The Young

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LPs
  • Dub Egg - OLE-967 - 2012-05-08
Singles & EPs
  • Sweet - - 2010-01-01

Biography

When we last heard from Austin, Texas' The Young, the quartet was livin’ free and their album Dub Egg was the sunshine-fuzz hit of the year in more enlightened households worldwide. Flash forward two years and it seems the bill is due, in a big way as Chrome Cactus is a far darker version of The Young. The breezy optimism of their earlier albums has been switched out for sinister, creeping dread in both lyrics and music, and the instrumentation is far sharper as well.  The rhythm section of drummer Ryan Maloney and new bassist Lucas Wedow lay down a heavy (though nimble where they need to be) foundation for the already formidable guitar interplay of Hans Zimmerman and Kyle Edwards. Finding two guitarists with a penchant for such skillful, intuitive interplay is tough enough, but 'Chrome Cactus' is the moment where Zimmerman's vocal delivery & way around a tune has caught up with The Young's instrumental prowess. 

Expertly produced by fellow sonic assassin Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses, The Fucking Champs, Thee Evolution Revolution etc.) at the new Louder studios located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Grass Valley CA, Chrome Cactus aurally denies the idyllic setting that it was recorded in.  From the undeniable riff of album opener “Metal Flake” to the squalls of feedback in “Blow The Scum Away” that end the record, you’ll be hard pressed to find an album that both reinforces and revitalizes everything that is great about American Rock Music in 2014.  Taking influence from a myriad of artists such as (early) ZZ Top, Dead Moon, Link Wray,  Lungfish and pedal-stompers worldwide Chrome Cactus is a huge ball of power and controlled feedback disguised as ten of the catchiest songs you’ll hear this or any other year.

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The Young - 'Chrome Cactus' Out Today / Waterloo (Austin) In-Store



Of The Young's 'Chrome Cactus', Tiny Grooves' Jonathan Markley writes, "the heavy guitar racket on becomes almost psychedelic, the slower burning shoegaze-bent anthems become seared into yer skull and the volume knob on yer stereo will slowly inch towards 10," and I'm pretty sure that's a recommendation rather than a disclaimer.  The shadowy Fuckin' Record Reviews declares 'Chrome Cactus' is "THE HIGHWAY RECORD OF THE SUMMER" ("two guitars peel each other’s skins in empathy, acoustics are layered over top of wuzzy crunch and the groove is cinched"), The Austin Chronicle's Austin Powell says the album, "triumphs with energy and verve", and hey, while we sometimes find ourselves at odds with The Fourth Estate here at Matador Records and Filmworks, WHEN THEY'RE RIGHT, THEY'RE RIGHT.



'Chrome Cactus' is The Young's 3rd album, it's in stores today and whether you've been following this label since our inception or you still have the use of your original teeth, we're confident --- you might even say insistent --- that this quartet's uniquely Texan take on modern guitar heroics is matched only by their songwriting guile. I'm tempted to offer you a money back guarantee, but it seems kind of shallow to ruin our friendship over money (and I'm sure you agree).



If you're lucky enough to reside in Austin, TX, The Young are playing at the venerable Waterloo Records today at 5pm sharp, with the keg provided by Austin Beerworks.  There's a limited (100) run of 12" X 12" silkscreen prints (above) that come with the LP version of 'Chrome Cactus' and they're only available at Austin retailers (Waterloo, End Of An Ear, Trailer Space) or from the band on tour later this week (see below)

Tour Dates
Friday, August, 29 – Los Globos, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, August, 30 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August, 31 – 1234Go Records, Oakland CA^
Thursday, September, 4 – Hotel Vegas, Austin TX
Friday, September, 5 – Bottletree, Birmingham AL
Saturday, September, 6 – 529, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September, 7 – Pinhook, Durham NC
Monday, September, 8 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC%
Tuesday, September, 9 – DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, September, 10 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, September, 11 – Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
Friday, September, 12 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, September, 13 – O’Brien’s Pub, Boston MA
Sunday, September, 14 – Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
Monday, September, 15 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Now That's Class, Cleveland OH&
Wednesday, September, 17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH&
Thursday, September, 18 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Friday, September, 19 – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
Saturday, September, 20 – Foundry Beer Garden, Dallas TX, FREE SHOW#

*w/ Milk 'N' Cookies,The Lamps and Gun Outfit
^w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change
%w/ Potty Mouth
&w/ So Cow
# w/ Radioactivity

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STREAM : The Young's 'Chrome Cactus' via Spotify/Noisey



While at least one observer has declared The Young's 3rd album, "HIGHWAY RECORD OF THE SUMMER" ("two guitars peel each other’s skins in empathy, acoustics are layered over top of wuzzy crunch and the groove is cinched,"), we're pretty adamant the Austin quartet's latest is a stone killer even if you're at a desk, comfy chair or riding the subway.  You can find out for yourself starting today, as Spotify and Noisey are streaming 'Chrome Cactus' in advance of the August 25 release date. 



