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"Top 11 des concert de 2012 à Montréal - January 4, 2013"

Young Lungs - L’escogriffe Bar. Découvert sur la compilation You Belong de CJLO et vu dans le cadre du M POUR Montréal à l’escogriffe. J’étais venu pour revoir les Kestrels, je suis reparti amoureux d’un autre groupe. Young Lungs est un jeune trio, un brin Buzzcocks, un brin Unicorns. Il faut les surveiller de très près, c’est le plus gros espoir de la scène de Montréal en ce moment. Leur show à l’escogriffe était une démonstration de maitrise post punk et ils l’ont reconfirmée quelques semaines plus tard en première partie de Metz. - Camuz.ca


"Metz au Il Motore, Encore Plus Fort - November 24, 2012"

a dernière fois que Metz est passé à Montréal, c’était pas mal. « Un type s’était ouvert la tête dès la première chanson contre un des amplis et avait continué à se démener pendant le concert entier malgré le sang qui lui coulait sur la tête, les gens se sont écartés jusqu’à former un espace autour de lui» ont raconté les gars de metz à Pitchfork. Raison de plus pour revenir les voir Jeudi dernier, moins de deux mois plus tard pour un show en tête d’affiche au Il Motore. Dernier de cette tournée nord américaine.

Le show a démarré avec nos futures gloires locales : Young lungs. Le power trio a essentiellement reproduit le même set carré qu’il a délivré la semaine dernière à l’escogriffe pour M pour Montréal. Leur musique est un superbe assemblage de post punk et de rock garage. L’attitude sur scène, tout en tension exacerbé fait mouche. Le groupe ne semblait pas se soucier du peu de réaction du public, un peu froid pour le début de soirée. Blood on the streets, leur single en clôture clôt un set excellent.

Next, les gars d’Absolutely Free, les quatre musiciens commencent par un mélange qui rappelle fortement le premier album D’Holy Fuck. Le chant, affecté, peine à convaincre. Le public tente quelques pas de danses mais se ravisent vite. .En fait, le show semble être une grosse inside joke auquel on aimerait bien participer. Mais personne n’en a les clés. Le quatuor repart après des applaudissements polis. Le show, mélange de pop, jazz et post-punk, ne laisse un souvenir que passager.

Dès la fin de ce show, la foule s’amasse en masse vers la scène. L’attente est de courte durée et Metz monte rapidement sous les applaudissements. Un accueil chaleureux auquel le groupe répond par une brutalité dingue. Dès le premier larsen, le trio de Toronto fait directement comprendre qu’ils sont à la hauteur de la hype qui les entoure. Ils jouent Vite, ils jouent Forts et ils jouent Bien. Leur show rend très nettement les distorsions et la tension qui parcourent leur premier album. Mais le son en démultiplie l’effet, comme sur « Wet Blanket » où le public se bouscule et s’écharpe.

Wet blanket, Negative Space, Get Off… La nouvelle signature de Sub Pop ne laisse aucun répit au public montréalais, raccourcissant au maximum les pauses (et les poses) entre les chansons. Peu avant la fin du show, Metz entonne Headhache, ce sera le point d’orgue de la soirée.

Un des derniers déferlements de violence de la soirée. Le groupe finira le show sur un larsen qui voit le bassiste Chris Slorach maltraiter sa basse.. La pièce est plongée dans la pénombre Le son ne s’éteint qu’après quelques minutes

Le public sort d’Il Motore lessivé et tout le monde se met à parler. Metz semble être le pinacle de cette année 2012 qui aura vu le rock se débarrassé des synthés pour privilégier les guitares. Une année qui aura compté The Men, Cloud Nothings, Japandroids. Une année avec moins de laptops sur scène. Pourvu que ça dure. - Camuz.ca


"Building Buzz and Taking Over the World - April 29, 2013"

Montreal is practically bursting at the seams with new, up-and-coming bands getting their kicks at local venues. Young Lungs, one of the most promising of them all, is a post-punk trio that’s been quickly gathering a loyal following since they began playing in late 2011. Their 7’’ is available for free download on their bandcamp site, featuring, “Blood on the Streets” and “Attack of the Montana Red,” both surf-punk inspired and full of dizzying energy. They’ve played high profile festivals like M for Montreal, Pouzza Fest and POP Montreal, and recently had their still unreleased record mastered by Jon Drew, who has worked with the likes of Fucked Up, the Arkells and Montreal’s own Stars.

