Tuesday, September 29, 2009
YOUTH GROUP RETURNS TO THE U.S. FOR HEADLINE TOUR AND SUPPORT RUN WITH THE GET UP KIDS
Australian romanticists Youth Group are currently touring the U.S. as main support for the reunited Get Up Kids, as they warm up for their own headline tour next month. The band's second return to the States in support of their latest LP, The Night Is Ours, will kick off October 4 in Urbana, Ill. and snake its way through the Midwest and East Coast.
The Syndey-based band's fourth full-length album, The Night Is Ours, is the newest chapter in the band's impressive catalogue of shimmering, melody-driven rock. Produced by Tim Kevin, Anthony The and Youth Group, the album was recorded in a near-derelict 1920s mess hall on Sydney's harbor. Like their previous work, the 10-song collection is replete with chiming guitars, pensive lyrics and strong hooks, all buoyed by frontman Toby Martin's wafting croon. Hailed by critics for its aural beauty, Alternative Press declared, "The Night Is Ours' sonic splendor shines like a beacon" while Harpers Bazaar described it as "a dark and powerful execution from an accomplished group."
Songs like "Two Sides" demonstrate the foursome's infectious grooves and bouncy basslines while "One For Another" manages to make a rehab romance sound triumphant as it ends with a victorious horn blast. The self-described "mini epic" "In My Dreams" encapsulates the wistful aura of the album, as Martin uses the song to express his grief over a lost loved one. The song was mixed by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie who has been a longtime fan since the band's 2005 debut, Skeleton Jar. Of that album he said: "Skeleton Jar is sweet and dear and genuine in a world stolen by cynics. Put simply, Youth Group gets it. If you don't love them your heart is dead."
YOUTH GROUP ON TOUR WITH THE GET UP KIDS
September 30 - Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theatre
October 1 - Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Diamond Ballroom
October 2 - Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown
October 3 - Iowa City, Iowa @ The Picador
YOUTH GROUP HEADLINE TOUR
October 4 - Urbana, Ill. @ The Canopy
October 6 - Chicago, Ill. @ Schubas
October 7 - Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement
October 8 - Akron, Ohio @ Musica
October 9 - Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Smiling Moose Upstairs
October 10 - New York, N.Y. @ Pianos
October 13 - Hoboken, N.J. @ Maxwell's
October 14 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Silk City Lounge
October 15 - Hamden, Conn. @ The Space
October 16 - Cambridge, Mass. @ TT the Bears
October 19 - Baltimore, Md. @ The Ottobar
Posted: 9/29/2009 07:42:00 PM