Youth Culture Forever

$ 12.00

01. Erreur Humaine
02. Tongues
03. Someone New
04. Owls Talons Clenching My Heart
05. Give Up
06. Alone
07. An Honest Romance
08. Narcissist
09. Let’s All Let Go
10. Great Bear
11. YCF
12. War Cry

 

Recording at Adam Pierce’s (Mice Parade/ Swirlies) studio in the woods outside of New York City, PAWS produced the album themselves in an attempt to strive for the sound that they had always imagined for the band. As Phillip Taylor from the band says “It feels like everybody considers our debut LP to be ‘lo-fi’, which really bothered us as we felt it was the complete opposite by comparison to our early releases.” He states that he wanted ‘Youth Culture Forever’ to be “bigger and louder, softer and quieter” and to “present the potential of our dynamic range more accurately than the first album”. This can be heard right from the album’s opener, ‘Erreur Humaine’, which opens with Taylor playing a gentle, lilting guitar riff and ruminating on the end of a relationship with typical searing honesty before the full band explode into life, sounding heavier, fuller, and darker than ever before.

While the track lengths have expanded on occasion, so has the instrumentation, as Taylor explains; “We thought it would be nice to try and highlight the mood within certain songs with some textural instruments. The Cello (played by Isabel Castellvi, who has worked with Diane Cluck, Coco Rosie and Mark Kozelek) just has a very mournful and profound presence and it felt appropriate for the songs we used it in, it's a beautiful instrument.” Elsewhere instruments such as Piano (played by Adam Pierce) and Glockenspiel highlight vocal hooks and add richness to complement the fuller production values of the album. This is not a band that has forgotten the power of a hook, or how to write a sub-three minute pop-punk song, however, as the brilliant ‘An Honest Romance’ demonstrates. Possessing a huge sing-along chorus and lyrics about unrequited love that are anecdotal and painfully specific while being instantly relatable, the track is PAWS at their melodic, heart-on-the-sleeve best.