Guy Carroll and Gervais Robinson, who come across as funny, laid back and unassuming, form two thirds of the act. At 25 and 26, respectively, music is not the only thing on their minds. Guy has an economics degree from McGill and does landscaping, and Gervais works at a pizza place and just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. However, they both hope to work towards Young Lungs paying their bills in the future.

So tell me about how you got started?

Guy: We’ve pretty much been playing music together with different iterations of bands for about ten years now. We met in high school actually and I think we all wanted to play music and we found each other. We got pretty lucky, the chemistry was just there.

Gervais:I mean it was lucky that we met at a young age so we were able to develop a chemistry over the years. We played in different variations of the project the last couple years and now we finalized it as Young Lungs.

How was it, making your 7’’?

Gervais: Well the two songs on the record we recorded at the CJLO studio at Loyola Campus, the tracks were mastered by Jon Drew, who did work with Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club. (laughs) Um, the vinyl is red! Translucent red, it’s a very nice red though.

Guy: It was just that these two songs spoke more in the new direction that came to be Young Lungs, they just came together. Shades of what to come, I guess, it’s a sound we like, it’s a sound we play best with. I think as you’re writing a song when you’re getting something right you just feel the whole room light up. We kind of got that feeling with these songs.

What’s the secret to the buzz you’ve created so quickly?

Guy: Thousands and thousands and thousands of hours of practise, and playing the shows. Because we know if we play a live show we’re going to win people over. We just try to give it 110 per cent, no frills. All of our songs have to be our best, and I guess people respond to our best. If you release anything other than that then what’s the point? We’re very careful when we approach things, before we took it a little more casually but when we did the rebranding [as Young Lungs] it more like, “okay let’s try to fucking do this.” Get ‘er done… And win! (laughs)

Gervais: I think a lot of Montreal bands get jam spaces, so it’s bands with other bands all the time. We actually still practise in the basement in one of our member’s parent’s homes, so we’re pretty isolated. We don’t get any influence from, I guess, that jam space mentality where you’re like, “oh that guy’s doing something kind of cool, we’ll do it too.” We’ve just been isolated in our basement, that adds to the creation of our unique sound.

I know you recorded your record at CJLO . What’s your relationship with them?

Gervais: Wow, that goes back… Like way back. 2005 or 2006 maybe, I remember it was around the time when the Arctic Monkeys released their first album.

Guy: For a favour for a friend we did this battle of the bands to raise money for something. And Omar, one of the station managers at CJLO was one of the judges there and he just went crazy and really liked us. So we just started shooting the shit and we got along really well and kept in touch. He recorded our record and I guess he’s our manager now, so it’s a good relationship.

What was it like working with Jon Drew?

Gervais: Well to be honest we didn’t work directly with him…

Guy: Justin, our singer, tried to meet up with him. We recorded it in Montreal and sent it to Jon to get everything mastered, and Justin went to Toronto, I don’t know why. And he called Jon and was like, “Hey Jon, when can I pick up the masters?” And he said to come around three or four, so he thought it was the next day, in the afternoon. But Jon was like, “No, no tonight, I work late.” Apparently it was some place behind this tavern; it was a bad part of Toronto, like this fuckin’ ghetto part of town so he shows up at three or four o’clock in the morning, rings, calls and nothing. So he’s just stranded in this shitty part of Toronto trying to get masters… So that was funny for him personally. But in the end we got the masters back and he did a great job, sounds great.

What’s in the future for Young Lungs?

Guy: The goal is always to make the band self-sustainable. I mean, if you can make a living off this, great, if not, we have a blast doing this. It’s a big part of our lives and has been for a while now. The goal is just to play, all the time. Oh, and our record is ready, pretty much, we’re just waiting for a time to release it. Hopefully we get that done by the end of summer.

Gervais: Our other band member is a doctor actually, he’s just doing his residency right now.

Guy: So 2014 we’ll take over the world. Don’t worry about it.

Gervais: Yeah. Take over the world in 2014, that’s the plan.


You can see Young Lungs on Tuesday, April 30 at Club Lambi, where they open for Titus Andronicus. Doors are at 8PM, tickets are $13 in advance. - Silo Montreal


"Show Review: I Lost my Hearing in the Best Way Possible - December 3, 2012"

DISCLAIMER: The terrible, pixelated rectangles I’m calling pictures may not be professional (far from, I know), but they totally depict the events that happened on stage at the Il Motore accurately- As far as really animated bodies playing instruments in a darkly lit room go. So, no dissin’, ’cause I’m owning up!

