Young Romance were the awesome headliner of our Christmas extravaganza at the Lexington on 13 Dec 2018. Their set was a real treat – looking forward to hearing more from these two. We got to know them a bit better with a 10 question interview …

  1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

Tina Turner (The Ike and Tina years)

2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?

Martin Hannett – He was pretty mad. I think he could have helped us make a very interesting next record.

3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?

It’s hard to remember what inspired it, but it sadly wasn’t very good. It was recorded whilst lying on the couch watching BBC News 24, it wasn’t political.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 

a) Leeds Academy supporting The Wedding Present
b) Veronica Falls and Bleached at The Dome in Tufnell Park

5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.

Neil Young Live at Massey Hall, 1971. Accompanying himself on either acoustic guitar or Piano I love the intimacy of these recordings. As well as stripped back and alternative versions of songs, his on-stage banter is pretty entertaining too.

6. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Paradise – Slow Club
Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon
Oh Inverted World – The Shins

7. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now?

We can fit all of our equipment and both of us in a Vauxhall Corsa.

8. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

In no particular order…

  • The King Khan & BBQ Show – I love the Lo-fi 50’s vibes. Great tunes too.
  • Bill Ryder Jones – As well as being the guitarist in The Coral for the first couple of records (the best ones in my opinion) he has crafted some gorgeous songs since. Two to Birkenhead is a personal favourite.
  • Sink Ya Teeth – Sounds like Giorgio Moroder producing The Slits.
  • Holy Now – I’m really into this group at the mo. There’s a lot of space to their recordings, a lot of simplicity and it gives room for the vocals to be really upfront.
  • Gurr – They’ve written a Christmas song with Eddie Argos and it’s really good!
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