Travis Fitzgerald on bass. In Nealon's words, See You When I See You's dominant theme is that of "confronting mortality's reach to oneself and all things."

Twelve Gauge Records will release See You When I See You as a limited pressing of 500 vinyl 7" EPs and as a digital download. The tracklist is as follows:

2) Confidante
3) I Remember
4) When It Pours
5) Weak But Warm
6) See You When I See You

The EP follows a 2013 EP, Symptom of Time, and a recent split with Scowler, released on Skeletal Lightning and Broken World Media.

Screamo is alive and well and moving forward into the future in the hands of Youth Funeral (and peers like Loma Prieta and Capacities.See Youth Funeral on tour in January – stand by for dates!