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YUNG – ” Progress “

Posted: February 5, 2021 in MUSIC
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The Danish four-piece Yung is back with a new 7” Progress via PNKSLM Recordings. After the release of their debut LP A Youthful Dream through Fat Possum Records in 2016, which followed a series of acclaimed EP’s that brought them the attention of Pitchfork, Stereogum, NPR, The FADER and more, and years of touring heavily, the Aarhus based quartet Yung decided to take a step back.

After some time spent reassessing themselves and finding common ground to push forward, the band returned to the studio to work on a follow-up to their debut record, and now, four years after the release of the debut, the band is set to share the first fruits of that labour in the shape of the new single “Progress”, which is to be released digitally and on 7” vinyl alongside the B-side “New Fast Song”.

Having refined their sound while embracing a wider palette of inspiration, Progress is also a taste of Yung’s new full-length album and their first release with new label partner PNKSLM Recordings.

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released September 11th, 2020 nw album out now PNKSLM Recordings.

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Danish rockers Yung arrived with their debut album, A Youthful Dream, in 2016, and it was filled with punk-laced guitar pop, simultaneously scruffy and sharp, and often life-affirming. Now back with their follow-up, Ongoing Dispute, they sound like they’ve been emotionally tested and are now out to prove something. Their new LP is, at times, tense, as they try to make sense of where they are and where they’re going, but its unexpectedly intricate riffs and fits of rip-roaring joy both cut through and complement that emotional tension. They’re most exuberant and captivating on “Unresolver” a big-hearted track wrapped in stylish post-punk, jangly indie and explosive, warped garage rock.

There’s more to the stormy atmosphere that runs through Ongoing Dispute than that, though, as Silkjær can attest. “I did get my own head out of my ass, for a change!” he laughs. “In the past, I’ve always written about me, and my life, and things that affected me, but this time, I started talking more about things that affect everybody. I was thinking about the things that aren’t working in the world; there are songs about those kinds of problematic structures. There’s a song on the album called ‘Dismantled’; we had to dismantle our self-image as a band to move forwards, and I had to dismantle my self-image as a songwriter, too.”

Recorded over two sessions at Dreamland Studio and the tiny, now-defunct Studio One (so-called, Silkjær jokes, because you can only fit one person in at a time) and produced by the band’s regular sound tech Neil Robert Young, “Ongoing Dispute” is an ode to perseverance, collaboration and triumph over adversity. It represents the dawning of a new era for the band, the one that A Youthful Dream should have, and the title, says Guldborg Tarp, perfectly encapsulates the dynamic that has driven Yung forwards, out from under that black cloud. “Ultimately, that’s what the writing of this record was – an ongoing dispute. We come in to write and we’re referencing completely different bands, but every time we wrap up a song, we’re excited about it. It reflects the lyrical side of the record, too; it’s like the last few years of coping with the world have been an ongoing dispute for us!”

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Mikkel Holm Silkjær, Tobias Guldborg Tarp , Frederik Nybo Veile , Emil Korning Zethsen

“Unresolver” · Yung from the album “Ongoing Dispute” on PNKSLM Recordings Released on: 2021-01-22

Yung have taken the long road to this second full-length. By the time they released their debut, A Youthful Dream, it felt less like a launchpad for the Aarhus four-piece and more like a culmination; of years of touring, of a multi-EP trajectory that began with Alter in 2015, and of a transition from a project chiefly centred around the song writing of frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær to something more fully-formed. The upshot is, right when they should have been celebrating the opening of an exciting new chapter, they actually felt burned out. “It wasn’t that we didn’t like A Youthful Dream,” explains Silkjær. “We just weren’t quite proud of it.”

Accordingly, they took some time to gather themselves. “We were pretty worn down from a lot of touring,” says bassist Tobias Guldborg Tarp, “and there was a lot of banging our heads against the wall when it came to trying to write new songs. We had to step back and think about what we wanted to do as a band, and whether it even made sense to continue.” It was far from plain sailing once they eventually did regroup, towards the end of 2016, for more writing sessions; with Silkjær previously the primary songwriter, coming up with tracks that accommodated the polarised tastes of the individual members was a challenge. Guitarist Emil Zethsen takes his melodic cues from Prince and eighties pop; at the other end of the spectrum, drummer Frederik Nybo Veile is an avowed metalhead. “It was a struggle,” recalls Zethsen. “The four of us rarely agree on anything.”

