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The Youth Class

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"The Youth Class “This is What I Remember” (Dust)"

So I randomly get this album in my mailbox and to my surprise, it isn’t half-bad. At all. It’s pretty good actually. At times, they play very aggressive indie-rock similar to Quicksand yet also manage to draw heavy from more mellow bands such as Weezer. The first 2 tracks fit perfectly with one another, flowing into one another with hard hitting vocals that are gruff as hell but the instruments play with an ease that compliments the vocals. The album continues to switch styles and jumps from both vocals and guitar work to a more ballad-type indie rock, especially with the song “Kelly Warner,” The album slows down a little bit after that, yet for a debut album from a group of kids my age from Peoria, this shows tons of promise. Good job kids for keeping me entertained with this album.
- -Devin, - Chicago, IL


The first full-length release from this Peoria, IL-based quartet is an earnest attempt at defining a true rock/emo crossover. Though most of the songs on this disc deal with schoolyard fistfights, second-grade crushes, and lost innocence, there is just enough dark and melancholy material here to keep The Youth Class from becoming another emo cliché. On the best tunes, the band breaks into some unconventional dissonance and separates its sound from the thousands of emo bands whose discs now lay in the independent record store bargain bins. The band is young but demonstrates some sophisticated sensibilities on their darker tunes and with some great cover art. This disc may not get the band signed to a major label, but it sure will get them noticed.
- -Dug, SKRATCHMagazine

"the youth class | this is what i remember | cd | dust | in short: suprisingly good"

for a band that's only been together a bit over a year with a median age of 22 i'm really impressed with this album. the youth class play well-done indie rock that ranges from dark, gruffly yelled and hard hitting like "something foreign" to thoughtful crush-laden acoustic and keys ballads as on "kelly warner". "blood lines" brought about thoughts a more emo version of pavement or a less pop version of weezer and then they do a complete turn around with "- - -" and bring forth a noisey static filled, drum driven instrumental drone track. a favorite of mine is "tin pill", a fast paced, quirky track that starts out with the lyrics "i hate this fucking summer" (tell me about it!) and goes into a cute indie-emo composition that wouldn't have been too out of place on the early emo diaries compilations (remember when those were good?) and then step it up a slight notch with some background keys. the production is nicely done with everything fitting together well and nothing overpowering anything else. well done - i could definately see this band moving up and forward. - – Orlando, FL

"The Youth Class • This is What I Remember • Dust Recordings"

Starting off with "The Ballad of Willie Skinker Pt.1 and 2," the impression is given that The Youth Class is a big fan of The Who. With Tommy style lyrics like the three lines of the second track (Pt.2) The Youth Class provides an almost cinematic air as if you're expecting to hear some sort of rock opera. However, the mood changes with the third track "Something Foreign" in which its beginning sounds like it could have come off one of the first three emo diary records from Deep Elm. And with this type of musical diversion brings in the next apparent display of sound of which is very reminiscent to that of Fugazi and Cursive. Indie rock all the way, wooh-hoo!!!
- -IMPACTPress – Orlando, FL

"The Youth Class | This Is What I Remember | Dust Recordings | 2004"

Abrasive four piece from Peoria, IL. At its harshest, This Is What I Remember recalls early Cursive & Fugazi. A little rough around the edges, but "No More Scary Dreams" is great. -, Sterling VA


This is What I Remember (DUST) - 2004


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A Brief History of The Youth Class -

The Youth Class was formed during the summer of 2003 as a four-piece aggressively dynamic rock group based out of Peoria, IL. Drawing from indie rock influences ranging from Modest Mouse and Desaparecidos and a young fascination with Weezer and Nirvana, the band began writing music similar to nothing they had done in the past. After a four-song demo and weekly romps around Central Illinois and the Midwest, the band embarked on its first week-long East Coast tour in February of 2004, covering Missouri, Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New York, and Indiana.

Last summer, the band completed their second tour, thoroughly rocking crowds around the Midwest. Building on established fan bases in several cities including St. Louis, Cedar Rapids, and Milwaukee, The Youth Class is dedicated to reaching out beyond their hometown roots. Fresh off of tour, they released their first full-length album on Dust Recordings. This is What I Remember exhibits a concise illustration of reflective and restrained noise rock that demonstrates an ambitious style.

Directly following their second tour, Jon Lady decided to part ways to pursue a college career. The band thanked him for his efforts and wished him the best of luck.

Currently, the band is furiously writing a new collection of songs, polishing their unique sound. With Chris Voss and Matt Jacobs, formerly of Ed’s Head and Aaron Sharpsteen on drums, The Youth Class is diligently preparing for another tour this winter.