- 18 November 2008
Youthmovies - Polyp
An Oxford-based quintet consisting of former Foals bandmember Andrew Mears and Al English (both of whom assume responsibility for guitar and vocals duties), as well as Stephen Hammond (bass), Graeme Murray (drums, vocals) and Sam Scott (trumpet, keyboards), Youthmovies formed at university in 2002.
Formerly known as Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies, and self-confessed anti-elitists, they pedal their own take on angsty prog-type rock with a distinct Midlake/Bloc Party undertone.
And as well as supporting the likes of Biffy Clyro and Death Cab For Cutie, they’ve also pursued the less-travelled path of live sound-tracking of films at London’s ICA and the Cambridge Film Festival.
Have they been described as being ‘a difficult band for the inexperienced to digest in a single sitting’?
Oddly enough, yes. But rest assured that a reliable source says that live, ‘their maverick sparks singe the air, songs composed of myriad movements reined in and refined, forced into an awkwardly pop-shaped hole.’
Which musical gods do they worship?
King Crimson, Steve Reich and Sonic Youth are ‘cornerstone influences’, but the band treasures its own originality.
What about records complete with hyperbolic description?
Their rapturously-received debut, ‘Good Nature’, comprises ten tracks, ‘balances the affecting and accessible with the beguiling and bombastic’, and was more than five years in the making.
It comes with this assurance: ‘This is fiery ambition committed to digital disc, the sound of five hungry souls realising all their potential in a blinding flourish of compositional extravagance and exemplary musicianship.’
And should you be looking for a more recent brace of songs, their Polyp EP was released on November 3.
Youthmovies play King Tut’s, Glasgow, on Thu 20 Nov and Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Fri 21 Nov.