The Bowery isn’t the mecca for rock ‘n’ roll mayhem anymore, but the rambunctious, punk-spiked spirit of its ‘70s heyday is alive and kicking in the music of The Young Things.
The band is currently recording a full-length effort slated for release later this year. In the meantime, they can most often be found on a stage in some local dive playing songs from their 2009 EP, …Is The Killer, a six-song/15-minute soundtrack to the sort of debaucherous, barely legal good times that can still be had in the city that never sleeps.
“New York City is absolutely fundamental to this band,” says lead guitarist Josh Hammer of the stomping grounds that he, along with vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Fleizach, bassist Neil Kumar, and drummer Jon LaPrade, calls home. “The kind of vibe and the energy is something that we could not experience anywhere else.”
And, to hear Hammer explain it, the band’s music is rooted more in truth than fiction.
“Maybe we’ll have practice at 8:00, but [then] we’ll go out, we’ll get some drinks, and hang out with the people we know around the neighborhood, maybe make some new friends,” he says. “It’s a 24-hour lifestyle.”
Behind all the spunk and cocksure swagger, though, are four musicians with some serious chops and a steadfast dedication to their craft—particularly when it comes to songwriting.
“The way it works now is that Mike will write the song,” explains Hammer. “He’ll bring an idea to practice, and he’ll think of it in one direction and say, ‘I was thinking we could take it like this.’ And then all of a sudden me and Neil or Jon and Neil will come up and say, ‘No, we’re going to take it this way. We’re going to cut the speed in half, syncopate the drums and the bass, and totally take it into a different direction.’”