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"The Young"

by: Eric Benson
December 25, 2008

The Young don't play too many live shows around town, making them one of the best-kept secrets in Knoxville. Like many other young bands, they seem enamored with emotive songwriting-centered acts like Coldply or Radiohead, but on their debut EP, Nylon April, they've already outgrown emulation to produce an assured collection of atmospheric piano-driven ballads and smart guitar pop. Rumored to put on an excellent live show. - Knoxville Voice


"Youth isn't wasted in Knox Brit rockers The Young"

by Jer Cole
Friday, April 25, 2008

Having honed their musical skills in local bands Attaboy and Hearsay, the members of The Young have chosen the path of least resistance and perform brit-pop inspired rock- a slim commodity in the Knoxville music circuit. Assembled for nearly three years and on the verge of releasing a debut EP, "Nylon April," the band has adopted a new member. After losing it's original bassist at the end of 2007, the group looked to a friend, and director of The Young's first video, Trevor Greene, Incorporating a new member just prior to recording at Lake Fever in Nashville challenged the group to rehabilitate quickly. "Having Trevor join has given us a new start, so we really are starting over again and (are) just now really getting to promote ourselves" says drummer/vocalist Stevie Miller. "But the biggest accomplishment to us is that we've made music that we love and can have the rest of our lives regardless of what happens to our band. We are really glad that we work together well and pick up on each other's ideas rather quickly."
The Young have Managed to produce a slew of new songs since recording "Nylon April." "We've easily written over 35 new songs since we finished the album and have had our influences grow a lot," says guitarist/pianist/vocalist Eric Griffin. "As far as our songs on the EP go, the title track 'Nylon April' was written barely a week before we went into the studio. We just all liked it so much we had to record it, too. The Last song 'Out of Control' was written in 2000 when I was 19. I recorded it the first time I ever had a recording session. We used an AT condenser mike and a laptop with Pro Tools and recorded it all in a wide-open church. When we went to Lake Fever, we decided to just master the one I recorded in 2000, and it sounded perfect." Having already promoted the release earlier in the week on WUTK's "Locals Only" program, the band hopes "Nylon April" will serve as an appropriate introduction to The Young. Meanwhile, the group plans to perfect it's live show and new material before recording a full-length album to be ready by the end of the year and hopes to follow with a tour of the East Coast at the start of 2009. "We've sort of changed it every show," describes Miller of The Young's live performances. "We never play the same exact set list, and we've always had at least two new songs, because were always writing them. We're just now really getting the hang of it, but we're still young, no pun intended, and we like to experiment." Despite the group's admission of still being in a developmental phase,The Young hold unlimited promise by successfully occupying a globally celebrated musical niche that has yet to wear out its welcome locally. "No one plays music like we do around here," says Miller. "I think that's our bit. When all is said and done, there's no one around here that plays the same style. Being in Knoxville, there are basically only funk/jam bands, hardcore bands, cover bands and the occasional folk singer. So we really feel like being in our style of music gives us an advantage because of how little of it is available locally- and it seems to catch ears from high school kids to adults." The Young's "Nylon April" was officially released Wednesday and is now available at many local music shops. The EP and the tracks will also be available for download on iTunes in the coming weeks. - Knoxville News Sentinel


"The Young's Nylon April"

by: Matthew Everett
Thursday, May 22, 2008

It shouldn't be a suprise that Eric Griffin, singer/guitarist/pianist for The Young, bears a strong resemblance to Coldplay's Chris Martin and Radiohead's Thom Yorke. (It's the haircut, mostly.) On it's brief but promising six-song debut, The Young (Griffin, bassist Trevor Greene, and drummer Stevie Miller) fits comfortably between the two titans of British stadium rock- Griffin's mid-pitch vocals recall a less obtuse Yorke, and the trio's mid-paced songs build with well-crafted elegance.

- Metro Pulse


"Old Souls"

By: Leslie Wylie
01/21/09

Gay Street’s venerable watering hole, the Bistro at the Bijou, has long been an after-hours haven for downtown working stiffs. After a long day at the office, they slouch in, loosen their ties, and douse their troubles with a pint before heading home to sleep and start all over again.

Hunkered down at the bar on this iceberg of a January evening, Stevie Miller, Trevor Greene, and Eric Griffin wear the same world-weary expressions as any other regular. The only difference is, at ages 21, 22, and 27, respectively, they’re decades younger than most Bistro barflies. And, presumably unlike the businessfolk surrounding them, they’re in a rock band.

The Young, as they call themselves, are simultaneously aptly and ironically named. The songs on the band’s latest EP, Nylon April, released in summer 2007, fast-forward beyond typical twentysomething subject matter—shallow-end musings on love, lust, and loss—and park instead in life’s deeper, darker corners. Much of the album, explains songwriter Griffin, is a meditation on the loss of his brother, Zach.

“I think that people, if they stumble onto it in a bar and hear it, they’re going to be like, ‘What is this?’” says Griffin, who sings and plays guitar and piano on the album. “People have to be into it. They have to want to listen.”

“That’s the hard part,” drummer and backup vocalist Miller says, recalling a recent show at another downtown bar. “We were playing, you know, three hours of all original songs, and a woman walked up and requested Sublime.”

He laughs. While it may not help their popularity with the locals, the band refuses to play covers. “It was the most depressing night ever for The Young,” Miller says.