Eventually, the breakthrough came. ‘Lust and Learning’ is a fizzing synergy of each of the four’s musical predispositions; chiming guitars from Zethsen, a strutting bassline from Guldborg Tarp and soaring backing vocals on the chorus accompany Silkjær as he spins a wistful tale of small-town inertia. It provided the spark for the sessions that birthed the nine tracks comprising Ongoing Dispute, the first Yung record in nearly five years and a compelling argument for the importance of taking your time. Following on from last September’s ‘Progress’ 7”, the album cleverly melds Silkjær’s penchant for krautrock with Zethsen’s handsome riffery and finds room for all four members to bring their influences to the table; the sweeping punk thrash of ‘Unresolver’, for example, gives way to woozy, reflective closer ‘Friends on Ice’ at the back end of the album, whilst elsewhere, the freewheeling rock and roll of ‘Above Water’ recalls Japandroids, and there’s a moody, post-punk edge to the furious ‘Such a Man’. Underlining everything is the atmospheric spectre of Killing Joke, one of the few bands that all four members of Yung cite as an inspiration.

Silkjær acknowledges that, had it not been for the difficulties the band faced in the wake of A Youthful Dream, Ongoing Dispute might never have been possible. “When I listen to it, I can hear a lot of that tension,” he admits. “It was a time when we were struggling financially, coming back off every tour actually owing people money rather than having made any. I can really hear the frustration that comes with an unstable economy in the songs. It was just a big, dark cloud that was hanging over our heads for a long time. We felt as if things were not going our way, and those feelings really manifest themselves on the record.

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There’s more to the stormy atmosphere that runs through Ongoing Dispute than that, though, as Silkjær can attest. “I did get my own head out of my ass, for a change!” he laughs. “In the past, I’ve always written about me, and my life, and things that affected me, but this time, I started talking more about things that affect everybody. I was thinking about the things that aren’t working in the world; there are songs about those kinds of problematic structures. There’s a song on the album called ‘Dismantled’; we had to dismantle our self-image as a band to move forwards, and I had to dismantle my self-image as a songwriter, too.”

Recorded over two sessions at Dreamland Studio and the tiny, now-defunct Studio One (so-called, Silkjær jokes, because you can only fit one person in at a time) and produced by the band’s regular sound tech Neil Robert Young, “Ongoing Dispute” is an ode to perseverance, collaboration and triumph over adversity. It represents the dawning of a new era for the band, the one that A Youthful Dream should have, and the title, says Guldborg Tarp, perfectly encapsulates the dynamic that has driven Yung forwards, out from under that black cloud. “Ultimately, that’s what the writing of this record was – an ongoing dispute. We come in to write and we’re referencing completely different bands, but every time we wrap up a song, we’re excited about it. It reflects the lyrical side of the record, too; it’s like the last few years of coping with the world have been an ongoing dispute for us!” 

Yung is Mikkel Holm Silkjær, Tobias Guldborg Tarp, Frederik Nybo Veile and Emil Korning Zethsen

Releases January 22nd, 2021

Written and performed by Yung

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The introduction to “Friends On Ice” reverberates like the switching on of machinery, the transfer of emotion through engagement or the wheel of cognitive thought ahead of comprehension. The thought-provoking new single by Danish collective Yung is cut from their upcoming LP which arrives this month on PNKSLM Recordings. “Friends on Ice” came about as a consequence of Mikkel being challenged to strum the most difficult guitar chord he could come up with. This approach has since become a go-to suggestion to any kind of creative block we encounter.

The instrumental repetition and momentum that Yung develop in the track seems to embody grief itself, allowing a contemplative and confessional lyrical delivery to drift ghostlike through the mix. On the subject of lyricism, vocalist and songwriter Mikkel Holm Silkjær explains, “It’s a song about alienation, loneliness and the immediate remedies we, as individuals in western society, turn to when confronted with pain or struggle.”

Previous singles taken from the band’s upcoming record – “Such a Man” and “Above Water” – offer a more combative and dynamic post-punk sound, which reveals “Friends On Ice” as a unique feat and a perfect album closer. Mikkel Holm Silkjær reiterates, “Capitalism promotes individualism, which makes a lot of people think they have to deal with issues and problems in life on an individual level, when often we’d be much better off if we dealt with things on a collective level.”