With that being said, of all the times that I’ve been to the Il Motore, never have I seen it form any sort of mosh pit, ever… But this show somehow made everyone lose their cool. When I say everyone, I mean, the only part of the crowd that wasn’t moving and pushing each other around by the last set, was the part that had backed up into the not-so-full bar area.



Young Lungs have been really consistent with spreading the word about their music; with the simple concept of playing as many shows and festivals they possibly can- like Pop Montreal, M for Montreal, and everything in between, in and out of town. Due to forgetting my earplugs at home (yet again), and standing right next to a speaker (great move, Sarve), my hearing canals were toast after a few minutes- but hey, it didn’t matter because Young Lungs’ set was seriously worth the cumulative ear-ringing syndrome I walked out with by the end of the night.

They really brought their energy, movement, and radical brand of garage, post-punk to the table- or, should I say stage. The crowd was definitely interested in what the three-piece had to offer. However, they could have definitely tried to be a tad more lively- but what I call the “stiffness disease” is something to be expected when a crowd is being exposed to a budding band’s set.

I’d just seen the Young Lungs play for a much less “zombified” audience at L’Esco, for M for Montreal; so I’m not worried about people getting over themselves at some point, and jumping around like they’re supposed to. Soon boys, soon you will take over this whole town! The band ended their set with ”Blood On The Streets“, which you can hear on their Bandcamp page.



Absolutely Free took the stage next and picked up the level of the crowd’s mesmerization a notch higher. At this point, I really thought people’s feet had started growing roots. Everyone (including me) was still, and staring at the second band as they worked their ambient and hypnotic introductory prelude, to an action-packed set. By action-packed, I mean the guys kept moving around and switching instruments with each other. I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell you who does what in the band, because they were so multi-skilled. “You guys are so quiet!” said the drummer/vocalist/guitarist.

Later, I discovered that Absolutely Free is what became of abstract-experimental band dd/mm/yyyy. Which, self-explained their unique approach towards their performance, and why they weren’t used to having such a quiet crowd. Seriously, everything made so much sense after I found that out- including my life. Also, not to sound presumptuous, but it makes me so happy that at least 4 out of the 5 members haven’t ended up in a ditch somewhere not making any music anymore; that would have been a terrible loss. Go order their new album on Bandcamp!



Finally METZ took the stage and proceeded to abruptly jump-start everyone into a moshing frenzy. Just by sound-checking, the three-piece made me realize that not only I, per sé, but my soul was in for a ridiculously loud, rude-awakening. Other observations I made from them setting up: The bassist has a massive fudging bass. That’s not code for anything- he just legitimately has a very imposing bass.

Anyway, the band asked for the lights to be completely shut off, which got me feeling a little weird, but before I could try to figure out what was going on, the band EXPLODED. As they “exploded”, the lights that they had sneakily set up on the floor of the stage lit up and made for a really awesome loft-party kind of vibe. In that same moment, 90% of the venue’s population did a full-out 180 switch from their dormant states and did not settle down until after the set. I’m talking mosh pit/crowd-surf extravaganza.

The band played their whole discography – yeah, I know they only have an album and a few singles, but they played it all – with some minor glitches in between; like accidentally pulling the plug on their lights- YET still managing to finish their song in complete and utter darkness. They dedicated their song “Dirty Shirt” to Absolutely Free, and by the end of their set, guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins’ body was sprawled on the floor of the stage.

METZ, Absolutely Free, and Young Lungs seriously put all their energy into this show. I myself had walked into the venue, quite doe-eyed and innocent to the potential the bands and crowd carried; and walked out of the sweaty, fogged up venue feeling like I’d been chased by cheetahs all night. So righteous. I highly recommend everyone to catch any of these bands when they’re in town! - The Main Montreal


"Pre-Canada Day Garage Rock Show - Live review at St. Ambroise Centre, June 30, 2012"

This was my second time hearing Young Lungs rock out and I was not disappointed in the least. Young Lungs were by far my favourite part of the night, making me wanna pick up my brand new electric guitar and jam till dawn. For a three piece, their sound is full and contagious. Gervais Robinson (drums, vox), Guillaume Carroll (bass, vox), and Justin Ross (guitar, vox) delivered a high energy, no-holds-barred set. Their three voices, performance style, and ‘power through’ percussions give them that sumthin’ sumthin’. - Forget the Box


"La Punkerie - Samedi Pouzza : Critique du 17 mars 2012 (Live review at L'escogriffe Mar 17, 2012)"

17 mars au soir, j’arrive juste à temps pour me prendre un verre et m’installer près du stage à droite comme à mon habitude. 30 secondes après, le groupe Young Lungs commençait déjà avec une bonne énergie pour le plaisir des gens qui étaient venu dans un bon nombre.

