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MP3 of the Day #840: Young Rebel Set

 
By on Tuesday, 1st July 2014 at 10:00 am
 

How about something new from Young Rebel Set? North Base from Manchester have remixed ‘Yesca and the Fear’, from the band’s second album ‘Crocodile’ out now on Ignition Records. And you can have it for free! (Don’t say we never gave you anything.) It completely turns the song on its head; I wasn’t sure how a drum ‘n’ bass remix was going to work with a band like Young Rebel Set but it actually is pretty intriguing. Listen to the remix below, and if you like it, download it for free here. And to give you some context in case you don’t have the album yet (why don’t you?), I’ve embedded the promo video of the original song below too.

All our previous coverage on Stockton’s Young Rebel Set is here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7FkXAA7Tcs[/youtube]

 

Quickfire Questions #63: Andy Parmley of Young Rebel Set

 
By on Tuesday, 17th December 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

In this installment, we’ve got Andy Parmley, lead axeman of Stockton band Young Rebel Set answering the legendary TGTF Quickfire Questions. Who his favourite writer might surprise you. (To be honest, I’m not sure if he’s being straight with us or he’s taking the mickey…) His alternative career to music will make you smile too. Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Listening to some Motown on the old vinyl player.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Any Major Dude Will Tell You’ by Steely Dan.

What song makes you laugh?
Anything by that whining turd Bieber.

What song makes you cry?
Anything by that whining turd Bieber.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘She Loves You’ by The Beatles.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Songbird’ by Fleetwood Mac is an incredibly moving piece of work. A superb 3 minutes and 19 seconds.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLRyYETnoIE[/youtube]

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Someday’ by The Strokes. The perfect pop song.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Him who penned the bible was some writer eh? Belting imagination.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Without a shadow of a doubt, a male model. Definitely. That, or I guess I could have ran a successful paper merchants in Slough.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours’

Cheers Andy!

 

Live Gig Video: Young Rebel Set share interview video with clips of live Sound It Out Records performance in Stockton

 
By on Friday, 13th December 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Back in October, Young Rebel Set graced their local record shop Sound It Out Records to play an in-store gig. This video has clips of that performance, as well as intimate chats with each of their members about band dynamics and each other. Something pretty special. Watch it below.

‘Crocodile’, Young Rebel Set’s latest album, was released in the autumn. Catch the band on tour in February and March; they’re also playing a Middlesbrough Christmas show on the 23rd of December.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbKDyV4zOzQ[/youtube]

 

Young Rebel Set / February and March 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 20th November 2013 at 9:00 am
 

Young Rebel Set have announced details of a tour for next February and March. Tickets are on sale now for this tour, as well as a Christmas show the band will be doing in Middlesbrough on the 23rd of December. The Teesside band also will headline the Sunday night at the 2014 Stockton Weekender.

Just yesterday we posted this absolutely gorgeous live video of singer Matty Chipcase with an acoustic guitar performing ‘Yesca & the Fear’, from the band’s second album ‘Crocodile’ now out on Ignition Records.

Monday 23rd December 2013 – Middlesbrough Town Hall
Thursday 20th February 2014 – Cardiff Gwdihw
Saturday 22nd February 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 25th February 2014 – London Lexington
Thursday 27th February 2014 – Southampton Joiners
Friday 28th February 2014 – Crewe Box
Saturday 1st March 2014 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 6th March 2014 – Glasgow Broadcast
Friday 7th March 2014 – Preston Mad Ferret
Sunday 30th March 2014 – Stockton Calling Festival (headline set)

 

Live Gig Video: Young Rebel Set’s Matty Chipcase performs acoustic version of ‘Yesca & the Fear’

 
By on Tuesday, 19th November 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Teesside band Young Rebel Set have unveiled this live performance of their frontman Matty Chipcase performing ‘Yesca & the Fear’, the opening track of the band’s second album ‘Crocodile’, released this autumn. What a gorgeous rendition. Read my review of the LP here.

