For the last two years Kingston-based duo Young Romance have dedicated themselves to the twin causes of noisy avante-garde indie pop – think The Kills – and sorrowful narratives akin to Velvet Underground, but featuring Kate Bush rather than Nico. Versatility is what marks out their sound; their songs ranging over electro, indie and rock, with a nod to sounds of the 60s. Single Pale mooched between the poised baroque of Nite Jewel and raunchy Strokes like hooks while Wild showcased the band’s ability to write about what you do when finding yourself in a er, somewhat, compromising situation.
“That song is about finding yourself in a situation with someone when you know that they are already with someone else… yet you still go along with it,” says Paolo as TGA catch up with him and singer / drummer Claire in the midst of a rehearsal.
“In terms of lyric writing it is usually very personal; but not to the point that it is too detached from everyone else. Emotions are always heightened and so in a way that removes it partly from being too close to me by the time we come to record and perform it.”
While the band have played a number of gigs throughout the UK including KOKO, and headlining The Waiting Room, when it comes to live experiences, nothing compares to America. “New York was great,” enthuses Paolo. “But that could have been down to how enthusiastic New Yorkers can be. It was an amazing experience.”
Despite their considerable successes so far, which include “hearing your song on the radio when in the car with your family,” despite it being more than a “little embarrassing,” 2016 is the year the band are ready to come into their own as songwriters. Young Romance have finished their debut album, a seductive collection of slow-burning electro and indie rock and the band are ready to be assimilated into the ranks of touring musicians. Paolo however admits that the band have no intention of changing their sound to fit the mould of contemporary successful artists.
“We’re not Blossoms or Catfish, so we’re not particular current in that respect of a top ten band. We don’t really take notice of all of that, and if we change our style it will be as and when we want to. We do what we feel is right and what we enjoy instead.”
The rest of the year sees Claire and Paolo prepare for the release of their debut album “hopefully” in winter. But if you can’t wait that long, head down to our Blogtober event on October 17that The Finsbury Pub, London to hear some songs from their upcomming release.