6th August 2018: Indie-Punk Quintet Youth Killed It present their new single ‘Headbutt’. Frontman/guitarist Jack Murphy reveals of the subject matter: “Headbutt is a song about the well known and very toxic alpha-male syndrome. I’m sure you’ve met these types of people in your life. They’ll do anything to try and impress you and those around you by lying to your face about being an astronaut, how 20,000 people turned up to your 100 cap gig or how much money they make. At the end of the day, if you do that you’re a very sad person, we won’t be friends and we’ll be left with wanting to Headbutt you instead.”
The track is the latest dose from their forthcoming announced sophomore album ‘What’s So Great, Britain?’. ‘WSGB?’ will see release via Rude Records on 5th October, with Murphy setting the scene: “Everything I’ve experienced over the last 14 months led to the creation of this record. Things that affect and impact the life of someone in their 20’s – from society to relationships. It’s been a mad 18 months for Britain and my personal life in general, so I really put my heart on my sleeve with this one.” The record is available to pre-order here, featuring instant grats of the plethora singles to date including lead single ‘Where Did I Go Wrong?’ (here); title track ‘What’s So Great, Britain?’ (here); and the seasonally appropriate ‘Great British Summer’ (here).
Completed by Carlos Montero and Josh Arter-Taylor on guitar, Josh Thexton on bass and Ben Ford on drums, Youth Killed It say “it’s hard to pinpoint where exactly our sound comes from, somewhere deep within the recesses of our minds probably.” The members have an eclectic range of tastes, from funk to indie, to alt-rock, blues, and prog metal. In fact, the band began life in Norfolk as metal-band ‘Under The Influence’, before reforming in 2016 with their current moniker and aspirations of “writing songs about never doing the dishes, hating their day jobs and having fun, not taking things too seriously in a world where everything is taxing and exhausting.” Signing with Rude Records on the strength of 2 EPs, saw the band release their debut album ‘Modern Bollotics’ in mid-2017.
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For ‘What’s So Great, Britain?’, the Norwich crew initially began working with a production team before rethinking this, preferring to self-record at Crystal Sound Studios, as Murphy explains: “Our sound just wasn’t where we wanted it to be, so Carlos and I produced it. It gave us more time and fewer restrictions. It really is from start to finish a band job: no extra writers, no producers, just us.” Capturing a raw and impassioned sound comparable to the likes of The Clash, Arctic Monkeys, and Blur, they return with more nostalgic 90’s riffs, stream-of-consciousness vocal deliveries, and charming hooks. Murphy declares: “Our sound has developed and matured into something I’m seriously proud of. I hope it resonates the way I want it to, as me and the boys put everything into it and as much as I love the last one, this one really is close to my heart.”
‘What’s So Great, Britain?’ Track Listing: 1. What’s So Great, Britain? 2. Headbutt 3. Where Did I Go Wrong? 4. Great British Summer 5. The Getaway 6. 0121 7. What You’re Thinking 8. Already Dead 9. No Money, No Monday 10. Peaceful House 11. This Sounds Cliché 12. On My Own
Youth Killed It’s UK Headline Tour: 6th October – Manchester, Aatma | 7th October – Norwich, Epic | 9th October – Birmingham, Subside | 10th October – Bristol – Hy-Brasil | 12th October -London, Notting Hill Arts Club