Track of the Day – THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH – A Sorrowful Race



I last picked an Underground Youth song for track of the day back in 2018 when I went for the brilliant ‘Alice‘ from their superbly titled album What Kind of Dystopian Hellhole Is This? And I said at the time they reminded me of a whole host of other great bands – The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy. I mean, yeah, I know, how is that possible? Well, obviously they don’t sound quite like any one of them but there is an atmosphere in their music and shades of lots of other influences which have gone to forge their underground, industrial indie sound.

This one is a little more stripped back I suppose. It makes me want to throw Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Tindersticks into that mix. But that would be ludicrous surely. One band can’t sound like all those things. But they do, and yet they don’t. In other words – what I guess I’m really trying to say is – they’re great, and they’re so great they make me think of a whole load of other people who are also great and put out music in the same sort of sonic range. Other bands and artists they share an ethos and an aesthetic with.

‘A Sorrowful Race’ is from the upcoming album The Falling which is due out in March 2021. Which is this year now. Oh yeah. Yay. Goodbye 2020 and Happy New Year. Keep an eye out for this album, it’s going to be something you won’t want to miss.


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