Birmingham punks Youth Man are pleased to announce that they will be releasing their new EP Five Songs on 29th June 2018 via Alcopop! Records.
Alongside the news the duo have revealed another brand new cut from the record in the shape of ‘Statuesque’ which can be streamed and shared in full here:
Recording the EP with old friend Mark Gittins at Megatone Studios in Digbeth, Birmingham, the band utilised his indepth knowledge of their working process and sound to the max, and took full avantage of the space on offer – a quirky unit full of weird and wonderful bits and pieces of equipment. There’s a shaker on ‘Valley Girl’ that was made from a mic windscreen filled with thumbtacks and covered in gaffa tape, along with various bits of African percussion that were threaded through the recordings after they were found knocking about during sessions.
This time around the band have moved away from their punk influences and are exploring fresh dynamics – elements of hiphop rub shoulders with old guitar pop and The Knack-era rock, and the funk breaks of Parliament and Funkadelic. The lyrics have been streamlined – there are less direct political outpourings for a start – but as Perks is quick to clear up, “That’s not to say we’re no longer politically vocal. I just didn’t feel like bashing on about it so much this time because I spent most of last year drinking and partying too much and feeling sorry for myself. Each one of the songs on this record is either about being drunk, ill, sad or pissed off, because 2017 sucked.”
“We absolutely are distilling our sound,” they state emphatically. “We’re really, really bored with just making bangy, shouty music all the time. Miles was still in the band whilst we were recording and mixing the record, and between the three of us we just wanted to make something that would sound wicked coming out of your speakers. A sonic adventure, if you will.”