Youth Killed It – Modern Bollotics (Rude Records)
If Mike Skinner had forged a career as an indie-punk maestro instead of taking The Streets worldwide, Youth Killed It would have been the result.
With songs that paint a vivid picture of growing up, the challenges faced by becoming an adult and trying to make it in a band, the five-piece have mastered the art of crafting a story and transmitting that through a pair of headphones.
A sharp sense of humour never hurt anyone either, and it’s clear that Youth Killed It possess that in spades as Cheers Mate (Skit) and (Jean-Claude) Van Mann kick off the album in typical London cheeky chappy style.
But Modern Bollotics isn’t all about taking the piss out of the world around us, there are some incredibly infectious hooks and the whole record has a wonderful blending flow that means listening to the whole album goes down incredibly easily.
The real surprise from this band is to learn that they had a previous life as a metal act called Under The Influence, who had some measure of success as they toured Europe and America – but after reforming in 2016 Youth Killed It was born.
This incarnation of the group are as infectious as it gets, and FUDGE is a quirky foot tapper about failing GSCE’s while You Don’t Know is a brawling singalong about judging a person too quickly before you get to know them.
Modern Bollotics is a quickfire introduction to indie-punk, with the tunes barely cross the threshold of the three-minute mark. The fast paced, quick talking of the record is part of what makes it such a delight to listen to.
To come from the world of metal to their current genre is a hell of a turnaround for Youth Killed It, but on current evidence they made the right decision.
RUSHONROCK RATED: 8/10 Nailed it.