The sophomore record by the Aarhus quartet is entitled “Ongoing Dispute” and arrives January 22nd.

Aarhus four-piece Yung have announced their second LP is due out on January 22 on vinyl and digitally via PNKSLM Recordings. The long-awaited follow-up to the post-punks’ 2016 debut, ‘A Youthful Dream’, is preceded by a visual for opening single ‘Above Water’. 

Speaking about the track the band, led by Mikkel Holm Silkjær, say:

“For a long time we referred to this song as ‘The Yo La Tengo Song’. Finishing Above Water helped spark a curiosity towards a less obvious approach to songwriting. Originally, the song had a different ending but our friend and producer Neil R. Young swept in with a slick outro, which concluded the song in a big way. Lyrically, the song is an ode to individuals taking a stand against injustice and structures in society which oppose equality. These people often become the voice and the talisman of movements and generations, something that might come at a personal cost, but nonetheless something that makes way for dialog, discussions and hopefully positive change.”

Video by Tobias Holmbeck. Lead single from Yung’s second album Ongoing Dispute, due on January 22 2021 via PNKSLM Recordings on vinyl

YUNG – ” Progress “

Posted: September 3, 2020 in MUSIC
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The Danish four-piece Yung is back with a new 7” “Progress” out September 11th via PNKSLM Recordings. After the release of their debut LP A Youthful Dream through Fat Possum Records in 2016, which followed a series of acclaimed EP’s that brought them the attention of Pitchfork, Stereogum, NPR, The FADER and more, and years of touring heavily, the Aarhus based quartet Yung decided to take a step back.

After some time spent reassessing themselves and finding common ground to push forward, the band returned to the studio to work on a follow-up to their debut record, and now, four years after the release of the debut, the band is set to share the first fruits of that labour in the shape of the new single “Progress”, which is to be released digitally on June 12th and on 7” vinyl alongside the B-side “New Fast Song”.

Having refined their sound while embracing a wider palette of inspiration, Progress is also an early taste of Yung’s next full-length (due early 2021) and their first release with new label partner PNKSLM Recordings.

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Releases September 11th, 2020

Danish quartet Yung have shared a new track “New Fast Song,” taken from their forthcoming seven-inch single titled “Progress”, due out on September. 11th via PNKSLM Recordings. It’s their first release since their 2016 debut LP A Youthful Dream, released on Fat Possum. “New Fast Song,” the b-side to the seven-inch title track, is a return to the melodic indie of their debut LP, but there’s less distortion and more warmth this time around. “We keep falling / but I really never see it that way,” they sing with passion over the closing guitar throttle. There’s a sense of poignant restlessness, but a satisfying vigour underpins it all.

Mikkel on the lyrics of the song:
“The lyrics for this one were written in the backseat of a tour van, at the end of a two-week tour of Europe. The last show of that tour was in Madrid and somehow we’d decided that doing the Madrid-Denmark drive without a layover was a reasonable idea.
We got up very early in the morning, packed the van and drove out of Madrid. Did a quick stop to fuel up and stock up on essentials. We had breakfast and I had a lot of coffee. As we hit the road I was hit by an overwhelming amount of emotions. Post-tour blues, joy of returning home, frustration from realising a normal everyday routine would appear in life, a private economy which was barely existing, the beauty of Madrid and all its small and narrow streets and beautiful balconies, an unbelievably hot day and the prospects of being confined in an upright position in the backseat of a tour van the next 2.500 kilometres: All thoughts and sensations that passed through my mind all the while an absurd amount of caffeine rushed through my veins. I can’t really say exactly what these lyrics are about, but all of the emotions above somehow made their way into the song. Maybe it’s a song about the beauty of frustration and hardship. Maybe it was just me trying to make sense out of something which did not make sense at the time.”
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“New Fast Song” · Yung PNKSLM Recordings Released on: 2020-08-26

YUNG – ” Pills “

Posted: December 22, 2016 in MUSIC
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A less-intense prospect than fellow Danish dudes Iceage, Yung’s debut pulled back on their earlier post-punk leanings for jangly garage-rock rasps that sat somewhere between Orange Juice and The Strokes. “Morning View” was downright lovely, and stylish frontman Mikkel .

‘Pills’ is taken from A Youthful Dream, the debut album Yung
released back in June , a new full length album out in June on the wonderful Fat Possum Records. The name of the album is A Youthful Dream.

Yung released their debut LP A Youthful Dream . To set the tone, today the Danish four piece has shared the album’s first single: “Pills,” a dreamy pop-punk lament of an heavily Rx-ed lifestyle.

“’Pills’ was one of the first songs I wrote for this album, and I’ve used the song as a sort of navigation point for what I wanted the rest of the record to sound and feel like,” Yung frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær explained adding that, “Thematically, the lyrics speak for themselves. People think the key to sanity in modern day society is pills.”

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As Colvin & Earle, longtime friends and admirers Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have united to record their self-titled debut, a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces. Produced by the masterful Buddy Miller and recorded in his living room studio, Colvin & Earle contains six co-written originals plus some truly inspired covers, including The Beatles’ “Baby’s In Black,” the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday,” and Emmylou Harris’ “Raise the Dead.” Few things can touch the magic of artists so in tune that they seem to be able to read each other’s minds, and Colvin & Earle is a prime showcase for the duo’s inimitable vocals and mesmerizing guitar playing – a flawless example of the creative process gelling into a gorgeous, cohesive whole. For this pair, both considered to be among America’s greatest living songwriters, Colvin & Earle showcase one of the finest records of these hardcore troubadours’ storied careers.

BAND OF HORSES – WHY ARE YOU OK

Very Limited copies come with a A3 Band Of Horses print. Everyone’s favourite American indie export, Band of Horses, are finally Back and bigger and better than ever! Releasing their fifth studio album on the 10th year anniversary of the incredible ‘Everything All The Time’ is fitting as it hearkens back to the vulnerability present on the first album but this time is shaped by the experience of writing at home in between caring for his four daughters. The album was produced by Jason Lytle from alt-rock icons Grandaddy and spurred on by Rick Rubin. ‘Why Are You Ok’ combines universal sentiments with expertly crafted storytelling wrapped in lush melodic textures that have long been the bedrock of Band of Horses‘ sound.
LP – Heavyweight vinyl with download code.

THE FIREWORKS – BLACK AND BLUE EP

Shelflife Records is proud to bring you the Limited Blue vinyl 10″ ‘Black and Blue EP’, the first release by London and Brighton-based group The Fireworks since their debut LP, 2015’s ‘Switch Me On’. Following a handful of fantastic 7″ singles and a self-titled EP, the quartet exceeded already high expectations on their debut album. ‘Switch Me On’s 13 tracks soar by in a blur of warm, fuzzed-out feedback, infectious hooks and pure unadulterated energy.  Fans old and new of The Fireworks will not be let down by their new ‘Black and Blue EP’. The release may only be four tracks long, but you’ll be needing to take a breather after it’s done. These songs mark the most rocking we’ve heard The Fireworks thus far, while still keeping the catchy melodies and pop sensibility we’ve come to expect from them. The driving opener ‘All the Time’ is an instant favourite, and the dynamic track tells listeners right off the bat that this is no mellow, passive listen. ‘The Ghost Of You’ features jangly guitar work and fantastic dual vocals from Matthew Rimell and Emma Hall, making the track a shimmering pop gem. Of course, the distortion that smattered ‘Switch Me On’ is still present, and tracks like ‘Bury Me’ will have you jumping around in a fit of uncontrollable vigor (perhaps why they chose to name this the ‘Black and Blue EP’). The band touches down on all bases on this new release, making it an essential listen whether or not you’ve been a fan in the past. For fans of: Razorcuts, Buzzcocks, Girls At Our Best!, Revolving Paint Dream, The Shop Assistants, Meat Whiplash, Bubblegum Splash. Vinyl with Download.

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Whipping up a frenetic, fun-filled brew of surf pop and garage rock, this Manchester quartet have been creating quite a stir with a handful of great 7″ singles and high octane live shows over the last few months.

