Kingston-based duo Young Romance are scheduled to release their long-awaited debut album ‘Another’s Blood’ via Banquet Records on November 25th. Their lead single ‘Disappear’ has been doing the rounds for the past month, creating a fair bit of buzz with its powerful blend of Kate Bush-esque vocals and scuzzed-up walls of guitar. GIGsoup recently spoke to vocalist/drummer Claire Heywood and guitarist/bassist Paolo Ruiu about their lead single, the forthcoming album, their influences and a little bit more.
What’s the story behind the album’s lead single ‘Disappear’ and its accompanying video?
Disappear was written reflecting the feeling of someone being at their lowest because of their own actions and that things will only continue to get worse for them regardless of change. As bleak as it sounds it is more of an angry reaction to someone who will not accept their faults rather than a melancholy recoil. We shot the video around Kingston where we live, as the song was written and recorded here and it felt right to document that some how.
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You released your first few tracks in 2012 on net-label EardrumsPop, how did you both meet and how long did it take you to develop a sound that you were happy with?
We met when we both moved to Kingston, and we had been in a band for a few years before that finished and from the ashes we started writing as Young Romance. We initially just started writing songs for ourselves that weren’t necessarily destined to be performed but it went from there really. After wanting to start a band properly again, we worked on creating simplistic drums that gave Claire the freedom to sing too, and Paolo began looking at how to make the sort of wall of guitars that we loved in so many other bands music.
Artists like Kate Bush and The Jesus and Mary Chain have been mentioned when describing your sound, who are some of your biggest influences?
Although both of these bands would definitely fit into our influences, we also like quite a range of other things too. Alongside bands like Blondie, Velvet Underground, Buzzcocks and Suede, we also like more recent stuff like Bleached, The Vaccines, Black Honey and The Mystery Jets, and the more melancholy Soak and Beach House.
You’ve played alongside some fairly popular artists since you started out, with White Lies being just the latest, which city or town have you enjoyed playing in the most over the past four years?
Some of the London shows have been really great, KOKO being an obvious stand-out, but Manchester is always good fun and we had an amazing night in Glasgow when we toured with The Heartbreaks!
Finally, what have you both been listening to in 2016? Is there anything in particular from the past year that’s caught your ear?
We’ve both listened extensively to the new Mystery Jets record, but Paolo especially has been really into Black Honey this year.
‘Another’s Blood’ will be available from November 25th via Banquet Records