ALBUM REVIEW: SAUNA YOUTH
RELEASED, SEPTEMBER 3RD 2012
It has been long awaited for Sauna Youth to release a proper record. The London punk band will be releasing their debut LP, ‘Dreamlands’, on September 3rd via Gringo Records and Faux Disc.
Sauna Youth release what is describe as a ‘lyrical commentary on being addicted to the distractions preventing engagement with real life’. The six track record explores themes of death in society, meaningless and silent sex and routine, exploding in Ramones and Buzzcock’s style DIY fast paced punk with an irregular edge.
‘Town Called Distractions’ kicks off the action, ten minute assault around a short story describing a poetical world of supermarkets and interpretations of routine when taking the bus and reading newspapers. A slight reminder of the ‘American Psycho’; Patrick Bateman’s introduction to his morning ritual and how different and psychopath he is under the mask. Guitars layer in a wash of riffs and twangs as chords ring out over pounding beats, its a combination that works surprisingly well, a bold start.
The album draws on B-side ‘Planned Designs’ with Eagulls-ish screams confirming their dedication to their art “Works of art of nothing, Works of art from nothing, Works of art of nothing but works of art. We want somewhere to play.” Sauna Youth convey a great lo-fi feel to their music breathing that DIY ethic into their production. Whaling guitars scream as the track punches its was trough a stomping two minutes of punk.
‘Psi Girls’ gets complex levelling out the madness in to a more confined slick style and nods at the more mainstream side to their punk pop. Catchy melodies and hooky guitars with a bass rhythm that guides the listener with a sweet groove. Defiantly single material.
‘Hairstyles’, braves the topic of relationships based on vices and absence of communication, a dark tale on not understanding each other. Driving through huge apocalyptic noise with the repetition of the lyrics ‘And she says no-no-no-no–no-no-nothing; and he says no-no-no-no-no-no-nothing’.
Sauna Youth bring a vision of society and humanity that renders well with their irregular punk identity. A decent debut for the London band and one which the listener can dive in right amongst chaos and within the furious rush of noise. Where is your will to be weird…