THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH announce ninth LP, share ‘The Death of the Author’

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THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH
Cult post-punk band announce ninth album
‘Montage Images of Lust & Fear’ (Due: March 29th)

Share first single: ‘The Death of The Author’ (Listen here)

 

On March 29th, Berlin via Manchester outfit The Underground Youth will be releasing their ninth album, Montage Images of Lust & Fear, on Fuzz Club Records and it’s undoubtedly their most sincere work in an extensive, decade-long discography with which they’ve picked up a cult following across the globe – made evident in their millions of YouTube streams and relentless international touring. To announce the album, the band are sharing the first single ‘The Death of The Author’, described by guitarist/vocalist Craig Dyer as “a macabre industrial ballad following the final hours of a down on his luck writer.”

‘Montage Images of Lust & Fear’ is The Underground Youth’s most intense and honest record yet – in the ambitious songwriting and live recording (a first for the band), as well as the lyrical subject matter. Talking about the album, Craig explains “Montage Images of Lust & Fear is inspired by the succession of experiences we are increasingly dealt by the media. Sex, violence, love, suspicion, desire, distress, etc. The album acts as a montage itself, the subject of each song dealing with an aspect of either lust or fear. Like flicking through the channels on a television. Until in the end you are overcome by white noise. Static.”

In its rawest moments (‘The Death of the Author’, ‘Blind II’), The Underground Youth’s haunting post-punk melancholia recalls the abrasive banshee-like noise of The Birthday Party and Suicide; jagged, shrieking guitars twist and turn as Craig Dyer’s dour vocals jerk from morose and impassioned to macabre screams. Though this is an album of two sides; the more intense and challenging songs punctuated by heartfelt and solemn ballads (‘Too Innocent To Be True’, ‘This Anaesthetised World’) that are aided by the additional lap steel guitar of Kristof Hahn (Swans) who plays on six of the album’s nine songs.

Since the release of their aptly-titled eighth full-length, What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?, in February 2017, the band have set out on four UK/European tours clocking in at over 100 shows (not including stand-alone gigs). If all that time touring has taught the band anything, it’s how to work together as a collective and Montage Images Of Lust & Fear is all the better for it – the first The Underground Youth record with all the band members involved in the writing.

“Unlike previous albums in which I’ve written the tracks and taken them into the studio to record with or without the band, this record is the product of us all working on the music and arranging the songs together,” Craig explains: “We recorded the album live with the four of us playing in the same small room and with our guitarist Leo as producer, running back and forth from the mixing desk to the live room. As a result, the recording perfectly captures the raw intensity of our live performance, something we’ve never done before.”

The Underground Youth is comprised of Craig Dyer (vocals/guitar), Olya Dyer (percussion), Max James (bass) and Leo Kaage (guitar). The band’s ninth album, Montage Images of Lust & Fear, will be released on vinyl, CD and digital on March 29th 2019 via Fuzz Club. In support of the new album, and keeping to their prodigious work ethic, the band have also announced details of a mammoth tour across the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia that’ll see them visit 25 different countries.

PRAISE FOR THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH
“[The Underground Youth] are cult heroes, with their lysergic journeys tapping into ley-lines across the globe… 
A distorted vision of psychedelia left to rot in the open sewer.” Clash Magazine
 
“Just as much a piece of infectious guitar-pop as it is a piece of hauntingly good post-punk/psych.” Kaltblut Magazine
 
“The Underground Youth have never shied away from making music that hits you in the gut and the heart.” Echoes & Dust
 
“TUY have installed themselves as a mainstay in the ever-expanding psych arena by producing 
album after album of darkly seductive, moody tracks which have an appeal to a wide range of listener.” Backseat Mafia
FULL INTERNATIONAL DATES (MORE TBA)
06/03    HK    HONG KONG        MOM Livehouse
08/03    CN    SHENZHEN        B10
09/03    CN    GUANGZHOU        T:Union
10/03    CN    XIAMEN            Real Live
13/03    CN    CHANGSHA        Red Club
14/03    CN    WUHAN            Vox
15/03    CN    NANJING        Ola Livehouse
16/03    CN    SHANGHAI        Bandai Namco Shanghai Base – Future House
17/03    CN    BEIJING            Omni Space
19/03    JP    TOKYO            Moonromantic
21/03    TW    TAIPEI            The Wall
23/03    TW    KAOHSIUNG        Megaport Festival
17/04    DE    HALLE            Objekt 5
18/04    DE    HAMBURG        Molotow
19/04    NL    AMSTERDAM        Q-Factory
20/04    BE    LEFFINGE         De Zwerver
23/04    UK    GLASGOW        Broadcast
25/04    IE    DUBLIN            The Grand Social
26/04    UK    MANCHESTER    Soup Kitchen
27/04    UK    LONDON            Test Pressing Festival
28/04    UK    BRISTOL            The Lanes
30/04    FR    PARIS            Petit Bain
01/05    BE    OPWIJK            Nosta
02/05    DE    NUREMBERG        Z-Bau
03/05    DE    KARLSRUHE        KOHI Kulturraum
04/05    DE    FRANKFURT        The Cave
08/05    DE    DRESDEN        Ostpol
09/05    DE    KÖLN            MTC
10/05    CH    ZÜRICH            Zukunft
11/05    IT    VERONA            Colorificio Kroen
13/05    AT    VIENNA            Arena
14/05    CZ    PRAGUE            Kasárna Karlín
15/05    CZ    BRNO            Kabinet Múz
16/05    HU    BUDAPEST        ELLÁTÓház
17/05    AT    GRAZ            Music House
18/05    SK    BRATISLAVA        Kulturák Klub
21/05    MK    SKOPJE            MKC
23/05    BG    SOFIA            Mixtape 5
24/05    RO    BUCHAREST        Control Club
25/05    RO    CLUJ NAPOCA    Form Space
26/05    RO    TIMISOARA        Reflektor
29/05    IT    ROME            Largo
31/05    IT    BOLOGNA        Freakout Club
01/06    CH    MONTHEY        Pont Rouge
02/06    FR    LYON            Le Farmer
05/06    ES    SEVILLA            Sala X
06/06    PT    LISBON            Musicbox
07/06    ES    MADRID            Sala El Sol
08/06    ES    BARCELONA        Sala Upload
09/06    ES    SAN SEBASTIÁN    Dabadaba
10/06    FR    LIMOGES        Le Phare
11/06    FR    NANTES            La Scène Michelet
12/06    FR    TOULOUSE        Pavillons Sauvages
13/06    FR    MARSEILLE        Le Molotov
14/06    IT    BRESCIA        No Silenz Festival
15/06    DE    MÜNCHEN        Milla
21/06    DE    BERLIN            Burg Schnabel
 

 
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