Youth Avoiders
Youth Avoiders


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andy H. B. USER (27 Reviews)
May 19th, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 06/17/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Well bang my ass and call me Shirley if this isn't a horribly overlooked gem of 2013's punk scene.

An appropriate soundtrack for storming the Bastille, Youth Avoiders' self-titled debut LP is a brief, yet furious and accordingly rapid fire display of every aspect that you would expect to be present in a desirable modern hardcore record. The Parisian firebrands bring with them a variable host of influences from the captivating darkness of the 80s post-punk scene and the urgent springiness of the Swedish melodic hardcore extravaganza to the aggressive catchiness employed by bands such as Minor Threat and Adolescents in simpler times. In particular, the second adjective describing the latter bands above rings like the bell at Notre Dame here, these songs quite simply will get stuck in your head.

This shouldn't be like trying to forget a drunken night where you got thrown out of a bar for punching your best friend, this is the positive side of memorable. Most notably, Chris' vocals are thick and rugged, yet also filled with a hoarse urgency that nearly edges into screamo territory at times. In addition, he also manages to add a slight melodic touch to his aching shouts into certain portions of the album (see the chorus of "Affliction"), which add a definite shout-along quality to his fiery lyrics. Instrumentally, the record is impressive as well, with the rhythm section of Marion, who mashes his skins like most men do with their genitals when they watch a Heather Vandeven solo video, and the twangy bass undertones of Bastien providing the ideal backdrop to the similarly jumpy, urgent guitar marauding and weaving of Christoph and Max. The warm and full production does a fine job in bringing out subtle nuances in the sound that otherwise might be hidden and really puts an exclamation point on Marion's drumming without becoming overbearing. Stand out tracks such as the closer "Oil Slick" and "Smoked Glass" really demonstrate this tight, calculated musicianship to a fine degree, and the results are pleasing to say the least.

One of the things that is also very evident is that this group of French bastards (well, one is German, but you get the f*cking picture) have an attitude and swagger to them that well exceeds their band's lifespan. Every track is enveloped in a feeling that they have been at this for an age, and yet they only put out their first demo in 2010. This is what is so promising about Youth Avoiders, they show such maturity for a band that is hopefully only beginning their career or the first leg of their Tour de France if you will. Personally, I only expect the quality of this band's future material to increase, with such a rock solid base for them to construct upon.

Anyone and everyone looking for a shot to the nuts and/or a hard hitting pièce de résistance of good old, snotty hardcore punk with a modern flash needs to give this album a chance. While Night Birds may have stolen the punk show in 2013 with their fantastic Born to Die In Suburbia, there are a number of sapphires and emeralds hiding underneath that desperately need more attention and this record certainly falls into that category.



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ShadowRemains
May 19th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh hey i still write reviews

this album fucking rules, get it you sons of bitches

ShadowRemains
May 19th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you people disappoint me

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2014


6344 Comments


Good review, pos.

The album is streaming at Bandcamp as a "name your price" deal.

http://youthavoiders.bandcamp.com/album/youth-avoiders

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Chortles
May 19th 2014


18102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review

album goes ham

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ShadowRemains
May 19th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes it does

ShadowRemains
May 19th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album is streaming at Bandcamp as a "name your price" deal.


i.e. there's no excuse not to get it

Relinquished
May 19th 2014


26013 Comments


copped this good shit long ago cuz of your 6mo list



ShadowRemains
May 19th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good

Relinquished
May 19th 2014


26013 Comments


long chains is damn cool

demigod!
May 19th 2014


45266 Comments


nice review. dug this album, had some good energy to it for sure. felt a bit overproduced, that's my only gripe



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Relinquished
May 19th 2014


26013 Comments


just the right amount for a 2013 release

ShadowRemains
May 19th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i felt it was produced just to the right degree, adds a lot of punch to the drumming without drowning out the rest of the sound

CaptainDooRight
May 19th 2014


30336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great band and album

ShadowRemains
May 19th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i look forward to future output quite a bit

SourAK
August 17th 2014


1630 Comments


7 ratings smh

ShadowRemains
August 19th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed

CaptainDooRight
November 6th 2014


30336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band rules so hard

ShadowRemains
November 21st 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only 8 ratings

this album is awesome and is free people!



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