REVIEW: Shoegaze superheroes and pop-rock from Denmark

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Yung and Morning Smoke, The Prince Albert, Brighton, June 16

I do rather enjoy gigs at Brighton’s Prince Albert.

Morning Smoke

Morning Smoke

The beer downstairs is rather good when compared with many of the city’s other concert venues.

However, this being a Thursday night my consumption was limited to just the one.

The proceedings were launched by awesome Horrors-esque band Morning Smoke. I must say that I’m rather partial to what band members Milo, Chris, Max and Isaac have been offering over the past year. I’ve been eagerly downloading all of their songs on Bandcamp when they’re uploaded and I can’t wait for the time when they can get some ‘dosh’ behind them and release a physical album.

Tonight, our ‘local indie-shoe-gaze-superheroes’ were on stage for an all-too-short 30 minutes. Come on boys, I want more tracks and more local gigs!

However, they came, they had some beers, they played (awesomely) and they conquered.

Among their brief and brilliant set, they performed the exciting, relatively new ‘Isn’t Anything’, the Cure-sounding ‘Waste My Time’ and the Sex Pistols-esque ‘Soft Decay’. Luckily for me they played my personal favourite ‘How Does It Feel’. If there’s one thing you must do today, it’s check out these Brighton chappies.

Yung are an up-and-coming four-guy, indie-rock-band from Aarhus in Denmark.

These lads are Tobias (bass), Frederik (drums), Emil (guitar) and 21-year-old singer Mikkel.

They appeared in Brighton for the tenth of their 11-date European tour to promote their new album, A Youthful Dream. The front cover, strangely, has a vase full of roses on it and really does not portray what listeners will find on the disc.

Their current sound, I guess, can be best described as similar to DIIV in a polite, punk kind of way. Yung’s first couple of releases were heavy on the guitar riffs and more energetic, unlike their new stuff, which is more of a progression towards the rock-pop end, with lyrics about everyday life and the people they know.

At this ‘Albert’ gig they performed 13 tracks from their repertoire and, by and large, they were well received.

Although some did leave when Mikkel said they were going to perform some classics. Running from ‘Stairway To Heaven’, perhaps? .

Having said that though, it did feel to me as though the driving force of the band was Mikkel.

For more information on Yung visit www.yungbandstuff.com and for details about Morning Smoke go to www.morningsmoke.co.uk.

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