ALL THE YOUNG – Welcome Home
Having already invaded Australia, the British are at it again. PETE WALSH investigates.
Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands, the young Britons have made their way to Australia for BigSound and to support rock aficionados King Cannons for a couple of dates in September. All The Young profess an all-too-common pop-punk sound minus the latent teenage aggression that tends to dominate the genre. The commercially palatable sound that dominates the band’s debut LP, Welcome Home, is — sadly — far too commonplace for my liking. It’s all too easy to be reminded of adolescent memories staying up late listening to the likes of The Ataris and Simple Plan.
Three songs in, I’m fairly certain this is the last time I want to hear The First Time. There’s a subtle anaesthetic quality to the band’s armchair pop-rock and I can feel my eyelids slowly drooping, but persevere I shall. Lo and behold, however, New Education has a charming British twang that peeks through the all-American sound.
As the album continues, there are moments of clarity where one can make out why All The Young were selected to open for the likes of Morrissey and Kaiser Chiefs. The meandering sounds on tracks like The Horizon and Chase showcase the LP’s better qualities. These tracks prefigure the four-piece’s potential as they seamlessly shift from their paradise pop-punk comfort zone to slower moments showcasing a deeper musicality. Overall, Welcome Home may not be the greatest debut LP, but there’s definitely room for improvement.
PETE WALSH is an ex-Rave contributor and vagrant writer as well as a bit of a literati, music aficionado and coffee snob.