One of Australia's most quietly adored bands stand ready to roar...Youth Group have the pop of The Posies, the articulate desire of The Red House Painters and Death Cab for Cutie, the rock of The Pixies, and the angst of Bright Eyes. 'Skeleton Jar' is the band's second album and the talents of singer/songwriter/guitarist Toby Martin shine through on this album like a beacon. Highly emotive lyrics navigate their way across varied landscapes of pop, folk, and rock terrain with his uniquely pure voice. From the haunting singles 'Skeleton Jar' and 'Shadowland' to live favourites 'See-Saw' and 'Piece Of Wood', Youth Group present an eclectic feast with a darker and less poppier approach. Includes the brand new track 'Someone Else's Dream' and very notable new packaging!
Sporting a hearty endorsement from emo-rock hero Chris Walla, the debut record from Australias Youth Group is extremely easy to like. Its sunny and sad like all good emo, as lead singer/songwriter Toby Martins melodies float around in a hazy kind of heartache. Sounding a bit (as you might expect) like Death Cab For Cutie
, with a side of early James
and a dash of Coldplay
, Skeleton Jar
isnt perfect; theres a sameness of structure and tempo, and you get the sense Walla shaved off one too many rough edges in the studio. Still, Martin writes with warmth and intelligence, and the band is limber enough to tackle a range of textures and emotions, dealing equally well with quick, bright choruses ("Shadowland") and more extended dramas (the lovely "See-Saw"). A promising release. Matthew Cooke