Over the past couple of years, there has been a surge of impressive 80s and 90s-inspired guitar-rock and punk bands emerging from Western Massachusetts: Potty Mouth, California X, Speedy Ortiz, Bunny’s A Swine, to name just a few. Now, add to that list Young Adults, a trio based in Northampton and Boston, who just released an excellent new EP aptly titled Born in ’91. The entire EP is a well worth a listen; it makes sense that Young Adults sought help with recording and mixing it from one of New England’s most renowned producers, Justin Pizzoferrato, best known for working with Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth.
Below, check out the EP’s title track, nearly four minutes of expansive, shoegaze-inflicted noise-punk with melodic bass and guitar riffs, plenty of feedback, and an anthemic shout-a-long hook. “Tell me do you really feel like I do? All that matters to me doesn’t phase you,” sings Chris Villon, eventually concluding, “A separation you can’t see / Age is just a technicality.” Villon says the lyrics of the EP deal with “the tension between youth and adulthood and all that it entails,” a sentiment that certainly rings true on this one.
For those in Brooklyn, Young Adults play The Acheron tonight with Psychic Blood, Rat Power, and more.
Born in ’91 is out now on limited edition CD, available to order via the band’s Bandcamp.