The Young

Full Discography

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.

News From The Matablog

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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Tonight In Brooklyn : The Young at Union Pool



Just a reminder that THE YOUNG will be making their first East Coast appearance in eons tonight at Union Pool, playing alongside the formidable Endless Boogie and V.B.A.  Tickets are available here, we're told there's a special on Shiner Bock, and provided you don't ask me if I've heard the new Lana Del Rey album, you might get out of the room without a shiner.

(sorry, I didn't get much sleep last night).



The Young's 3rd album, 'Chrome Cactus' is out August 26 and is available for preorder here.

Coming August 26 : The Young - 'Chrome Cactus'


"I had the idea for 'Chrome Cactus' almost immediately after completing 'Dub Egg'. It was just a title for a long time, but it hung around for a while. 3 quarters of the way through 2012 we started playing with a new bass player, we tried out a new tuning, we jammed tons of new songs; rolled tape in our home studio on material that we also tried out in a live setting during a month-long residency in early 2013. I demoed songs on my own, shared them with the group - cut stuff, questioned everything and left plenty behind. All along the thematic foundation hovered around the idea of becoming something or someone else; like snapping to reality to realize you're not only in the midst of total shit and chaos but you're in some strangers skin; looking through their eyes and maybe you catch a distorted, barbed reflection of yourself and remember someone you thought you were. " - Hans Zimmerman
(l-r : Ryan Maloney, Kyle Edwards, Lucas Wedow, Hans Zimmerman.  photo by Autumn Sparado) On August 26, we'll be releasing the 3rd album from Austin TX quartet THE YOUNG, 'Chrome Cactus'. Simply put, their followup to 2012's 'Dub Egg' is nothing short of a monster of a guitar album, but one that's always in service to the band's vastly improved songcraft. Here's the first song from side one, "Metal Flake" : 1. Metal Flake 2. Cry of Tin 3. Chrome Jamb 4. Moondog First Quarter 5. Apaches Throat 6. Mercy 7. Ramona Cruz 8. Dressed in Black 9. Slow Death 10. Blow The Scum Away
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.
(If you're still getting a handle on where these guys are coming from on the musical map, they've helpfully assembled a mixtape via Soundcloud) In the days ahead, we'll be announcing Autumn U.S. dates for The Young, though they'll be playing Brooklyn's Union Pool on June 27 ; there's more details to follow about the bill and ticketing. Preorder 'Chrome Cactus' on LP or CD from The Matador Store Preorder from iTunes.

Matador Artists Celebrate To Austin's Traffic Jams, Poor Cell Reception



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)

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