Album Premiere: Animal Youth – “Animal”

ANIMAL YOUTH portrait

Oathbreaker, Newmoon, Brutus, and… Animal Youth. Yet another amazing Belgium band in what seems one of the most exciting moments for that country’s music scene. Formed in 2016 from the ashes of Siamese Queens, the Brussels-based trio are getting very close to release their debut full-length album. Animal, which is due on May 27th via Weyrd Son Records [pre-order] and today we couldn’t be more thrilled, having the chance to premiere and unveil these nine fantastic songs. Animal oozes romanticism and the band’s recipe includes both post-punk and shoegaze, in a record that is both noisy, subtle, and through and through unrelentless. Every little detail is important and Animal thrives in delivering compositions where what’s at the back is as important of what’s in the front.

Listen to the amazing Animal below and take the time to read the band’s comments on the record and some of the most important songs on it.

From youth to animal, some words about the essential songs of the album.

Animal’s writing started at the end of a noise-punk project, and it really influenced the writing process, in it’s early beginning. We didn’t exactly know what we wanted to do, we just knew we wanted something more emotional, more introspective, something very personal.

The first song we wrote was “To Burn Is The Next Big Thing,” and for sure this one was necessary for us; it was like finding our new path, to built a brand new sound of our own.
For sure we’ll always have these noise reminiscences, and you can feel it in almost every song of the album, even a synth-based song like “Feeling.”

Another important song is “Rainy Day. It was the second song we decided to keep, and that’s how people started to put us in that “cold wave” box (maybe because of the reverb we used in the studio), which is funny since the real influence for this one was the band Warpaint. I still think it’s an indie rock song, with something “post-punk” in the rhythmic section.

As we took almost one year to release the album, which was supposed to be an EP at first, there’s a natural evolution in the mood of the songs. “Sunday” is the best example—it’s a kind of Sunday morning song, talking about the sad mood I had been on Sundays, talking about waiting, wanting for something or someone you want, something you love. It reminds me a bit of The Smiths and could definitely been played unplugged.

Then come two special songs, one is a cover of a song composed by Peter Iver and David Lynch for the movie Eraserhead. I remember when I saw this movie for the first time. I was deeply lost and couldn’t get this part with the lady in the radiator out of my head. When we decided to put in on the record as an interlude, I did some research about it and noticed we weren’t the only ones, that lots of artists covered this song. I love the mood and I’m proud we could record it. I still want to play it live with a guest on the piano.

And then as a closing act—as a “goodbye song”—comes “You Don’t Know Love”, which is basically a story about the saddest goodbye I ever knew. The backstory is that one day I had to leave the first part of my life behind, when I had to leave Mexico after meeting my ex-girlfriend over there. We couldn’t be together again and we knew it. There was no way back. It was the real end of something, symbolized by a long journey through the night. That song has an evolution like this story, it starts with complaining lyrics about love and beauty, than an aerial and loud guitar part, ending with some fragile and nostalgic notes. It was the best choice to close “Animal.” Just like the right words to end the last chapter of a book.

There we are now, hope you’ll like it,

Stay romantic,

ANIMAL YOUTH

Upcoming Shows:

27/05 – Bruxelles – Beursschouwburg – Weyrd Son Records Festival
30/05 – Liege – La Zone
01/06 – Gand – Kinky Star
14/06 – Lille – Biplan
22/06 – Bruxelles – Atelier 20
23/06 – La Louviere – Taverne du Theatre
13/07 – Dour – Dour Festival
20/07 – Charleroi – Rockerill

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