Championed by the likes of Kerrang, Rock Sound, BBC and Punktastic previously, The Young Hearts bring their own take on the alternative rock genre. They have toured and shared stages with the likes of Mallory Knox and Dream state and their latest single, 'Fool's Gold' shows a much more mature style of songwriting that has brought comparisons to The Gaslight Anthem.
I recently caught up with the band to discuss 'Fools Gold', quarantine and Bruce Springsteen...
"when a band from my school played a punk rock version of the school hymn in the morning assembly. I was 11 years old and it absolutely blew me away. From that point on all I wanted to do was get up on stage and play loud music with my friends"
Firstly, I have to ask this at the moment, how have you guys been coping in the lockdown, what kind of things have you been up to since the lockdown came into effect.
Well half of us have still been working, so it’s been pretty hectic still, but we all enjoy spending time at home so we’re lucky in some respects. Not being able to rehearse or play shows, or even get together socially has been difficult though so we’re looking forward to getting back to normality.
How did you get into writing and creating music? Was there a decisive moment or event that you remember that made you stop and think, wow, THIS is what I want to do with my life?
I think all of us were very heavily influenced by our upbringing. Our parents are all big fans of music so it was kind of a given for us to take such a strong interest in it ourselves. If there was to be a defining moment for me personally, it would have to be when a band from my school played a punk rock version of the school hymn in the morning assembly. I was 11 years old and it absolutely blew me away. From that point on all I wanted to do was get up on stage and play loud music with my friends
Let’s be honest 2020 has been a weird year so far and things will probably be weird for a while. As an artist, especially an artist with a single that has just released. How has this affected your rhythm? This is the time you would be out there promoting the new single for all your fans!
It’s been difficult to say the least. Not being able to tour, or play any shows at all for that matter has been tough on all of us. It’s the main reason we do this and when you don’t have that kind of outlet it takes a toll on other aspects of your life. That being said, it’s given us the opportunity to regroup and work on the other aspects of being in a band. We have a lot planned for the future, so we’ve had the chance to fine tune everything and make sure it’s all ready to go for when life does return to some kind of normality.
"With the alternative version for ‘Fool’s Gold’ however, there were no limitations, so we just went with whatever ideas came to us in the studio."
Your latest release, ‘Fools Gold (alternative)’ was released on March 5th what was the decision behind the reworking of the track?
At that point we weren’t ready to release anything brand new, but we still wanted to stay relevant and keep peoples attention. We’ve seen a number of bands re work their songs with incredible results, and it was definitely something we wanted to try. We all have an eclectic taste in music and this was just a chance to bring something different to the table.
Was it a difficult process re imagining the track?
To be honest, a lot of the songs start with a very basic acoustic guitar and vocal to them anyway, so we just brought the song back to that, and then spent time in the studio experimenting. It was a really relaxed environment where we just tried loads of different ideas to see what worked.
How did the process go for creating the track? Was it a different process when compared to your original EP ‘Everything We Left Behind?
Yeah, I think with our previous releases, we always have a rough idea at the back of our mind of how we should sound. You don’t want to stray too far from that and risk alienating your audience. It’s rare for any artist to have that level of freedom when it comes to a new release. With the alternative version for ‘Fool’s Gold’ however, there were no limitations, so we just went with whatever ideas came to us in the studio.
"We have been sitting on a load of new music for some time now. The whole pandemic has pushed the release dates back, but our new single ‘LONDON’ will finally be released on 17/07, with a lot more planned for the rest of 2020."
With ‘Fools Gold’ original last year, does that mean new music is on the horizon?
We have been sitting on a load of new music for some time now. The whole pandemic has pushed the release dates back, but our new single ‘LONDON’ will finally be released on 17/07, with a lot more planned for the rest of 2020.
‘Fools Gold’ is an absolute power-house of a track. Is it always the ambition of the band to always push the limits of what the definitive The Young Hearts sound can be?
From the very beginning we wanted to be the band with the big choruses, and the stadium sound. We wanted to write anthems that really connected with people. It’s the kind of music we love, so there will always be a part of us that wants to recreate that with The Young Hearts.
With everything still up in the air, what do you think the rest of 2020 will look like for you as a band?
As I mentioned before, there is new music coming very soon so we’ll be promoting that any way we can. Hopefully the tours we have booked will go ahead, but if not, then we have to make the best of the situation and find an alternative way to push The Young Hearts to the next level.
If you could choose any one person to do a guest spot on one of your tracks who would you choose and why?
There are a lot of artists that greatly inspire us, but it would have to be Springsteen. Any song he features on is a stadium filler, and there are very few musicians as iconic as the The Boss these days.
Finally, If you had to choose one song from the The Young Hearts catalogue that you feel encompasses the bands signature sound, which song would you choose and why?
Of the songs that we have currently released, it would have to be ‘Fool’s Gold’. It’s the absolute definition of The Young Hearts; honest, heartfelt lyrics with a hint of melancholy, anthemic guitars and a big chorus.