Like their sound, Years Young is a band which only grows on ears and appetite; the evidence coming with debut EP Hiraeth. With the UK quintet revealing more depth and adventure to their invention song by song, the six track encounter is an engaging proposition fuelled by rich emotion tinged in shadows and sadness, its songs equally coloured with provocative melodies and a rousing intensity. It does not explode in ears and thoughts but builds track by track into a captivating roar for a very solid introduction to the Lincolnshire band.
Formed late November, the band took their time honing a sound inspired by the likes of Biffy Clyro, Mallory Knox, and Don Broco, whilst building to a launch which would grab attention. Since emerging they have shared stages with the likes of Funeral For a Friend, Fearless Vampire Killers, October Drift, and TrueHeights amongst many and in the August of last year released first and well-received single Miracles. Now, as the band undertakes a UK tour, the Roni Szpakowski recorded Hiraeth EP provides an endearing invitation for national awareness to embrace Years Young.
Mastered by Brian Lucey, band and EP make their entrance with that early single. Miracles immediately drizzles an elegant melody over ears before riffs and rhythms align to a more forceful sonic coaxing as things grow into fuller view. It relaxes again as the potent vocals of guitarist Luke Colclough strokes ears, his warm tones matched by those of drummer Ollie Griffiths, but quickly builds in energy and intensity as the guitars of Danny Binnington and Colclough imaginatively entwine the vocals. It is a fine tempting given even more creative enterprise by the bass of Gary Butler, its bulging lures dancing with a smiling revelry at times and in other moments casting thick but magnetic shadows. Continuing to inventively entertain and prompt a keen appetite, the song only, as the EP, impresses more and more with each listen.
The following Finding My Feet swiftly shows a bolder and feistier energy but again it comes controlled and neatly hugged by melodic and vocal expression. The bass probes and rhythms poke as the song reveals its plaintive heart, guitars casting another imaginative web as the song invites attention before making way for the evocatively melodic and anthemically enticing temptation that is The Sign. As its predecessor, the song smoothly merges lively bounds and emotive reflections in an enthralling landscape of inventive textures and increasingly alluring twists, just with more resourcefulness and tenacity to its imagination.
Across the EP and in varying degrees, each song seems to incite a thicker hunger to explore more, whether through an accumulative effect of the strong songwriting and inviting sound or by songs like the dynamically and sonically enflamed Electric taking aspects of those before it to new levels of exploration as it does to the gentle but roaring croon of the highly enjoyable Paper Mountains. Both songs lay easily and evocatively upon ears and thoughts, a strong trait of the EP emulated in its closer and best track Sleeping Easy. Straight away there is an intensity and sturdy edge to the song, even as it serenades with fire fuelled melodies and vocal angst; an imposing drama which demands attention and stirs up the emotions.
The track is a great end to a thoroughly enjoyable first taste of the Years Young sound. It is early days and fair to say an individual uniqueness has yet to majorly emerge within the band’s music, but for a first flavour Hiraeth potently pleases and leaves a wish to hear more; a success many a band would like to have with their debut encounter.
The Hiraeth EP is out now via most online stores.
Remaining dates on the Years Young UK tour:
31st January – Scunthorpe, The Lincoln Imp (with Allusondrugs)
16th February – Huddersfield, The Parish
19th February – Rotherham, The Trades
4th March – Birmingham, o2 Academy 3 (with The New Blacks)
19th March – Leeds, Verve Bar
21st March – Sheffield, Corporation
Pete RingMaster 18/01/2016
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