Though the band's next batch of US touring kicks off August 29 in Los Angeles, Austin residents have the following events coming up in the next several days ; 

1) LISTENING SESH : 

Wednesday night, August 20, Austin's Whetstone Audio (2401 E 6th Street) will be playing the 'Chrome Cactus' LP from start to finish thru via DeVore Orangutan 0/96 speakers, the Line Magnetic 219ia integrated amp and Rega’s RP-10 turntable with a Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua cartridge.  THIS IS NOT RADIO HUT.   Smiling (?) label functionaries (functionary?) will hand out the beers. 

2) WATERLOO INSTORE

Monday, August 25 at 5pm, The Young will be performing live at Austin's Waterloo Records, with refreshments provided by Austin Beerworks.  A special edition of the 'Chrome Cactus' LP featuring a limited 12" X 12" screen print will be available at this instore. 



3) LIVE AT HOTEL VEGAS

Thursday, September 4, The Young are headlining Hotel Vegas with a carefully curated bill featuring Breakout, Crooked Bangs & Slow. 



Preorder 'Chrome Cactus' from the following : 
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iTunes (receive "Metal Flake" and "Cry Of Tin" instantly)
Amazon: 
Amazon MP3



Tour Dates
Friday, August, 29 – Los Globos, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, August, 30 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August, 31 – 1234Go Records, Oakland CA^
Thursday, September, 4 – Hotel Vegas, Austin TX
Friday, September, 5 – Bottletree, Birmingham AL
Saturday, September, 6 – 529, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September, 7 – Pinhook, Durham NC
Monday, September, 8 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC%
Tuesday, September, 9 – DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, September, 10 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, September, 11 – Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
Friday, September, 12 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, September, 13 – O’Brien’s Pub, Boston MA
Sunday, September, 14 – Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
Monday, September, 15 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Now That's Class, Cleveland OH&
Wednesday, September, 17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH&
Thursday, September, 18 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Friday, September, 19 – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
Saturday, September, 20 – Foundry Beer Garden, Dallas TX, FREE SHOW#

*w/ Milk 'N' Cookies,The Lamps and Gun Outfit
^w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change
%w/ Potty Mouth
&w/ So Cow
# w/ Radioactivity

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Tonight on KVRX : The Young, Live In Studio



We're a mere 15 days from the release of The Young's 3rd album, the riff monstrous 'Chrome Cactus', and tonight on KVRX, the Austin quartet will be playing at 11pm eastern.  You can stream the set here, or watch the studio webcast here.

As mentioned earlier, The Young will be also be performing at Waterloo Records at 5pm, August 25.




"Cry Of Tin" video

Tour Dates

Friday, August, 29 – Los Globos, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, August, 30 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August, 31 – 1234Go Records, Oakland CA^
Thursday, September, 4 – Hotel Vegas, Austin TX
Friday, September, 5 – Bottletree, Birmingham AL
Saturday, September, 6 – 529, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September, 7 – Pinhook, Durham NC
Monday, September, 8 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC%
Tuesday, September, 9 – DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, September, 10 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, September, 11 – Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
Friday, September, 12 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, September, 13 – O’Brien’s Pub, Boston MA
Sunday, September, 14 – Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
Monday, September, 15 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Now That's Class, Cleveland OH&
Wednesday, September, 17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH&
Thursday, September, 18 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Friday, September, 19 – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
Saturday, September, 20 – Foundry Beer Garden, Dallas TX, FREE SHOW#

*w/ Milk 'N' Cookies,The Lamps and Gun Outfit
^w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change
%w/ Potty Mouth
&w/ So Cow
# w/ Radioactivity

Preorder 'Chrome Cactus' on LP or CD from The Matador Store
Preorder from iTunes.
Amazon
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VIDEO : The Young - "Cry Of Tin"



A few minutes ago, the good people at AV Club premiered "Cry Of Tin", the new video from The Young's upcoming 3rd album, 'Chrome Cactus' (out August 25).  Filmed (mostly) in a NYC storage facility by director Winston Case, we should stress this is neither an accurate representation of The Young's actual rehearsal environment in Austin, TX, nor is it meant to be a commentary on the honest men & women who do heroic work everyday as America's key cutters and locksmiths. While the rest of us are making sick guitar records (or having tremendous arguments over the press releases for such), these courageous individuals are our last line of defense against, y'know, being locked out.

