Since their formation six years ago Young Romance have gone about building a reputation as a thrilling live prospect. Even before releasing any records they’d shared stages with the likes of Mystery Jets and Slow Club. Those early shows were time well spent; honing their sound which pairs Paolo’s searing, heavily effected guitar lines with Clare’s primal pounding drum beats, and heartbreaking, intricate vocals. They released their excellent debut album, Another’s Blood, back in 2016 and this will be a chance to hear material from the upcoming, as yet untitled follow-up.
Their acclaimed, thrilling and succinct live show will be on display this weekend when they play with the likes of Sweet Baboo, Marine and Deerful at our upcoming all-dayer this Saturday.
FTR: For those who don’t know who are Young Romance?
We’re a fuzzy, noisy indie two-piece from London.
FTR: What made you form a band? What can you remember about your first show?
We originally started out writing songs that weren’t necessarily to be performed. It was more of a project for ourselves that developed into a band. Our first show was upstairs at New Slang, an indie club night that we used to go to every week so we remember it being great fun, I’m not sure now how great we were at playing at the time! Claire had never played the drums before that show except for rehearsal so she was terrified.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
I can do a lot of other art forms.. just badly – Claire
FTR: What can people expect from the Young Romance live show?
Loud guitars, terrible on-stage chat.
FTR: What’s next for Young Romance?
We’re currently finishing up our second album which we feel properly represents us and we can’t wait to release that, and we will be touring in the summer with The Primitives.
They Listen To…
The Supremes – Baby Love
I’m a massive 60s girl-group fan and every time I hear this song I love it more. Everything from the production to the vocal delivery is beautiful and I want to be Diana Ross so much that this is always my kareoke number, not because I can do it justice, but it’s the closest I’ll get to it being my song – Claire
The Libertines – Death On The Stairs
I remember when the Libertines came out I just loved that song. I remember them being the biggest band in Camden and it reminds me of when I was first in bands when I was a teenager, writing sweaty scrappy rock n roll songs while wearing a leather jacket (for the record I never wore a trilby) – Paolo
The Wombats – Backfire At The Disco
This song sums up my real true love for 2000’s indie. Super catchy and brilliant guitar songs with heart and a time where you could dance in packed clubs to modern indie bands. Larrikin Love, Good Shoes, The Holloway’s, The Maccabees and this song was always the one I waited for and went wild for the most. And still is. We always try and instill the idea of really melodic vocal melodies over the guitars and I think this comes from us growing up on these songs – Claire
Neil Young – Tired Eyes
I’ve always been a big Neil Young fan, but I became obsessed for a period last summer after reading ‘Shakey’ by Jimmy McDonough. This song is from ‘Tonights the Night’ which sounded like the most incredibly difficult and strange recording process. It’s a pretty raw record, the guitarist died of an overdose as did the roadie, and Neil Young’s relationship began to break down. They coped by living on a diet of tequila and burgers, and the outcome is an open and honest collection of songs. – Paolo
The Wedding Present – Kennedy
Touring with The Wedding Present was probably one of the most inspiring tours we’ve done. They showed us how to create a long career out of being in a band on your own terms with a good strong DIY ethic, without the support of major labels and some of the compranises that come with that. This particular song reminds us of dancing at the front of the crowd like idiots in Wrexham, not realising that we would be asked to tour with them again! Embarrassing but hugely fun. – Claire and Paolo
Another’s Blood is out now. Click HERE for more information on Young Romance