My Lost Youth

Take The Stage EP

Written by: TL on 11/11/2009 00:17:25

To say that the UK underground is vibrant is roughly equal to calling the 9/11 a prank. An understatement of proportions. At any given moment, it seems that bands are coming out the walls, mainstream, scene and otherwise, dropping EP's and demos at such a pace that one can't help but to wonder, that if every bloke in Britain is seemingly busy brandishing a guitar, is anyone left to actually listen to all this music? What's my point with this? Well, nothing but to say that the band currently buzzing from my speakers are indeed British and brand new, bearing the name My Lost Youth and coming at us with their debut EP "Take The Stage".

To lay down some references, let's just say that MLY sound more than a little like pop/emo-punk shooting stars You Me At Six, in fact, they do so almost as much as they sound like their little known countrymen Kyoto Drive. That's not all though, as the nerdy scenester will also be able to pick up the odd early New Found Glory vibe as well as the "holy-shit-did-they-copy-that" Funeral For A Friend riff.

All in all, that's a good, nuanced cocktail for a band just out the gates, however, it is the similarity to YMAS that will probably haunt MLY the most. Not just because the rough-round-the-edges sound of both instrumentals and vocals, but also because that similarly to the best YMAS songs, the tracks here don't seem like anything special before they come around to their soaring, anthemic climaxes. Opener "The Aftermath" is as good an example of this as any, the way it begs for massive singalongs with the "The way you are/ the way I'm not/ we'll never be the same/ we're never gonna change!".

The truth of the matter is however, that this formula is followed on every one of the five songs, and while you might ask if that isn't a bit cheap, my answer would be that hey, if it works, it works, and when we're dealing with such a young band, I'm willing to cut them some slack. It's not like it's not easily enjoyable, or like they haven't got enough of a job cut out for them, having to find a way to beef up their expression without losing that rough charm or that unashamed sense for the sweeping - That is if we are to remain hopeful for them. Otherwise, there are more than enough pitfalls leading a band like theirs to a fate in a grey sea of indistinctive contemporaries, and I think that we should be thankful that we can enjoy this EP of theirs, before time gets around to telling us what becomes of them.


Download: The Aftermath, I'm Not Your Ecstasy
For The Fans Of: You Me At Six, Kyoto Drive, Taking Back Sunday, Funeral For A Friend

Release Date 02.11.2009

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