CMU Approved

Approved: Young Fathers

By | Published on Thursday 12 March 2015

Young Fathers

Contrary Mercury winners Young Fathers will release their new album, ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’, through Big Dada on 6 Apr. Following on from last year’s ‘Dead’, this record sees them reborn as a pop act. Or at least their version of one.

First single ‘Rain Or Shine’ was released last month, a tense track kept claustrophobic by staccato organ and bass before opening up wide at its mid-point. In a moment it shifts from trying to keep the listener at bay to welcoming them in. Which is perhaps some sort of metaphor for what the band are trying to do.

Certainly, new single ‘Shame’ seems to begin where its predecessor kicked off. A twisted take on 60s garage pop, it comes dangerously close to having a singalong chorus.

Young Fathers begin a tour tomorrow at Skelmersdale Library, heading to the US for much of April and May, before returning to the UK for a fairly sizeable run that will see them play London’s Koko on 28 May and finish up in their home town of Edinburgh on 9 Jun.

Listen to ‘Rain Or Shine’ and ‘Shame’ here: