REVIEW: BLITZ KIDS - THE GOOD YOUTH

REVIEW: BLITZ KIDS – THE GOOD YOUTH

REVIEW: BLITZ KIDS – THE GOOD YOUTH

Blitz Kids are an alt-rock band that have been on my radar since the good old days (read: about 2010. I’m not that old yet) but for some reason I just never gave them a chance. Until now. On a recent post-Christmas music binge I decided to download their 2014 full length offering The Good Youth, and boy was it a good decision.

Having firmly cemented themselves at the forefront of my workout music selection (just try running on the treadmill to ‘All I Want is Everything’ and you’ll understand) I have been thoroughly won over by their catchy as hell lyrics and rousing group vocals.

The record gets off to an explosive start with ‘All I Want is Everything’, a song that fills you with positivity while at the same time makes you want to throw yourself into the nearest heaving crowd with your friends, singing along to every single word in that euphoric state that only listening to live music can give you, it leaves you in absolutely no doubt at all that Blitz Kids are here to do some serious business.

Followed by ‘Run For Cover’ a no-nonsense track dealing with the idea that no relationship is guaranteed ‘just because we share a place/doesn’t mean we’re safe’ and the fast paced ‘On My Own’ the record seems to mature as you listen, with Joe James giving a stunning vocal performance throughout, full of intensity and raw emotion.

The stand out track for me on this album definitely has to be ‘Long Road’. At 4.37 it is the longest song on the record, and in my opinion boasts the most identifiable and goddamn screamable lyrics of the whole album. “This is me twenty-three, count the ways so easily that I’m out of time/Woah I’m taking all the chances a boy should take/I’m past the point of caring about the bones I break/This is me, twenty-three, king of my destiny. I’ll be fine”. I actually think that perhaps it was this track alone that began a love affair with the band that is definitely going to last well into 2015 and beyond.

So if you enjoy that blend of alt-rock that is part up-beat, sing along goodness and part angsty, emotional turmoil then this will definitely be one to download. And if not, download it anyway, I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Lucy-Jayne 

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