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The Young

The Young: The Young [7 inch]The Young [7 inch] (2008)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: ManicManic
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The Young deliver a splintering punk rock sound that's heavy on distortion-driven guitar riffs and low-end basslines. This Austin-based band originally started as a home recording project back in 2005 before they officially took to the road in 2007, playing gigs in the Midwest, Northeast and Souther.
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The Young deliver a splintering punk rock sound that's heavy on distortion-driven guitar riffs and low-end basslines. This Austin-based band originally started as a home recording project back in 2005 before they officially took to the road in 2007, playing gigs in the Midwest, Northeast and Southern United States.

This self-titled 7-inch serves as the band's debut EP and contains four highly abrasive tunes served up in just under eight minutes.

Once the needle hits the wax the record jumps to life with "Get Out of My Face," a song that is as angst-fueled as one would expect it to be judging by the title alone. The song is very short, but makes up for that fact by including a great hook and an even more impressive shout-along chorus.

Other songs include "Hurt Each Other," "Erase You" and "Nobody Cares," which seem to follow the same pattern and dynamic as the opening track. Again, these are short and powerful numbers.

What this band does particularly well is that they manage to deliver punk rock with an old `80s hardcore edge in a way that is just as bare-boned and stripped-down as the songs dating back to that older musical era. There's no use for fancy guitar solos and perfect harmonies. Instead, what listeners can expect is sound that's as raw as it is reckless.

This release, while being short in duration, definitely packs a wallop and seems to capture a violent vocal streak with just enough hard-edged guitars and deafening drum work to leave a lasting impression.

 

 
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overdefined (June 23, 2009)

"If I were to review albums they'd all get either 1-2 stars or 8-10 stars... I don't listen to stuff I don't like that much, I wouldn't go buy an album from a band if I don't know I'd like it 8 stars-worth from hearing songs on myspaces and stuff. Or I would review some major load of shit just because and give it 1 or 2 stars. Though I don't like giving ratings that much anyway, because it's relative to a bunch of things and the individual, and just ugh."

Wow, what a coherent and complete thought.

Blackjaw_x (June 19, 2009)

If I were to review albums they'd all get either 1-2 stars or 8-10 stars... I don't listen to stuff I don't like that much, I wouldn't go buy an album from a band if I don't know I'd like it 8 stars-worth from hearing songs on myspaces and stuff. Or I would review some major load of shit just because and give it 1 or 2 stars. Though I don't like giving ratings that much anyway, because it's relative to a bunch of things and the individual, and just ugh.

overdefined (June 19, 2009)

I don't have much experience below a 5. It hurts to shit on someone's creative effort that much.

inagreendase (June 19, 2009)

5 is mediocre. 4 is kinda bad and the lower it goes the more cringeworthy.

mikexdude (June 18, 2009)

Here's my breakdown on higher scores:

10 - Damaged - Black Flag
9/10 - The Shape of Punk to Come - Refused
8/10 - Recent albums that don't have the longevity yet; Daylight's demo

I just think with Manic's description, the fact this is a 7'', etc, the high score is misleading to the readers.

overdefined (June 18, 2009)

The whole star scoring system is off. It's not punknews either, look at any publication that uses it, it just can't be consistent. Manic seems to be an all or nothing kind of reviewer, but that's his style. Whatever. I've written a lot of 6 and 7 star reviews, but I hate them because it means almost nothing. This seems to be the breakdown:

10 is for classic records that never got a review.

8 or 9 stars means the reviewer really liked it.

6 or 7 means that it's good but not great.

5 or below it sucks.

mikexdude (June 16, 2009)

Manic, I kind of want to hear why you think this deserves a near-perfect score.

That's usually supposed to be IN the review.

sugarfull (June 16, 2009)

judging from the description, this doesn't deserve higher than a 6. A nine looks pretty absurd, and this is coming from someone whose done at least two nines. Manic, I kind of want to hear why you think this deserves a near-perfect score.

mikexdude (June 16, 2009)

A close to perfect score?

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