Youth Sector are announcing a new single, “Is Blood”. It is the latest to be taken from their forthcoming new EP Adult Contemporary which is set for release on 18 Feb 2022 via Family Values.
When Youth Sector first emerged with 2020’s debut EP Mundanity, they immediately marked themselves out as a band capable of pulling at life’s chaotic threads with an un-nerving dexterity. They employ a playful tension, often loaded with the threat of unpredictability that, in a flurry of newly-adopted funk and groove elements – and under the influence of art-rock greats of yore – comes spiraling to life in a carnival of leaping synths and ricocheting basslines that have a habit of exploding into lawless, free-wheeling, joyous abandon.
The last few months have taken Youth Sector around the UK and Europe, supporting bands including Courting and The Ninth Wave, as well as performing at numerous festivals. It has given them a fresh opportunity to tighten their gaze on the world around them. While it is fair to say that thematically the band takes great pleasure in skewering the concept of a Cruel Britannia – they themselves viewing a world strewn with inequality and a failing-upwards political class – the Brighton art-rock 5-piece never revel in bleakness. They manage to twist everyday narratives into music that is quite the opposite; upbeat, and full of positive energy and earworm melodies.
New single “Is Blood” continues Adult Contemporary’s cross-examination of a sleepwalking middle-England, this time conjuring imagery of the wayward nationalism that increasingly finds itself a mainstream voice. Atop skittish guitar-lines and washed-out synths, guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Tompkins considers the human cost paid by others so that our own land could become rich and prosperous. “The red on your favourite flag is blood”, he sings. Tompkins comments further on the song:
With Adult Contemporary, Youth Sector take a bold leap toward harnessing how it feels to navigate life during a time of persistent political turmoil and turning it into a sound of feverish intensity.
Youth Sector are:
Nick Tompkins – Lead vocals / Guitar
Josh Doyle – Bass
Bradley Moore – Lead guitar
Steve Ray – Drums
Nick Smith – Synth / Keys