Avec des riffs variés et un rythme en constante évolution, les gars de Young Lungs savent renouveler leur son, chansons après chansons, et ce, tout en gardant leur style bien à eux. C’est avec des tounes, comme « Blood on the Streets » (qui a d’ailleurs complétée leur setlist), que la formation passe d’un son plus Indie, profond et ressenti, à des sonorités plus punk et agressive voir explosive qui ajoute toujours de plus en plus d’intensité dans les morceaux.


C’est ce qui démontre le large éventail de genre musical qui les influence. De nos jours, certains croient que le punk perd de son intérêt étant donné les groupes qui se ressemble les uns les autres. Et bien je ne sais pas si Young Lungs est une exception à la règle ou confirme le contraire, mais laisser moi vous dire que ce trio apportera sans aucun doute un nouveau souffle à la scène montréalaise.


Quelque temps après la prestation de Young Lungs, devant un public un peu plus petit mais tout aussi motivé, que Sack Attack, avec une sonorité punk plus classique, a donné une performance plus qu’agréable. Constamment en mouvement sur scène les gars de Sack Attack on bien rempli le stage. On ressentait bien leur motivation à être présent pour la soirée avec la puissance qu’ils ont mit en jouant leurs compositions.


Ils ont même su animer le monde en faisant quelques blagues entre les chansons et en ayant une bonne interaction avec les gens qui leur parlaient dans la petite foule. Je dois lever mon chapeau pour la pensée qu’a eu le guitariste et chanteur Guilhem pour la St-Patrick en mettant du colorant vert dans tous les boison du groupe.


La soirée s’est terminée plus en douceur avec le groupe The City Streets. Avec un son plus doux, avec un côté plutôt Indie et Rock, on y repère facilement des influences de bands tel que Gaslight Anthem, Menzingers, Living With Lions, etc. même qu’à certains moments, leurs compositions avait un rythme ressemblant au duo Montréalais Solids.


Il reste que leurs compositions sont très agréable à écouter. Le trio a malheureusement joué devant une Esco presque vide et plutôt fatigué. Le seul point négatif que je pourrais apporter à ce dernier band est le choix de leur setlist qui, parfois, n’avait pas sa place pour le type de spectacle. Il y avait entre autre quelques chansons un peu du type balade ou bien country qui n’ont pas aidé à motiver les quelques gens encore présent dans la place.


D’un bref rapide, je pourrais vous dire que tous les bands de la soirée, aussi différents qu’ils ont pu l’être, ont tous été agréable à mes oreilles. Cependant, comme le publique était de plus en plus petit et que The city Streets étaient beaucoup plus calme sur scène, je crois que de changer le premier et le dernier band de la soirée aurait grandement aidé à une ambiance plus constante et animé à L’Esco.


Sur ce, je vous conseille fortement d’aller écouter Young Lungs et Sack Attack sur leur bandcamps respectifs. Où vous pourrez également télécharger leurs chansons gratuitement. Vous pouvez aussi aller écouter les bonnes chansons planantes à City Streets sur leur Myspace.
C’est un rendez-vous samedi prochain, 24 mars pour un Samedi Pouzza très attendu avec Broadcats et Mute.

- La Punkerie


"AltSounds - YOUNG LUNGS Release “Attack of the Montana Red” Today On RCRD LBL - May 10, 2012"

Montreal’s Young Lungs premiered the second track off their debut 7" Blood on the Streets today on RCRD LBL. The track can be found here:

"Attack of the Montana Red" was produced by Omar Hussain (of Montreal noise-rockers AIM Low) and mastered by Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells). Blood on the Streets is slated for release on May 15th and available for pre-order via the band’s bandcamp page here.

