Tuesday Morning Jams – Young Brother
Like a jackass, I’ve been sitting on this for a few weeks now and just now realized that I hadn’t posted anything about it. So here you go: some new jams for your Tuesday morning.
Young Brother is an indie rock band from Orlando. They just dropped their debut EP last month, and I’m here to tell you that it’s pretty awesome. You wakeboarders out there might recognize some of the guys in the band: pro rider Jeff McKee is the drummer, while Alliance’s Josh McWilliams and Chris Heavener (Chase Heavener’s brother) play guitar and bass. There’s also another guitarist named Alberto, and although I don’t think he has any wakeboarding connections, I’m sure he’s a swell guy.
If you’ve seen the new Obscura movie, Washed Up Before We Were Has Beens, you’ll recognize Young Brother from the movie’s opening sequence. If I had to compare the music to anything, I’d say it sounds kind of like Tame Impala or Annuals or maybe even the last Deerhunter record. It’s mostly very layered and soothing but there are some really big, epic moments as well. Solid jams all around; I’d say it’s good choice if you’re sitting on a porch/dock/boat drinking beer or if you have to drive somewhere with your mom in the car and don’t want her to hear your heavy metal or gangster rap.
The band pulled a Radiohead and put the entire 6-song EP on their Bandcamp page where you can pay what you want to download it. I’m particularly glad that it’s so good because the last time a bunch of wakeboarders got together to make music, the result was BoardBeats, and that was the biggest GD musical disaster I’ve ever seen. I mean seriously, who thought that was a good idea?
Anyway, go check it out. I give it the official TA Seal of Approval, which is almost as good as a Best New Music tag on Pitchfork or a spot on the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack.
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Currently Playing on the Laptop
- Young Brother – EP (duh)
- Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
- The Melvins – Lysol