I couldn’t tell you anything about guitars. I know they make a noise, I know that they can be pretty expensive and I know that they go in and out of fashion. How to play one? I’m clueless. I’m even more indifferent to how they look, but the connoisseurs, there’s a delicate language of tremolo arms and oak effect bodies to be pored over and adored. To many people, fliers might all simply look like adverts for nights they’ve no intention of attending, but to someone who’s had to accept many thousands of them through social nicety and a crippling anxiety about speaking to strangers, a not so subtle subtext is easily deciphered. If you’ve lived in a big city for any amount of time, you can pretty much tell which nights you’d like to go to before you even read the words on the page. If you’ve got girls dressed up in nurses outfits and pictures of alco-pop bottles, it’s probably going to be a sticky-floored convention of ‘lads’ and lonely young men. If it’s got Liam Gallagher wannabe or, even worse, and actual picture or drawing of him, you can be guaranteed that there’ll be weekend rockstars by the bucketload. When you’re bombarded with a collage of multi-coloured, tropical birds, you know that it’s going to be the night for you.
Despite the fact the thousands of miles of ocean between myself and the gig, it’s still hard to not feel like March 20th was a missed opportunity, especially with Young adults on the bill. An energetic threesome from Massachusetts, they’ve recently spent time in the studio putting together a demo. As the list of hyperbolic quotes on their MySpace tells you, they’re an impressive outfit, basing their sound on the very ‘now’ concept of having a few good tunes and playing them with a fair bit of distortion going on. There’s an eerie likeness to the kind of thing that’s going on this side of the Atlantic – this stuff could easily have been made by Young British Artists going in a slightly different direction, or even by the vastly underrated Weird Era. The guitars are lovingly thrashed, whilst the cymbals are overworked to create the noise aspect of their heavily indie-influenced pop sound. there might be a lot of acts out there producing a similar racket, but there are a lot doing it worse than Young Adults and making a pretty standard living through touring, so they might as well have a go. In fairness, that somewhat undersells them – they’re high energy, and not simply to mask the fact that they’re low on talent, either. From the selection they’ve given away, there’s not a bad track, and it’s genuinely invigorating to hear a band not hiding behind fuzz, but using it as an aid in their garage-rock sound.
The demos are available for download through mediafire, but here’s some tracks first:
Young Adults – Annulation
Young Adults – Bummer Summer
YOUNG ADULTS DEMO