Ships June 30th
It’s a Catch 22. Those young enough to make music in their free time rarely have any unique life experiences to sing about. Those with the battle scars and broken bones put down their instruments and capitulate to “real life.” The Young Offenders’ guitarist Jason recently asked: “When you get to a certain age and you’re a creative person, you’re like, ‘How can I make a fuckin’ living and still not hate myself?’”
San Francisco’s Young Offenders’ answer comes in the form of their first record that’s not a split LP or a 7”, inside of eight tightly-knit, dancey, not-scene-or-subgenre-specific songs. You like a little bit of melody in your punk? You like sexy bald brains? You like songs with definite parts, weight of thought, sharp edges, and punch? You like cohesion, the feeling of “Fuck yeah. This is an album. This all fits together”?
How do you learn survival? By surviving. By taking the hits and not forgetting. The personal. The political. The snapshots that keep piling up as life goes on. All of Leader of the Followers is songs about everyday life when that everyday life includes not only waking up hung-over, getting your family and work shit together, but going to funerals of friends while still on that treadmill of day-in/day-out existence. How do they do it without breaking down?
For fans of: Alopecia, wishing every spin of the came with a freshly-pulled pint, Mission Of Burma, Blitz, Futureheads, international diplomacy, 4/4 beats, The Chords, John Peel’s sense of adventure, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Airfix Kits.
Alternative album titles under consideration: Bald Is Beautiful, Shat in a Bag