Rachel introduces The Young a four-piece indie band from Staines…
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?
We are The Young, a 4 piece indie rock n roll band from Staines, Alfie on vocals, Tom on guitar, George on Bass and Josh on drums. We formed after a drunken phone call to Josh at a Jamie T gig at Brixton academy, George picked up the bass and we hit the ground running from there.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
We’d say we’re a mixture of indie and rock n roll, our influences are bands like The Libertines, Oasis, Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys but wouldn’t say we particularly sound too much like any of those, we draw influence from everywhere.
What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?
We released our second tune Always Wrong in September and have been gigging a lot local to Staines and around London. But we’re getting back in the studio for a day soon where we can hopefully get our next tune together for release later in the year.
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
Life is not too bad we all work full time, none of us were born with a trust fund or anything like that so we have to graft during the week to do what we love at the weekends. Two of us work in an office and the other two have trades.
What’s the happiest lyric you’ve ever written?
One of our happiest lyrics would have to be ‘my brother took me to the jaw he said get up off the floor’ go out and find some friends or you can have some of mine instead’ taken from our song Never look back, it’s about family or a friend that never leaves you behind.
And the saddest…?
One of our saddest lyrics would have to be ‘I finally reached the end, I’ve got this fever and I think I’ve lost my friends’ from our song Happy endings.
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
It would have to be a Yellow submarine, surely?
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue?
The best venue we have played so far would probably be Pryzm in Kingston supporting The Futureheads however nothing beats a sold out hometown gig at The London Stone in Staines, surrounded by our mates and family and having a good drink up without worrying about getting home too much. The dream is the Brixton Academy, it’s our favourite venue and we’ve seen all our heroes there and it’s where our band formed technically!
If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?
We’d probably support Libertines at Hyde Park, me and Alfie were there and it was fucking mental. It was most people’s first time seeing Libs and it could have been the last. So yeah, I think that would have been insane.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
The best thing about being in a band would be the buzz you feel just as you’re about to go on stage especially when you have a good crowd, that and the feeling you get after you’ve finished your set knowing you’ve put on a good show.
And the hardest…?
The worst thing about being in a band would have to be the social media side of things, none of us are particularly savvy when it comes to advertising on social media so it is definitely something we struggle with.
Sum your band up in three words?
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
If the reader were to listen to one song to sum us up it would be our first single ‘Camera Man’, its an energetic bouncy tune with a big chorus to match.
Latest single ‘Always Wrong’ is out now. Links: https://open.spotify.com/track/1nNWhqaD4tEj0zu8uqDQVM… https://youtu.be/OB0QGHQfooY
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