Their website proudly proclaims ‘We are Young Believers’ and York five-piece, Young Believers embody all the tantalizing exuberance and determination to boast such an optimistic statement.
Armed with finger-picking guitars and hushed lulling drumming, Young Believers (here) are the band you ought to see after scanning the gig-list at The Basement or such venue, purely for their brand of soulfully heart-warming folk for these lingering winter evenings.
Formed in 2008 after bonding over obligatory takeaways and Paul McKenna (how psychedelic) the early band members hired a van, driving into the sunset for gigging and initial recordings. Since then they’ve racked up an impressive list of bands they’ve supported such as Mystery Jets, Willy Mason, Danny & The Champions of The World and Slow Club. Since then, those who are regulars to the York music scene may have sighted Young Believers gigging constantly, either acoustically or on all ‘five’ cylinders.
New songs such as ‘Man vs. Nature’ and ‘Fear Walks With You’ highlight their move to Americana foot-stomping sounds and jangles, whereas earlier offerings as heard on the Postscript to Complaint EP in 2010, lean more towards the post-Britpop indie era of Babyshambles right through to obvious examples Mumford & Sons- a sound that is more attractive than ever. Add to all this to a homely Yorkshire vernacular vocal and you’ll have a good idea of where Young Believers are coming from.
Rave live reviews and a word-of-mouth reputation have gone a long way for this young band, and the future may be uncommonly bright. If you like music that’s mature, dream some and perfect for a long, empty highway then this is the band for you.
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