Birmingham punks Youth Man are back! Kyila Whyte (guitar and vocals) and Marcus Perks (drums) run through everything you need to know about their return – in their own words.
THERE ARE TWO OF US NOW.
M: Miles [Cocker, bass] left at the end of last year, after we finished the new EP. We wish him all the best. From now on, we’re a two-piece; the live show is still as rad as ever.
K: We have our friend Meesha playing live bass for us at the moment, but creatively it’s two of us writing and recording the music.
WE HAVE A NEW EP DUE OUT IMMINENTLY.
K: There are five new songs on it. We wrote a lot of stuff and discarded a lot of stuff – the five songs you’ll hear are the ones that made the cut.
M: Most of the lyrics were written while we were invading Europe in a van on tour with Trash Talk, so a lot of it’s about cabin fever and fatigue and intoxication and stuff.
EXPECT FEWER SHOWS AND MORE MUSIC.
M: We’ve been playing shows here, there and everywhere for years and we realised that in the course of doing so we’ve kind of neglected our foremost duties as musicians – writing songs. We’re gonna spend lots of time locked in our bunker mekkin big choonz.
WE STILL FIND SOCIAL MEDIA FUCKING BORING.
M: Bands – nay, all people – are expected to cultivate and maintain this strange social media presence. It’s so weird and boring and valid and narcissistic. We have neither the time nor the attention span to tell everyone what colour pants we’re wearing and what we’ve ordered from Nando’s, so we generally don’t bother.
K: However, we know it’s really useful, and we want to let people know what we’re up to so we try to partake. We’re really bad at it though, so bear with us…
WE HAVE A NEW RECORD DEAL.
M: We signed to Alcopop! last year and promised them a banger of an EP which I think we have delivered. It’s mad really – they’re a fantastic label run by swell guys who love music and aim to push the envelope regarding the way people consume music – I really don’t think we could ask for a better label.
K: Yeah, we’ve been fans of Alcopop! for a while so we’re stoked to finally be working with them. Brucey bonus being on the same label as some mates too. Large up man like Tigercub and Johnny Foreigner.