Combining modern melodic pop with atmospheric and grandiose stadium rock, The Younger are a four-piece from Essex creating steadfast tunes which exude optimism and positivity. Having already received impressive radio coverage and about to release their debut commercial EP, Have Hope, we catch up with the boys before their date at The Flapper to chat style icons, appealing to the masses and the good old Birmingham nightlife.
How did you all meet and come to be in a band together?
Very organically, we’ve been friends for years in different bands around the scene and finally ended up forming the band after we realised our aspirations sound-wise were the same.
Who are your separate and collective musical influences?
U2, Kings of Leon, The Script, Jimmy Eat World, Imagine Dragons and many more.
You’re from Essex. Does this influence your sound and do you think you’d sound different if you were based elsewhere?
I’m sure we would but that’s a very difficult question to answer as we wouldn’t know unless we moved! People seem to have a fixation on where we come from as a band because it’s Essex, but in terms of influence, we take our cues from artists who are nowhere near our county.
Are you listening to any other Essex-based music at the moment?
Not really, we like bands like We are the Ocean, but again our taste lies further afield.
Your debut commercial EP is entitled Have Hope. Talk to me about it.
The EP is a very positive record which we hope will fit in a commercial sense – we see ourselves as crossover artists. Have Hope is titled as such because it’s a message we’d like to convey. Our first single, ‘Say My Name’, and another track, Eyes, are very indicative of the way we sound, big driving melody and rhythm with large stadium-sized choruses. Artwork-wise, our branding is four stripes over a half male, half female face, which symbolises our want to be a band that can speak to anyone, no matter what your background. It was important for us not to sound like just another angst recession band, and I think we’ve achieved that with this EP and more.
You’re pretty well-dressed gents. Do you have any style icons?
We like to shape up strong, generally mid 80s band style, with vintage distressed elements. As a whole, we all dress similarly, so to lock in a band ‘style’ wasn’t that hard – no-one was swimming against the current as such.
You play The Flapper in Birmingham on 1st October. You haven’t played in Birmingham before so do you have any expectations or preconceptions?
We are very much looking forward to it – Birmingham is a city with its own pulse and style, and we think The Younger could find a good foothold there with our sound. We don’t have any preconceptions as such – I know it’s a great city with a good nightlife and we hope that people bring energy to the gig.
What do you make of Friday Club and Of Kings and Captains, the bans who’ll be supporting you?
Both our support bands look and sound great, we love listening to new music and playing with new bands, so it should be a really good night.
What are your plans for the near future?
After this tour and EP campaign, we have a little while off to start on our next plans, which as a band we like to keep tight to our chest. Suffice to say, if you keep up with us socially on Facebook and Twitter (@theyoungeruk), we keep everyone very up to date and release new things all the time.
The Younger’s new EP, Have Hope, will be available on iTunes and Spotify from the September 30. They play The Flapper Birmingham on Tues 1st October with Of Kings and Captains and Friday Club, purchase tickets here.