Youngblood Announce Road to CMW Tour & Video Release for “Broken English”
BROKEN ENGLISH VIDEO RELEASE AND THE ROAD TO CMW
Indie dream-pop maestros Youngblood are taking on the road starting with JUNOfest, and the release of a brand new music video for the single “Broken English” from their September 2016 EP Feel Alright. This Vancouver band presents a powerful dynamic live, with the fiery frontwoman a crackling live wire bewitching the audience. Youngblood has shared bills with Chromeo, Timber Timbre, and Black Mountain and Mother Mother, and was named a must-see band at Canadian Music Week, BreakOut West and Australian Music Week in 2016, so they are back for more in 2017.
Intentionally vague and disarming, the lyrics of Broken English feel like fragments of a dream that you half remember, only to fully forget when you try to explain it to your friend. Written as an ode to feeling fucked up and disoriented, the song unravels at a pace that parallels the shifting sensation you notice when the drugs start to kick in. While Broken English comes from the psyche of today’s world, there’s a retro vibe that permeates Youngblood’s sound, and the video fits the vibe.
The video was laboriously created with each letter individually hand-cut from paper by Tierney Milne and Mark Illing. In a time where we increasingly expect speed and perfection, this video serves as a reminder to slow down and appreciate the wonky and weird that life has to offer. Broken English was written by Alexis Young with Parker Bossley (Gay Nineties, Hot Hot Heat, Mounties) and produced by JUNO nominee and Diplo collaborator, Sleepy Tom.
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March 30: VANCOUVER, BC The Commodore Ballroom Opening for Mother Mother
April 1: OTTAWA, ON JUNOFest
April 5: MONTREAL, QC Petit Campus
April 7: BARRIE, ON The Foxx
April 8: HAMILTON, ON Mill’s Hardware
April 9: WATERLOO, ON Maxwell’s
April 11: TORONTO, ON The Horseshoe Tavern
April 12: OSHAWA, ON The Moustache Club
April 14: TORONTO, ON Adelaide Hall
April 22: TORONTO, ON CMW @ The Drake Hotel
What started as the creative release of Vancouver artist Alexis Young, the music of Youngblood is “what the 60’s thought the future would sound like”, fusing timeless melodies with an aesthetic rooted firmly in the dream-pop land of now. It’s soothing but insistent, a soft pillow of lush sound anchored by electronic grooves. The siren-like voice at the centre of it all is fierce and sultry; a bit Grace Jones, a trace of Nancy Sinatra, but all Youngblood. The band’s debut EP Feel Alright, (September 2016) features five sweet pop confections with hearts of darkness, concocted by Young in collaboration with co-writer Parker Bossley and produced by JUNO nominated DJ and Diplo collaborator Sleepy Tom (Fool’s Gold Records). The first self-titled single reached the No. 6 spot on the Spotify Viral Chart, with the whole EP racking up over half a million plays within the first few months of it’s release, and has been heard in MTV’s Sweet/Vicious and the snowboarding documentary Full Moon, among others.
Though still fresh on the scene, this is an act that has hit the ground running. Barely a year old, Youngblood has landed in the regional Top 10 of CBC Music’s nation-wide Searchlight competition, and won a coveted spot in the JUNO Master Class artist-development program. Youngblood shows no signs of slowing either, with a new record already in the works.