Bands to Watch #76: The Filthy Youth

By on Wednesday, 28th January 2009 at 3:13 pm

The Filthy Youth (side)You would not be alone in thinking you’d accidentally clicked onto The Libertines’ MySpace when checking out the band I am going to tell you about today, readers. The Filthy Youth are a London-based indie quintet who cite The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller and The Strokes as just some of their influences. Unsuprisingly, the band’s MySpace avoids any mention of Pete Doherty’s former group, however. Still, you only have to listen to The Filthy Youth’s tunes to hear the impact The Libertines have had on their musical output – to write Doherty in the ‘Influences’ section would just be stating the stupidly obvious. The sunny guitar riffs, witty shouts and stumbling, dry vocals on tracks like ‘Orange’ and ‘Pirate’, surely wouldn’t be out of place on Up the Bracket.

Although the Doherty imitation can get a bit cliché after a while, The Filthy Youth still bang out undeniably decent tunes and there certainly is a gap in the market right now for an indie-punk band such as this trendy five. What makes the currently unsigned group all the more attractive to potential record labels, however, is stylish frontman, Ed Westwick. The band have gained a large, particularly female following thanks to Ed’s intriguing day-job – his role as socialite Chuck Bass in hit American teen drama, Gossip Girl. Although this may partially help to explain the (over a) million hits on the band’s MySpace, regardless of Ed’s fame, The Filthy Youth are still an undeniably good band in their own right.

So while The Filthy Youth may be set to become the future pin-up group of teenagers around, their indie tunes with a punked up edge are still up to scratch for the more mature music-fan, too.

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2 Responses

6:52 am
17th May 2009

Honestly, I didnt like this band when I first heard them (yes, I only heard them because of Ed Westwick on Gossip Girl; but come on, I’m an American Girl, how else was i supposed to find out they existed). Then, since it was Ed Westwick, I decided to give the band a second shot. And I started liking them a bit more. Then I listened again and I started liking it a bit more. All I can say is, this band grows on you and you get addicted. They better come up with some new songs and quick. =]

9:23 pm
8th July 2009

Well when i first heard them it was love at first um hearing(?)… i also admit like Ashmi, that i heard of them cause i think ed westwick(chuck bass) is soo HOT but i genuinely like this kind of music and it was only the cherry on top for the vocals to be the unforgettable ed westwick. i guess you realy can hear the in fluences but they’re a good band nonethe less and i cant wait to hear more! and you do get addicted!

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