“Tell Me If You Like To”, is their debut album and it’s choc full of garage-punk gems (including their three 7″ single tracks) as you’d expect – think The Ramones covering The Beach Boys, OD-ing on Haribo’s!
“the most promising band of 2016”

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Christine And The Queens is Nantes-born Héloïse Letissier. Moving to London to study in 2010, Letissier instead found herself drawn to the art and theatre underworld of Soho, where she met the drag queens of Madame JoJo’s who inadvertently helped birth Christine And The Queens. The following year she released the first of a series of three EPs, each one building praise and demand for her utterly individual brand of pop. Chaleur Humaine, her French-language debut album produced by Ash Workman (Metronomy) with multi-instrumentalist brothers Michael Lovett and Gabriel Stebbing, arrived in 2014 and has already gone more than five-times platinum to propel Letissier – named Female Artist of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique earlier this year – to phenomenon status in her homeland.

Already coveted by those in the know, last year Christine And The Queens took a step further into the international spotlight with a number of high profile European shows and scene-stealing performances at SXSW, a major 16-date North American run with Marina and The Diamonds and a solo sold-out headline show at New York’s Webster Hall. She capped a stunning year by joining one of her all time heroes Madonna on stage in Paris last week. She released her debut, self-titled UK EP in November and now ‘Chaleur Humaine’ makes its long-awaited UK debut. The album features EP tracks ‘Jonathan’ (feat. Perfume Genius) and ‘No Harm Is Done’ (feat. TunjiIge), and has been completely reworked for its UK release, featuring all-new English versions of French runaway hits ‘Saint Claude’ and ‘Christine’, amongst others.

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“This is Your Life”, the new album from anthemic rock trio, Augustines, is an urgent, resonant wakeup call, taking stock of where we are now and what the future holds… an open road ahead.

YUNG – A YOUTHFUL DREAM
‘A Youthful Dream’ the debut album from Yung is a revelation. Angst makes space for wisdom, youthful exuberance begins channelling road-tested experience, and a blur of basement shows and self-produced bromides becomes something more. Where the previous releases such as ‘These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores’ found Silkjær masterfully running through buzzsaw riffs, recalling The Replacements and Jay Reatard, ‘A Youthful Dream’ finds Silkjær reshaping his DIY vocabulary and experimenting with a larger sonic palette, in ways that may make fans do a double take. Richer melodies, pianos, and even trumpets made their way into the recording sessions at Sound Studio in Sweden, where Silkjær, Frederik Nybo Veile (drums) and Tobias Guldborg Tarp (bass) decamped with a handful of guest musicians. Consider the airy, self-referential ‘The Child,‘ a reverie or languid guitar lines punctuated by a horn line; the mid-tempo swagger of ‘Uncombed Hair,’ suddenly amping up without losing control; or the slow build of ‘The Hatch,’ its anthemic scope and chugging drums lines showing a new compositional mastery without losing the immediacy and energy of past efforts.
LP – Black Vinyl with Download.
LP+ – Limited Clear Coloured Vinyl with Download.

VAN MORRISON – IT’S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW (LIVE) – VOLUME 1
Remastered reissue of the original ‘It’s Too Late to Stop Now’. The three-month tour, which launched just months before Morrison released his 1973 LP ‘Hard Nose the Highway’, featured the singer backed by the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra, Morrison’s tight knit backing band. ‘It’s Too Late to Stop Now’ is a live album that was originally released in 1974. Frequently named as one of the best live albums ever recorded, ‘It’s Too Late to Stop Now’ was recorded during what has often been said to be Morrison’s greatest phase as a live performer. The double album is composed of performances that were recorded in concerts at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, California, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and at the Rainbow in London from a three-month tour with his eleven-piece band, the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, from May to July 1973.

VAN MORRISON – IT’S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW (LIVE) – VOLUME 2, 3, 4 AND DVD
Van Morrison’s 1973 tour that spawned the singer’s classic live album ‘It’s Too Late to Stop Now’ is the focus of an 3CD / 1DVD archival release. Titled ‘It’s Too Late to Stop Now… Volumes II, III, IV and DVD’, the collection boasts three previously unreleased concerts from Morrison’s trek – recorded at Los Angeles‘ the Troubadour, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and London’s Rainbow Theatre – along with a July 24th London gig that was filmed for a BBC Sight and Sound special but never commercially released.

We’re pretty partial to most things musical coming out of Denmark these days, and Yung is no exception. It’s essentially the project of Mikkel Holm Silkjær, a Danish DIY dude who’s been behind a drum kit since age four, thanks to his musically inclined father. And while any punk band can throw down some barre chords and do their best Paul Westerberg impersonation, Yung stands out for the moments of sweetness amidst the hard edges of distorted guitars.

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