Legend has it that the first night the members of Young Things got together to create some “dark 60’s influenced garage pop,” the party got so out of hand that two of the four members ended up sleeping in the 96th St. subway station. That was when Mikey (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Josh (rhythm guitar/backing vocals), Neil (bass/backing vocals), and Jon (drums), knew they had something special. This was cemented at their second show, which became such a Spinal Tap-esque debacle that Mikey quit and walked off the stage. After a day full of apologies, the band realized they were already creating a reputation of delivering one of the craziest, best rock performances in NYC, and having as much fun as their fans.
Young Things - Heroes. Scoundrels. No accounts. Swell guys. Lousy Lovers. Great Americans. CMJ. NXNE. SXSW. Etc. Etc. Mike plays guitar but not very well. Josh likes Smashing Pumpkins. Jon plays drums but not as well as he thinks. Neil is good for a drink but better for a harmony. We miss New York when we’re away so it’s a good thing we don’t travel too much. We met in London and, every now and then, we’ll talk about that. We sound like your favorite band if they had never recorded that one album you just didn’t like.
Our debut album just came out and is available worldwide via Battle Records/Frenchkiss - HELLO LOVE // GOODBYE SEXUAL Produced by Lenny Kaye and Mike Comparetto. Mixed by Vance Powell. Featuring Har Mar Superstar. Early reviews have been incredibly positive. Here are some of our favorite quotes:
This NEW YORK band decided to coat eardrums with the stuff tourists hope to be sniffing and scraping off their clothes for weeks after their return home. The Young Things sound big and clean and like something that you can't just absorb in one sitting. Then Har Mar Superstar pops up in 'Goodbye Sexual' and it's like the masturbating worm in the candied apple • Vice
The Young Things' edgy, retro flavor is rock and roll in its purest form. It makes you wish more bands were doing what they're doing, and heck, the boys arguably just started • Huffington Post
Hello Love // Goodbye Sexual is a bouncy ride of exuberant and artistic rock that harkens back to strong Britpop influences, without losing the unabashed feeling of rocking out in an underground music hall in the East Village • athousandguitars.com
This is what I’m talking about. Loud, rough, and fuzzed out, with these really likable lyrics –the kind that just say it right – and somehow underneath it all still manage to sound vocally like early Beatles running rampid in the city night. if this band existed 23 years ago, they could have been picked by Nirvana to accompany them on tour • alancross.ca
Numerous times I thought to myself, "Woah! There is no way they can top this song!" Then all of a sudden, they top that song. It starts strong and finishes even stronger, making it one kick ass debut for these guys! • therecordstache
Old school rock and roll with a light, youthful vibe is what The Young Things is all about in Hello Love // Goodbye Sexual and their stellar debut releases just in time to rock out to during summertime in NYC • nodepression
Infectious, striking a fine balance between garage-rock fervor and nostalgic psych-pop sophistication • artistdirect
Young Things' musical heart lies--in a time when "New York music" was something sweatier and a good deal less precious than what's come to represent the city in recent years • John Norris • Noise Vox/MTV