Single Review: Young British Artists – Everything in Front of You

By on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 at 12:00 pm

At the start of a new year, you want something that will rattle your bones a bit, something that will make you feel alive. So that’s where this band Young British Artists comes into the picture, you see. Their name would come up ever so often in my Twitter feed in 2011 and I thought, hmmm, must be something to them then. But I never actually got around to listening to them, until now. They seem determined to remain mysterious – they’ve got a very spare Web site that has little meat to it (it’s where I took the very non-descript header photo above), and my research was made more difficult in the fact that “Young British Artists” is also the name of a late ’80s London artist movement of the same name. Confounding.

But let’s get to the matter at hand that you’re here for: my thoughts on the Manchester band’s latest single, ‘Everything in Front of You’. It begins with swirly Horrors-like guitars. I think, good start, the majority of UK indie fans will lap this up. I pray for something better to come. Then Male Bonding-type powerhouse drums make you take full notice. Before laying into you with nice guitar jangling, that is. The lyrics, sadly, feel like an afterthought: the delivery doesn’t feel emotionally real to me, it’s just shouting. Which I guess is something of a trademark of all good punk records? All things considered, this is a brill beginning musically. Young British Artists might be a case like the Temper Trap: better live than on the recording.


Young British Artists’ single ‘Everything in Front of You’ (backed by ‘Blood Brother’), out on the band’s own YBA label, can be streamed and purchased from the Bandcamp widget below.

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