First Look Friday: You Really Can’t Blame The Youth For Being So Awesome
Blame The Youth is a Charlotte, North Carolina band that pushes the limits of creativity with style, panaché and an unconventional sound worth hearing on repeat.
Rock ‘n Roll was recently overcome by rap / hip-hop as the leading genre of choice in the United States. But let’s be honest, ever since ‘98-‘99 hip-hop has been the main choice of the people because it is diverse, alluring, dangerous, lavish and sincerely cool. Despite not being a part of that industry, this week’s First Look Friday subject is made up those very things.
Allow us to introduce you Okayplayers to Blame The Youth.
This Charlotte, North Carolina quartet defies the conventional notion of what a traditional band has come to be in the music industry (see: very pale and extremely masculine). Comprised of Phobe (lead vocals / guitar), Alexa (lead guitarist), Kynadi (drummer) and Amber (bassist / backing vocals) — Blame The Youth consistently challenges conventionality and image with their own style and panaché.
After releasing their effort, The Hourglass, back in March, Blame The Youth explore the norms and taboos embodied by human society, while offering intrigue and soulful sounds thanks to their inspirations such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Animals as Leaders and Erykah Badu. To be very frank, the best way to experience Blame The Youth is by witnessing a live show or listening to their collection of sounds via Bandcamp or Soundcloud, as these creatives are embarking on a journey that will end with screaming fans, tons of merch being sold, heavy rotation on playlists and lyrics being tattooed on flesh.
With that said, enjoy this chat with Blame The Youth, as we discuss music as medicine, overcoming obstacles and first song creations. Get a feel for the band by listening to The Hourglass underneath as well. Bless!