London-based duo Young Romance have released their long-awaited debut album, ‘Another’s Blood’, out on Banquet Records.
‘Another’s Blood’ is a beautifully constructed 10-track epic that merges the powerful vocals of Claire Heywood and raw garage guitars of Paolo Ruiu to create something truly unique.
While setting a dark tone throughout with their new wave inspired songwriting, anthemic choruses and vocal hooks will draw you in immediately and stay with you long after first listen.
Doubling up as drummer, Heywood fronts Young Romance impressively while guitars are allowed to wash over her, creating walls of feedback and riffs. Taking their cues as much from the likes of Ride and Blondie as they do modern contemporaries such as CHVRCHES, these guys are doing something fresh, in a fiercely independent way.
“We made the album ourselves” they tell us, “It has been quite a DIY effort. We felt that we had reached a point after working with different producers that we knew what we wanted to make musically. We experimented with different recording techniques through tape machines and various different distortion and echo effects units to help enhance the sound. We’ve fought very hard to create the music that we want and believe in, rather than what would appeal to a mass audience. We’re not sure that we fit into any specific genre but I don’t think you really have to anymore.”
After early shows supporting Mystery Jets, Slow Club and Summer Camp, Young Romance self-released their debut 7″ ‘Pale’ via the Banquet Records imprint, and after a run of shows including Dot to Dot festival and Club NME at KOKO, they went on to release their 10” ‘Wild EP’ which was produced by Simon “Barney” Barnicott who has previously worked with the Arctic Monkeys, Peace, Suede and Bombay Bicycle Club.
The first single to be taken from the EP received praise from the likes of Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), John Kennedy (XFM) and BBC Introducing. The band then toured Europe with shows in Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Austria in March 2015. May 2015 saw Young Romance perform on the BBC Introducing stage at The Great Escape Festival, embarking on a headline tour as well as playing New York Popfest, supporting The Wedding Present and The Primitives before recording their debut album which is now available to order