Vocalist Gustav Wood sings angelically in such ballads as “You Are Not,” and takes on a punk edge when singing “Towers (On My Way).”
These songs I’ve mentioned, however, are from YG’s second album Bones, released in February of 2012. An excellent LP, this album is no match for Ones and Zeros, released TODAY, which can be purchased via their website and iTunes.
Ones and Zeros provides an evolved Young Guns sound, with aspects that represents their current musical interests and skills.
“We took a lot of time on them,” says guitarist John Taylor about the songs on Ones and Zeros. “We focused a lot more on the rhythms… [and] there’s a lot more electronic elements involved. Fundamentally, they’re just bigger, better songs.”
Their hit single, “Bones,” off their old album got serious radio playtime and was nominated for Best Single in the 2012 Kerrang! Awards.
Guitarist Fraser Taylor adds, “We’d already done “Bones.” We’d already done that style of writing. We started writing songs that were quite similar to “Bones” in the initial stages of the record. It wasn’t really exciting us at the time… We wanted to write songs we were loving.”
Instead of focusing on a specific subgenre of rock, they worked to try and consolidate all their influencing genres into one block, creating their trademark Young Guns sound.
Bassist Simon Mitchell says, “The songs are a lot more uptempo and a lot more upbeat than in Bones.”
Fraser Taylor laughs, explaining, “We’re impatient. We want people to hear it.”
They hope that their fans have been downloading the singles as they’ve come out, and will simply purchase the rest today (or I suppose tomorrow, or maybe even Thursday).
“We’ll write songs on piano,” explains John Taylor. “We’ll write songs purely on drums to start, and then we’re using all those soft synths, and that’s something we’ve never done before.”
Of course, at some point every artist experiences writer’s block, a horrific incident in which his/her ability to hone in on their creativity and produce music (or in other cases poetry and other sorts of writing) is gone, and his/her heads are blank.
Young Guns has dealing with writer’s block down to a science.
Fraser Taylor says all you do is, “cry for a little bit, and then say ‘WHY AM I DOING THIS?’”
However, Young Guns works extremely well under pressure, and when there’s a deadline to meet, they next to never have trouble accomplishing whatever magnitude of songwriting needs to be done.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.