blood youth talk sophomore album
written by: meg
While the UK is the home for a lot of great up-and-coming pop punk and alternative bands, there’s also been some great heavier acts from the country as well, one of many of them being the Yorkshire-based hardcore quartet Blood Youth. Between 2015 and 2018, the band released two EPs and their debut full-length on Rude Records, and have played various different tours and festivals. February of 2019 brought the band’s long-awaited sophomore LP, “Starve.”
“We always played it very safe as a band. We wrote a lot of songs that we knew a lot of people would like. With this album we wanted to completely flip everything on its head. We wanted to take people by surprise and just completely change the way we are perceived as a band,” Blood Youth says about the record, “Recording Starve was a very intense process, the entire thing really pushed us mentally and physically. We wanted to create this super dark and scary album. The only way that is possible is to take yourself to that dark and scary place. Writing the lyrics for this album really messed with my mental health and it started to actually physically affect my body.”
With each release Blood Youth puts out into the world, from their early EPs to the two full-lengths they now have in their catalogue, they continue to evolve their sound even more.
“It’s definitely gotten darker and heavier. We always planned to go heavier, Starve felt like the perfect time to do that. We have all grown so much over 4 years, it was only a matter of time before our music changed with us,” the band says about how their sound has evolved over the years, “Lyrically, I wanted to stop writing so many songs about ex-girlfriends and relationships. I wanted to write more about how we all feel as a band. There’s three other people in this band and we all go through things. We were all also very inspired by horror movies. We only watched horror movies in the studio and a lot of them really freaked us out. We really wanted Starve to replicate those feelings and to make listeners feel like they were in a horror movie themselves.”
With this record being a bit different compared to the band’s previous work, what exactly can people expect from it when they listen for the first time?
“You can expect to be taken to a completely different place. This record is so dark and heavy, it will make you question yourself and the way you feel about things,” the band hints, “I think everybody will have a different experience when they listen to it.”
”WE NEVER SET A LIMIT ON WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THIS BAND.”
After the success of their 2017 debut LP, “Beyond Repair,” Blood Youth soon became a rapidly rising band in their home country and the genres of music that they play in, and this new album cycle will take them to new heights.
“We never set a limit on what we want to achieve in this band,” they say about their goals for this release and beyond, “We want to play the biggest venues to the biggest crowds with the biggest bands. Hopefully this record will push us up to those heights and even further. You never know what’s round the corner in this industry!
In support of “Starve,” Blood Youth have currently been on a headlining tour, and will be appearing at festivals such as Reading And Leeds and 2000 Trees later in 2019, and something you can expect more of from the band soon is even more shows.
“We will be spending as much time as possible on the road,” the band reveals, “We are so excited about Starve, we just want to play these songs to as many people as we can. Expect to see us at a venue near you soon!"
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BLOOD YOUTH'S SECOND FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, "STARVE," IS OUT NOW VIA RUDE RECORDS. LISTEN TO IT HERE: