Young Statues, a four-piece indie-rock group originating from the South NJ/Philadelphia area first made their mark with their self-titled 2011 full-length record adopted and lovingly put out by Run For Cover Records. While, on that record it felt at times that we were running repeatedly through the same track, or the same part, there’s a bigger and more conscious effort here on Age Isn’t Ours to incorporate a distinct expansion on the songwriting foundations that Young Statues have established for themselves.
The overall aesthetic and a lot of the themes from the 2011 release come along for the ride on the new EP – the heartfelt nostalgia, the lingering romantics – they’re all present and accounted for. But, with the new songs also come some freshly developed stylistic influences; hints of Americana rock n’ roll, a dash of 50’s vintage, and even some undiluted moments of folk-rock all have their place over the course of the record.
The EP opens with the romantics of “Eraser,” laying out a quiet and reflective overtone before gathering itself up to burst into a lively, delightful pop-indie jam. From the very start to the very end, the vocal melodies on Age Isn’t Ours take on a life of their own; the infectious nature of the hooks is just as sticky as they are interesting. “So You Wait” brings a tense, stompy rhythm with a wonderfully catchy melody, easily side-stepping the pitfalls of sounding too sugary or amateur. In fact, Age Isn’t Ours straddles well the gap between writing good, interesting music while still possessing a heavy amount of accessibility, a trait that is sometimes difficult to achieve.
“Ghost Passenger,” the first track publicly released from the EP, is the Limbeck song of the record, delivering the same sort of happy, heartland sensibilities found on Hi, Everything’s Great (there’s your RIYL!) and anchoring itself as one of the strongest and most concrete songs Young Statues has done to date. “My Only Friend,” in a turn of style, stands out in all it’s folky, porch-performance glory – a pulsating bass line that seems it could only be played on an upright, yawning electric guitars juxtaposed against the acoustic baseline of the song, and vocals complemented with a cavalcade of strong backup harmonies, unifying all the sonic elements into one hell of a song. Closing track “Foolish” features a bit of a doo-wop infusion, flinging about “ba ba ba badada”s in the chorus to the pleasure of 50’s vintage-enthusiasts everywhere, and creating a big, escalating conclusion that is both sweeping and majestic.
April is just a few days away, and there are a slew of great records coming out in the coming month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated April Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True: April 2nd
You can say whatever you want about Alkaline Trio. You can question their punk roots, bitch about Matt Skiba’s voice and claim that the band has seen better days.
The fact is that you’d be wrong.
The thing that make AK3 worth loving is the fact that they don’t give a shit if you love them. Their lyrics are rough and sometimes border on offensive. However, it is important to remember that the same elements that make them offensive also make them honest. Songs like “Radio” stand out in our heads as we relate to the bold and cutting reality of anger, resentment and desire to take the passion and aggression of our emotions to the next level. Alkaline Trio takes those feelings and throws them at you through their instruments and lyrics. There is no telling what the band will say on ‘My Shame Is True’. There will also be no stopping me from finding out. - Josh Hammond
Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal: April 2nd
British metalcore kings, Bring Me the Horizon, all but buried themselves in the cold-coffin of creative differences while writing what would become their fourth album, Sempiternal. Yet, they persevered. So, in many ways, Bring Me the Horizon has garnered themselves another lease on life. Wishful thinking finds all of metalcore rejoicing.
With Sempiternal, Bring Me the Horizon looks to raise the bar once more, clearly marking the genre as their territory to rip apart and rebuild. Where the Brits’ 2010 offering, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret was genre-defining, Sempiternal looks to destroy any preconceived notion of what the beleaguered genre is demarcated as. Get on with it, already! - Michael Meeze
Young Statues - Age Isn’t Ours: April 2nd
Following up a 2011 full-length that drove stakes deep into the grounds of heartfelt, soft-spoken indie pop, Young Statues will be putting our its follow-up EP in April alongside approximately every other Run For Cover band ever (an exaggeration, but barely). Amidst this landslide of new releases, what we’re hoping to find in Young Statues is the same earnest simplicity that made their self-titled effort so endearingly lovable. It looks like that wish will be granted.
