The Lexington – September 24th
Younghusband’s debut album, ‘Dromes’, is a great debut (as I said here), but if there’s a question to be answered by the band, ahead of this launch show, it’s whether they’ll prove to be more cutting edge guitarysynthypsychy (genre currently applying for indie patent) or, as the production of the record occasionally suggests, slightly too in thrall of 90s monoliths like The Stone Roses or The Verve. Good bands both, but what we’re looking for here is progression as well as prowess. We want imminence, we want immediacy and we want relevance. Thankfully, live, Younghusband deliver all this and more, capturing the focus of this Lexington crowd from start to finish.
Combining both the melodies of Madchester and the contemporary echoes of psychedelic rock heard in the likes of Tame Impala or Unknown Mortal Orchestra, they come across not just as undoubtedly accomplished musicians, but, more importantly, demonstrate an ability to create cohesive, compelling, moments and moods. Building up an insane amount of steam, the band create a great sense of momentum and atmosphere, especially when lost in their gripping instrumental sections. Singer/guitarist Euan Hinshelwood’s vocal suits the feel perfectly, too; all high range, clarity and intrigue. He also does charismatic frontman well; remaining alluring and aloof with that necessary touch of rapture throughout.
In a musical scene that is currently seeing many diverse artists have their say on the recent psychedelia-revival, their voice may just be a key one.
– Sam Hurst