The Young – Chrome Cactus

The Young - Chrome Cactus

The Young – Chrome Cactus

I had the immense privilege to review The Young’s 2012 full-length release, Dub Egg. This Austin, TX quartet thrives on rock and roll. It’s sewn into their very fiber. Their newest release, Chrome Cactus was released August 26th 2014 via Matador Records. Adaptable yet precocious, the fuzzy vocals of singer Hans Zimmerman naysay against the relationship assumed by most grunge rock vocalists. It is ferocity that The Young’s vital signs are operating on inside its second full length. Dub Egg was a harnessed version of the current framework. It showcased the talent and creativity but there was hesitancy, maybe first full-length jitters or possibly unawareness of vision but Chrome Cactus is a bit more un-corroded, relinquished and poised.

Grunge, guitar-centric rock is an amorphous greedy hotbed in the music industry today. Many bands are returning to the foundations set by the pre-synth generation. The Young are returning to this mindset with Chrome Cactus , albeit laboriously. The track “Cry of Tin” drones with a frequency encased shell while rhythm gurus, Ryan Maloney and Lucas Wedow flesh out the skeleton of the framework. I personally give this track an enthusiastic “thumbs up”. Clever background guitar work formulated by axe man Kyle Edwards and the hairy pipes of Zimmerman smugly pursue the listener by interrupting a fixed gaze guitar rock jam. The music video also hydrates the listener with a literal interpretation of their “tinny” tune. Although a bit tedious on the whole, Chrome Cactus does have some shimmering points. The slow grunge fan will tap their foot along to many tracks on this manuscript (“Dressed in Black, “Slow Death”) as well as potentially head bang to the screeching Twin Peaks-esque fuzziness on portions (“Blow the Scum Away”, “Chrome Jamb” and “Metal Flake”).

Austin celebrates the creative palate with a myriad of musical outlets. It evens dubs itself with the title, “The live music capital of the world.” Quite a bold statement but having darkened Austin’s doors on multiple occasions and even finding myself attending SXSW a few years back, I have to admit it really is the garage rock trophy on the mantel. But this fact makes it tough for The Young to stand out in this scene. Although, they are no stranger, and are in fact even welcomed in the Austin venue library I believe they are going to fade away in the mass of bands that are attempting to achieve this same sonic quality. I have a bit of listener history with these boys but this album is a tough awakening to how truly hard it is to be unique in this genre. I have high hopes for Zimmerman’s crew but their two full-lengths are unfortunately too similar hold maybe the darker lyrical content present on Chrome Cactus. This album is elementary but honest and a bit partial to feedback. Do yourself a favor and rage to “Cry of Tin”.

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