Along with a mini album-trailer boasting something romantic and reckless, the band has also released “Ghost Passenger,” a heartfelt track showcasing a more developed and roll-with-the-punches sound; a nice exercise in growing past efforts into stronger songwriting. Carmen Cirignano’s vocal hooks are confident and honest, and anybody who misses Limbeck will fall in love with the ever-so-subtle twangy glimmers that are dashed on throughout. Young Statues will be touring on Age Isn’t Ours on a powerhouse tour with the likes of RFC relatives Transit and Seahaven this spring, bringing their new record to life just as the warm weather hopefully brings everybody back to theirs. - Adrienne Fisher
Paramore – Paramore: April 9th
When it comes to Paramore, little in the way of an introduction is needed. The pop-rock trio has been to musical hell (oh, hey there, Farro Brothers) and are climbing their way out of its quagmire. So as we approach the release date of Paramore’s highly anticipated “come-back” album, there is little opportunity to Hayley Williams and Co. to look back down towards the depths they have endured over the past four years.
Paramore’s forthcoming fourth album, the aptly titled Paramore, is in every way a new beginning, a renaissance of sorts, for the band. All the early indications point toward a refreshed, refocused outfit poised to dominate the airwaves once more. Sure, there may not be another “Crushcrushcrush” hidden within the new album’s track listing, but who has time to look back anyways? - Michael Meeze
Allison Weiss - Say What You Mean: April 16th
Okay, so calling Say What You Mean an anticipated album is a bit of a stretch considering that I have both listened to and fallen in love with the album. With power pop tendencies and punkish slants, Weiss has managed to master the art of completing the perfect album. Her lyrics, which are raw and intended to not only tug the heartstrings of her listeners but also tear at her own, border on a level of reality often hidden from albums. However, what is more significant is the manner in which Weiss manages to tiptoe around being emotional without coming off as “emo.” I mean, sure she might be sad, but she is also just sassy enough from her sadness to come off as endearing. - Josh Hammond
Check out a video of Young Statues performing “Spacism” acoustically below by clicking “Read More.”
Young Statues ‘Age Isn’t Ours’ EP Details; Stream “Eraser”
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this winter and more are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
William Beckett [03/22-04/14]
Koji, Slingshot Dakota [04/05-04/13]
Broadway Calls [04/05-04/22]
Transit, Seahaven, Young Statues [04/05-05/19]
Every Time I Die, This Is Hell, Terror [04/09-04/18]
Falling In Reverse, Hollywood Undead [04/17-05/25]
United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Never Shout Never, We Are The In Crowd [04/16-05/10]
Frank Turner [04/27-05/12]
Tonight Alive [05/16-05/19]
Previously Announced Tours:
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
The Kenmore Agency
Circle Takes The Square
The Republic Of Wolves, Makeshift Prodigy, Last Chance To Reason
Hope This Helps Booking
The Soroka Agency
Dan Bassini, Justin Graci
Brian Marquis (ex-Therefore I Am), American Dream Records
POZ STAFF: Connor Sheehan, Brandon Allin, Mike Sheffey
POZ STAFF: Jesse Richman, Michael Meeze, Becky Kovach
State Champs - Overslept
No Sleep Till The Holidays
She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
August Burns Red - Sleddin’ Hill: A Holiday
Balance & Composure - Acoustic 7”
A Loss For Words - Returning To Webster Lake
fun. - “Sleigh Ride”
The Killers - “I Feel It In My Bones”
Against The Current - “All I Want For Christmas Is”
Alan Day (FYS) - “Christmas Is Here To Stay”
Young Statues - “Snow Bunny”
Frank Iero (MCR) - “Xmas Sux”
This Century - “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Tyler Carter - “Make It Snow”
We The Kings - “Last Christmas”
A Day To Remember - Violence (Enough Is Enough)
POZ Sponsored Tours
TeamPagano New Years Eve House Show (Candy Hearts, Bright And Early)
2013 Brotherly Breakdown Fest [January 5th]
The Acoustic Basement Tour [02/01-02/23]
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