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Youth mass morning run, evening sun (Heavenly) 3 Stars
There is no shortage of all-male quartets toting guitars, bass, drums and a commanding frontman in Ireland right now, but Youth Mass from Trim, Co Meath, emerge from the pile with a debut album that is frequently impressive.
If they were capable of penning more songs like Dream On, they would be a major force to be reckoned with because the urgent, insistent guitars from Darren Mullarkey and Neil Nevins, and thunderous rhythm section deliver the goods in remarkable fashion. It's a cracker – as is the clever accompanying video. (It's good to see bands haven't given up on being creative on the visual side, despite these straitened times.)
While it's undeniable that in places Youth Mass sound like a band who are trying to run before they can walk, but there are plenty of robustly penned post-punk songs. And it says something about Mullarkey's gifts as a frontman that you find yourself hanging onto his every word.
Dream On; Tony Don't You Worry
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