It is my fervent hope that not only will this video provide a hint to many of you why we at Matador Records & Filmworks consider The Young to be one of the nation's most important bands, but you'll also realize the above clip is a character study and should not be construed as "fighting words" by the locksmith/key cutter whose place of business is roughly 400 feet from my house.  Thank you.



The Young's next North American tour kicks off August 29 in Los Angeles (with Milk'n'Cookies, Lamps and Gun Outfit), but not before they play Austin's Waterloo Records on 'Chrome Cactus''s release date, Monday, August 25 at 5pm.   We'll bring the keg, you bring your ID and money for 'Chrome Cactus' (both are optional, but we're mostly fixated on the latter --- contrary to popular belief, the beer will drink itself)

Tour Dates
Friday, August, 29 – Los Globos, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, August, 30 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August, 31 – 1234Go Records, Oakland CA^
Thursday, September, 4 – Hotel Vegas, Austin TX
Friday, September, 5 – Bottletree, Birmingham AL
Saturday, September, 6 – 529, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September, 7 – Pinhook, Durham NC
Monday, September, 8 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC%
Tuesday, September, 9 – DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, September, 10 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, September, 11 – Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
Friday, September, 12 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, September, 13 – O’Brien’s Pub, Boston MA
Sunday, September, 14 – Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
Monday, September, 15 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Now That's Class, Cleveland OH&
Wednesday, September, 17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH&
Thursday, September, 18 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Friday, September, 19 – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
Saturday, September, 20 – Foundry Beer Garden, Dallas TX, FREE SHOW#

*w/ Milk 'N' Cookies,The Lamps and Gun Outfit
^w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change
%w/ Potty Mouth
&w/ So Cow
# w/ Radioactivity

Preorder 'Chrome Cactus' on LP or CD from The Matador Store
Preorder from iTunes.
Amazon
Amazon MP3 (preorder, receive "Metal Flake" and "Cry Of Tin" instantly)

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The Young : In Session On WFMU Today, On Tour In September



While preparing for the August 26 release of their 3rd album, the riff monstrous 'Chrome Cactus', The Young visited NYC last week.  In additional to Friday's show with Endless Boogie and VBA, the quartet guest DJ'd for Newtown Radio's Mxd Signals, shot a video for "Cry Of Tin" (coming soon) and recorded a session for WFMU's "Three Chord Monte" that's on today at approx. 2pm (stream it at wfmu.org)

Shortly after 'Chrome Cactus' hits shelves, The Young are back on the road for the following dates :

Fri-Aug-29    Los Angeles CA     Los Globos (w/ Milk 'n' Cookies and Lamps)
Sat-Aug-30    San Francisco CA     Hemlock  Tavern
Sun-Aug-31    Oakland CA     1234Go Records (w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change)
Thu-Sep-04    Austin TX      Hotel Vegas
Fri-Sep-05 Birmingham AL  Bottletree
Sat-Sep-06    Atlanta GA     529
Sun-Sep-07    Durham NC     Pinhook 
Mon-Sep-08    Asheville NC     The Mothlight (with Potty Mouth)
Tue-Sep-09    Washington DC     DC9
Wed-Sep-10    Philadelphia PA    Boot & Saddle
Thu-Sep-11    Brooklyn NY     Glasslands 
Fri-Sep-12    New York NY     Mercury Lounge
Sat-Sep-13    Boston MA    O'Brien's
Sun-Sep-14    Montreal    Vitrola 
Mon-Sep-15    Toronto    Silver Dollar
Wed-Sep-17    Columbus OH     Ace of Cups (with So Cow)
Thu-Sep-18    Chicago IL     Empty Bottle 
Sat-Sep-20    Dallas TX     Foundry Beer Garden (free show)  (with Radioactivity)

stream "Metal Flake" here

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