The band’s own sound is certainly worth a listen. Melody-driven, guitar-fueled, and flanked with tidal waves of piano, Nylon April recalls the atmospheric pop ballads of Coldplay or The Bends-era Radiohead. Griffin’s voice is an exercise in slow-burn catharsis as it sifts through the heavier components of the human condition, lingering at just the right moments. Meanwhile, Greene’s bass and Miller’s percussion calcify into a sturdy backbone from which Griffin’s lyrics can hang.

“Relationships, death—we just try to write well-structured songs about things people go through, things people can relate to,” Griffin explains. “That’s what we strive for.”

The band is quick to emphasize, however, that its music isn’t all gloom and doom. The clouds parted to make way for The Young’s more recent material, soon to be released on a full-length album. “Over the past year we’ve really progressed and our styles have changed,” Miller says. “The newer songs are more upbeat.”

Maybe that’s the band’s age showing, as they push forward through life’s shadowy chapters and are surprised when they emerge, hopefully a little wiser, on the other side. In most respects, though, The Young are already wise beyond their years. Unlike plenty of up-and-coming bands, their pursuit seems motivated by a genuine love of music as opposed to prima donna ambitions. When they load up their conversion van and go on tour, they don’t expect to come home rich; they just hope they make enough gas money to get home.

“We’ll play for free alcohol, dinner, whatever,” Miller says. “We just want to play a good show. If we get paid, great.”

The Young are modest about their precociousness. “We’re still very young, still learning,” Griffin says. “We’re pretty hard on ourselves. We mess up, hit a wrong chord, and we beat ourselves up over it.”

Griffin describes himself as “a quiet guy” who’s had to work on his confidence onstage. “It’s like, ‘Does this work? Does it look like I know what I’m doing up here?’” he says, then shrugs. “You just have to go out there and do it.”

http://metropulse.com/news/2009/jan/21/young-opt-grown--music/

- Metro Pulse


"The Young supplies honest music to genuine crowds"

Knoxville band deals with hardship while trying to play the songs it loves

By Kristina Outland
Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2009


The Young is truly a band that is fueled by love and lives for expressing strong emotion through music. Steven Miller, Eric Griffin and Trevor Greene have called themselves a band for three years now, but have practically grown up together and have been involved in each other's lives for a decade or more.
This All-American, Brit-Rock inspired band named after its mutual love for Neil Young is definitely one of the most promising bands to come from the mountainous Knoxville.
The Young's first EP, "Nylon April," was released in 2008, however, the band's first full-length album, dedicated and created after lead singer Eric's brother passed away, is something beautiful to watch for, called, "After the Crash."
"It's about the things people think but never say," Miller says. "A story of love, death and the death of people we love."
The members mention the hardships of being a band and aren't afraid to tell what it's like being on the road.
Yet, the guys continue to work hard at winning the hearts of fans. Drummer Steve Miller recalls a story from a show the band played a while back in the small city of Morristown and the band's initial doubt of how audiences would react.
"It was a packed bar in a small town," Miller says. "We were scared because it was an older group of people; we had to play two sets, and was the only band performing that night.
"It was cool because we gave them autographed CDs and it was the most genuine audience I can recall."
Being genuine and honest is an on-going theme for this talented group. Using John Darnielle as the perfect example for how its musical career should go, the band mentions that all it wants is to be able to play music and support the band members' family and each other.
The next two years will determine whether or not this endearing band will stay.
"The hardest part is the money," Miller says. "We aren't looking for fame, but would be thankful if we could find a record label to back us financially."
If the band continues to work and move as a single unstoppable unit, a label will be in its immediate future. The Young have grown and its listeners now stretch to places as far as Puerto Rico.
Apparently, the band's music found its way over there some time after the distribution of the first EP.
The Young's sound is catchy and appreciated by a vast group of people: its influences being the aforementioned Neil Young along with Blur, vocals resembling Radiohead and Travis.
Even though The Young consider its work to be mostly a group effort, lead guitarist and vocalist Eric Griffin admits his passion for music enables him to do most of the creative grunt-work.
"Well, I mostly just write a lot of music and look for drink specials," Griffin says. "I'm not afraid for vulnerable situations to influence our music."
This band offers, without a doubt, powerful performances. Mixing Eric's emotional vocals, Trevor Greene's steady pulse on the bass and Steve Miller's complex drum beats, an audience can't help being totally enamored after the show is over.

http://www.mtsusidelines.com/2.3112/the-young-supplies-honest-music-to-genuine-crowds-1.307578
- MTSU Sidelines


Discography

Nylon April EP (2008)
Everything's Gonna Be Alright-Single (2008)
After The Crash (2009)

A handful of our songs are being played and requested on radio stations all across TN as well as Puerto Rico.

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The Young is a Knoxville, TN based three piece band including members Eric Griffin, 27, (leadvvocals/guitar/piano), Steve Miller,22,(drums/backing vocals) and Trevor Greene, 23, (bass). They recorded their first EP, Nylon April, in the summer of 2007 and began playing around Knoxville in the fall of the same year. The Ep is now being aired on local radio rotations and is catching the ears of new fans everyday. Major influences include Radiohead, Oasis, and Neil Young. Their sound can be compared to such bands as The Fray, Coldplay, and Travis. In Spring of 2009, the band recorded their first full-length album which is going to be released fall of this year entitled "After The Crash". It was recorded at Lake Fever Studios in Nashville, TN over a period of 3 weeks. You can check out The Young's EP and songs for their upcoming release as well as future shows on their myspace page at www.myspace.com/youngband.

We are currently booking a full east coast tour for the beginning of 2010. Please contact us if you want us to play in your city!