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Younger Youth Hip (-Hop) to the Old-School

Younger Youth Hip (-Hop) to the Old-School

Most musical acts today have aspirations of greatness, which are ultimately defined by varying levels of commercial success, but the members of the L.A.-based band Younger Youth have no plans to quit their day jobs. However, come closing time, Younger Youth just wants the masses to experience their eclectic musical stylings.

Self-described as indie rock/afro beat, singer Matthew Muller, drummer Casey Ryder and bassist Paul Ron Rivera approach music as a form of recreation, free of strict touring schedules and major labels with reps who have nothing but dollar signs in their eyes.

In addition to having fun by playing music and performing live, Ryder describes the band as “a different creative release.”

This “release” is currently taking the form a Hip-Hopesque mixtape project.

“Along with polished, fully-realized albums, we want to release all the stuff we are stoked about but just wouldn’t work on the record or maybe didn’t come to fruition as a full song,” Muller said.

The band plans to go old school with the project by trying to make the mixtape something you gave somebody you care about.

“[It’s] not like nowadays where you have all of your music [on a computer], and you search for song titles and burn a CD,” Muller said.

In keeping up with the band’s overall intention of having fun while producing meaningful music, the project will have a natural flow as opposed to a pre-meditated, paint-by-numbers process.

“I don’t want to make the mixtape something that is formulaic in nature, I want it to be something that flows in an appropriate way,” Muller said.

Along with the intangible youthful expression of love and friendship the project will represent, the band members hope to physically exude that tear-inducing nostalgia via vinyl, cassette and possibly even 8-track formats.

Continuing with the old school element, Muller equates the project with the work ethic of punk bands in the ‘70s.

“The pinnacle year of punk rock, 1977, saw two albums each from The Jam, Iggy, The Ramones and The Stranglers,” Muller said. “You rarely, if ever, see feats like that anymore.”

For those wanting a taste of Younger Youth, the single, “The Only Ones” is currently available on iTunes. Muller perfectly matches the intense, yet radio-friendly guitar and drums with his Bono-esque wail, making for a simultaneously powerful and catchy tune.

David Miller