UK outfit Young Guns are poised to release their fourth studio album, Echoes, later this summer, and dosed Van’s Warped Tour audiences with bits of Echoes in preparation. This highly anticipated follow-up to breakout albums Bones, and Ones and Zeroes boasts a unique, alt-rock ego, one that makes you want to fight a motherfucker and yet simultaneously dance, channeling the likes of Muse and Bring Me The Horizon, but with a style that is their own.
Since signing with Virgin Records, Young Guns have seen their popularity soar, with air play on international rock stations as well as Octane on Sirius XM. The band has been playing King of the Hill of Opening Acts, first sharing the stage with Danko Jones and All Time Low, then more recently Enter Shakiri, Bullet for My Valentine, and Breaking Benjamin. Who they’re dethroning, I can’t say. I mean, I ain’t here to throw shade like I’m Gene Simmons on whatever bullshit reality show he’s on now. Let’s keep things relevant.
Produced by David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, Art of Dying), Echoes begs you to memorize every hook, aims to be the anthem for your summer angst, with lyrics like “Take it back, take it back, you’re goddamn right I’m bitter” from currently available single “Bulletproof,” to the yearning orchestral elements in songs “Afterglow” and “Paradise.” While that would be enough, Echoes is not a simple summer soundtrack. “Mad World” presents a timely critique on the current world attitude of “shoot before you think / take everything” proclaiming, “It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.”
Young Guns, (not to be confused with the 80’s faux-cowboy film you’ve desperately tried to forget) are highly memorable for a reason; they marry perfectly crafted lyrics to catchy tunes, while slamming our ears with soaring riffs grounded by solid beats. Young Gun’s growing popularity is also a testament to the strength and diversity of the rock community. While some bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Avatar offer a heavier side of metal Young Guns inserts an often mellow yet exciting and upbeat sound, and rock fans embrace them all when they’re this brilliant.
Whatever your type of rock, one thing is crystal goddamn clear: Young Guns continues to reinvent our concept of what hard rock can be, and Echoes epitomizes a genre where every type of rocker can find a tune that appeals to their soul.
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