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Music Blog: Young Thugs Episode Two "Bingo Hall of the Dead"

21st July 2016

Mastering the album

Mastering the album

Part two in our series by Steve Piper following York’s bright young noisemakers around some cool and unusual venues. This time up they have a video to show off and a new album release on the cards.

If there’s one thing that sets the York music scene apart, it’s collaboration. Most cities are full of isolated independent band-states, while York’s got something a bit more like the EU going on, minus the Brexit.

Wilderland’s packed second event at Dusk in early July was a perfect example; York stalwart headliners Bull were joined on vocals by Kai who plays in Hyde Family Jam with Sam who was singing in support act Empire alongside Conor who played with Kai in The Littlemores. The other support act was Martyn from …and the Hangnails who joined Tom and Dan from Bull, Bonnie From The Lungs, Danny from Slab and Jonny from LUUNA as guest artists on Bingo Hall of the Dead; the debut album from South Bank Suicide Club, and Young Thugs’ first release.

Most cities are full of isolated independent band-states, while York's got something a bit more like the EU going on, minus the Brexit.

Bull performing at Winderland in Dusk

Bull performing at Winderland in Dusk

It’s an appropriate one for a York focused label because it was born from that incestuous spirit of collaboration, emerging from the jam sessions that brought us all together; over a couple of months a stream of musicians poured through the Hovel Studio churning out over 50 songs.

Three core contributors emerged to make up South Bank Suicide Club (Dave Washing Machine Repairman, Hannah Bungard from We Are Hannah and James Rotchell who people may recognise from a bunch of Redshirt Films’ projects), who picked out thirteen of the tracks to tweak and polish into an album that defies categorisation in all the best ways possible.

Southbank Suicide Club L-R James, Hannah and Dave

Southbank Suicide Club L-R James, Hannah and Dave

Bingo Hall of the Dead artwork

Bingo Hall of the Dead artwork

You could call it eclectic; rock and techno elements mix with a pile of often undefinable other music ranging from carnival sideshow to classical flute solo that altogether sounds like, well, a party really. A great big piss up that you wish you’d been there for; it’s all the joy music should be full of humour and good times.

Dinosaur delivers an anti-establishment anthem telling a story of dinosaurs taking back the planet, Liquify My Prey delivers sexual innuendo in the entirely practical context of a Venus fly trap whilst Granary Anomaly is largely a song about bread: “gluten free bread tastes like sawdust” chime a chorus of voices, whilst a soulful “the toaster settings are too high” circles mournfully in the background; you really worry about those toaster settings.

Bingo Hall of the Dead is at all the usual digital places from July 25 and can be streamed on Soundcloud HERE, where you can also download lead single Liquify My Prey for free; and check out the music video from Coffee Films below.

More releases news and, hopefully, news on a series of live sessions at The Hovel with outstanding acts from across the York musical scene all coming next month; come hug the thugs x

Steve Piper Young Thugs Records/ Coffee Films

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