BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2010 The Young Veins: Take a Vacation! (One Haven/Southbound)

 |   |  1 min read

The Young Veins: Cape Town
BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2010 The Young Veins: Take a Vacation! (One Haven/Southbound)

Here's my theory about The Young Veins, for what it's worth: they are aliens who crashed landed secretly in California behind a music store, got on the computer late at night and Googled "pop music".

Disturbed by the cops they grabbed some band names and songs at random, fled with some instruments and have subsequently launched their pop invasion on the back of a charming hotpotch of influences.

On this album you can hear deliberate references to the Searchers, Beach Boys, McCartney in both his Beatles ballad era (And I Love Her) as well as his early solo career (Another Day), a touch of Phil Spector girl-group and Brill Building pop, and maybe even they mistakenly picked up on the Rutles . . .

This album delights with summery pop tropes but has often bewildering or funny lyrics -- which explains my "alien theory", I initially thought this California five-piece had English as a second language -- and they cover When You Walk In The Room which shows impeccable taste (even if the result doesn't quite soar as it might).

They mostly sit at the lighter end of power pop but the real fun here -- other than soaking in it - is spotting the clever lifts from The Pop Masters (McCartney, Brian Wilson, the Association, the young Tom Petty etc).

On the title track they remind me most of the Wonders -- who of course weren't a real band at all. But the Wonders -- one hit wonders -- were great and so are these people, alien or not.

A summer soundtrack guaranteed to raise a smile and nod of recognition.

Like this, try Kelley Stoltz.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures/Pentimento Vol 1 (Ndeya/Border)

Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures/Pentimento Vol 1 (Ndeya/Border)

Trumpeter Jon Hassell came to attention at the dawn of the Eighties via a couple of innovative albums, Fourth World Vol 1/Possible Musics with Brian Eno and the even more interesting Dream Theory... > Read more

Half Japanese: Hear the Lions Roar (Fire)

Half Japanese: Hear the Lions Roar (Fire)

Always something of an acquired taste, the avant-rock, inspired but wilful amateurism, indie cult-cum-comedic sound of Half Japanese – now more than 35 years into a “career”... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Bon Jovi: Having a bar of it

Bon Jovi: Having a bar of it

My knowledge of Bon Jovi has always been limited, and even more so back in the early Nineties when all I could conjure up for a pub quiz would have been "New Jersey, the cover of their... > Read more

Louise Attaque: L'imposture (1997)

Louise Attaque: L'imposture (1997)

Louise Attaque were, for about five years from 1996, one of the most popular bands in France. Their self-titled debut album of '97 was widely hailed and went on to sell almost three million copies,... > Read more