Young People's War Prayers On The Way
Avant-noise punks Young People will release their second longplayer,
War Prayers, this September on Hollywood-based art/punk indie
Dim Mak Records.
To tide fans over until then, the Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Los
Angeles trio will release a 12-inch, Ne'er Do Well, on
Hand Held Heart Records in early May, according to a press release.
The band put out their self-titled debut album on Kill Rock Stars'
experimental label 5RC last year, offering the underground a
one-of-a-kind discordant and distorted artsy punk sound highlighted
by the distinctive, sorrowful and enormously carrying vocals of lead
singer/writer/violinist Katie Eastburn. Young People's quiet/loud
approach feels at times mournful and gospel-like, at others raging
"I grew up in the South, so that's where my influences come from
religious music and country music and show tunes is where it's
coming from. And classic rock," Eastburn, a native of Nashville, said
during an interview with Neumu last fall.
Young People formed in January 2001 with anticipations of being a
traditional stripped-down country/blues band, but once Eastburn's
emotionally-powered songwriting and theatrical background met the
no-rules, experimental and loud playing styles of bandmates Jeff
Rosenberg (guitar) and Jarrett Silberman (drums), an ultra-raw, edgy
sound all its own was born. "I write the vocal melodies in a vacuum
like when I'm hiking or walking or driving, wherever,"
Eastburn said. "Then I'll just sing it to the boys and they create
instrumentation around it. I have been a theatre and dance person my
whole life, and sang in church and stuff like that. The music I write
tends to be very theatrical."
A few days following that interview, Eastburn sent an email in which
she described Young People's primary mission. "I remembered why I
started singing at all," she wrote, "and it was from singing along
with songs I love, so I hope to make music that people want to sing
Young People are currently touring the East Coast through mid-May.
Jenny Tatone [Saturday, May 3, 2003]
Young People Tour Dates
May 3; Montreal, Quebec; Barfly
May 4; Detroit, Mich.; Magic Stick (w/The Rapture)
May 5; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Shadow Lounge
May 6; Boston, Mass.; Paradise (w/Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
May 10; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Free 103.9 Radio
May 12; New York, N.Y.; Pianos