The band will play a Christmastime homecoming show at Middlesbrough Town Hall on the 23rd of December.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxUKNUR0krc[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Young Rebel Set – Crocodile

 
By on Thursday, 10th October 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Young Rebel Set Crocodile coverTwo years on from their brilliant debut album ‘Curse Our Love’, Young Rebel Set are one member lighter but showing no signs of slowing with the release of ‘Crocodile’, their sophomore effort. If you were wondering about the title of the LP, no, the the Stockton-on-Tees band have no designs on becoming reptile keepers, nor are they avid reptile pet collectors. I don’t think, anyway. In a feature with Contactmusic.com, guitarist Mark Evans explained that ‘Crocodile’ is actually a reference to a moment in the film ‘The Krays’, about the gangster twin brothers mentioned in Morrissey’s ‘The Last of the International Playboys’ when the two showed a twin telepathic connection in front of their schoolteacher. For Young Rebel Set, the imagery proved strong and exactly the kind of synchronicity they hoped to achieve in recording the album in Glasgow with frequent Mogwai collaborator and producer Paul Savage.

I have a serious question. Is being loved by Germany the kiss of death for English bands? It seems to have been the way for Hurts, who seem to have also become as revered as gods in Eastern Europe and Russia too, while struggling at home. When ‘Curse Your Love’ came out, I had been advised that Young Rebel Set, similarly, had a large fan base in the Fatherland. The bands don’t look alike or sound alike, so I can’t figure this one out. However, the longest song on ‘Crocodile’, clocking in at over a long 5 minutes, is ‘Berlin Nights’, which might just be a melancholy love letter to Deutschland, as frontman Matty Chipcase recalls “the cold of Berlin nights” in the middle of an affair, while wondering out loud, “who’d want to heed the one who’s carrying the weight of all the world? There must be colour in your eyes.” I like the song, I just think it could have been shortened and made tighter.

Single ‘The Lash of the Whip’ (single review here, Video of the Moment here) was the perfect choice as the first taster of the album, as it’s got echoey effects on the vocals and guitars and a jaunty rhythm that keeps it from being too serious. And it’s terribly infectious, like a more fun and debauched ‘Lion’s Mouth’. It’s located three songs into the album, after which time if you became a fan off the back of ‘Curse Your Love’, you’re probably wondering where the piano went. It isn’t until track #5, ‘The Girl from the 51’, when you’re rewarded with what sounds like an inspirational song to “Josephine, your heart was broke but strong / you refused to give up, and live on / you lost yourself and that’s all you’re a part / and you can decide where you belong”. It’s a little downbeat though. So where best to go next?

‘Another Time, Another Place’ vies with ‘The Lash of the Whip’ for standout track on ‘Crocodile’. (Get the track for free when you sign up for the band’s mailing list here.) Fuelled by exuberantly rocky guitars with Chipcase’s growly voice at the start until the song opens up at the chorus to become entirely winsome, even when he’s singing rather morbid thoughts like “before the reaper comes around and lays me 10 feet underground”. The song shows the protagonist’s inner conflict of being in love (“I hate that boy I know I used to be / so careless with love”) while acknowledging that a girl turned him into a person he did not want to become and/or destroyed him (“maybe if it had been another time, another place / then maybe I’d have walked away, but she pulled me back to the wrong side of the tracks / and bent my mind and left me astray”), yet, like I said, it sounds euphoric. Maybe it’s another case of a songwriter purposely trying to confuse us?

If we’re comparing this album to ‘Curse Your Love’, ‘Tuned Transmission’ comes across as a less tender but an equally relationship-generous ‘If I Was’. ‘Show Your Feathers and Run’ has its sweeping audience participation moments in the choruses that threaten to rival those in ‘Walk On’. ‘Unforgiven’ (live below) and ‘Where Have I Been Going?’, which can be thought of as solo acoustic numbers, remind you that this endeavour began as Chipcase’s solo career until he brought on five other musicians to help realise his vision. But there was something more sentimental and heart-wrenching about ‘Bagatelle’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVKAjElga1I[/youtube]

But what’s really missing here are the obvious festival-type crowd pleasers like ‘Walk On’, ‘Borders’ and ‘Fall Hard’ that made Young Rebel Set’s debut such a force to be reckoned with. I know when I had named ‘Curse Your Love’ one of my favourite albums of 2011, I was sharing a very unpopular opinion directly in opposition to people who marginalised this band with unfavourable comparisons of them with Mumford and Sons. I still think Young Rebel Set is the better songwriting band of the two, but for some reason ‘Crocodile’ left me less than excited. I still haven’t seen this band live yet, so maybe I will eat my words if I ever hear these new songs live up against the older ones and I am surprised.

6.5/10

‘Crocodile’, the second album from Stockton-on-Tees band Young Rebel Set, is out now on Ignition Records.

 
 
 

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