The video for "Blood on the Streets" premiered last week on AltPress, watch below:

- AltSounds


"The Tune - Young Lungs’ raucous post-punk: “Attack of the Montana Red” - May 11, 2012"

Montreal’s Young Lungs (one of a few bands with that name, as I found out to my dismay… might wanna consider changing it, guys) will release a new 7? called Blood on the Streets on May 15, and the B-side to the release is the raucous post-punk offering, “Attack of the Montana Red.” It’s a firestorm of a song that somehow manages to be an earworm, not unlike Hot Water Music. Stream and download for free thanks to RCRD LBL below.

- The Tune


"Midnight Poutine - Midnight Poutine Podcast - Apr 25-30, 2012"

"Attack of the Montana Red" featured in Midnight Poutine Weekend Playlist Podcast - Midnight Poutine


"Midnight Poutine - Midnight Poutine Podcast - Jan 18-23, 2012"

"Blood on the Streets" featured in the Midnight Poutine Weekend Playlist Podcast. - Midnight Poutine


"La Punkerie - Young Lungs : Un premier vidéoclip - May 11, 2012"

Comme vous avez été nombreux et nombreuses à aimer le groupe montréalais dans mon spécial Pouzza Fest, je me suis dit que vous aimeriez surement voir le premier vidéoclip de la formation, présenté en grande primeur mondiale sur AltPress.com. C'est la chanson «Blood On The Streets», qui a été mise en visuel.


Cette pièce se retrouve sur le vinyle sept pouces du même nom qui sortira le mois prochain. Cependant, vous pouvez l'entendre depuis un certain temps sur leur compte Bandcamp et même en faire la précommande si vous le voulez.


Ce premier clip «Blood On The Streets» a été réalisé et dirigé par Louis Lazaris, la cinématographie et la correction des couleurs ont été fait par Brian Wilkat et on retrouve Megan Whitcher comme assistante à la caméra. On a de quoi être fier de ces montréalais qui gagnent à être découverts mondialement avec leur musique post-punk et leur power-pop très reluisant!

- La Punkerie


"A Good Day for Airplay - Introducing: Young Lungs - Nov 16, 2011"

This is a bit last minute but a new local band by the name of Young Lungs are
making their live debut tomorrow night @ Cagibi.


Thursday, November 17
Le Cagibi ( 5490 St Laurent / corner St. Viateur )
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=260421980670139


I give you the bio:

After years of kicking around basements and garages, honing their chops in other
local garage punk bands, this trio of dapper young gents from Montreal have cooked
up a collection of garage-y pop tunes cut into delectable pieces with a post-punk
buzzsaw.

Their forthcoming 7? (Blood On The Streets) and LP has been produced locally by
CJLO’s Omar Husain and mastered by Jon Drew (Fucked Up / Austra / Tokyo Police Club).


First impression I got listening to these 2 songs … Ted Leo & The Pharmacists.


Give it a listen see if you hear it too:

- A Good Day for Airplay


"T.O. Snob Music - Young Lungs: "Blood On the Streets" Download - May 3, 2012"

Montreal's Young Lungs deliver a delicious nugget of DIY post-punk when they drop their debut EP, Blood On The Streets, on May 15th.

- T.O. Snob's Music


"The Link - Link Live Session #6 - Young Lungs - Apr 23, 2012"

Punk-inspired indie trio Young Lungs played an acoustic version of their song “Blood on the Streets” for us at the Mile End diner Nouveau Palais.

Their adrenaline-pumped 7” captures their full electric sound, recorded at the CJLO studios and mastered by Jon Drew, who has worked with the likes of Fucked Up and Tokyo Police Club.

Catch them at Divan Orange April 25 with Kids & Explosions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwzEvNl39nM&feature=player_embedded

- The Link - Concordia University


"The Sound of Confusion - Five For Free #79 (Attack of the Montana Red featured download/review) - May 16, 2012"

Young Lungs are based in Montreal and have a new 7" single, 'Blood On The Streets', out this week. B-side 'Attack Of The Montana Red' should have been the lead track; combine punk energy and rock dynamics with a touch of surf and a giddy tempo and you have a winning formula. Warning: this trio shouldn't be confused with the numerous other bands with the same name who aren't as good...
- The Sound of Confusion


"Bloody Underrated - Music YOU sent US, Vol. 6 (Young Lungs 7" review) - Apr 27, 2012 (7" review)"

I met Justin Ross of Young Lungs at the Irish Embassy on Bishop a few months ago. His band had just released a 2-track record online for free download, and I dug ‘em…but I failed in my duties as a music blogger! At last, however, the 2-track record is being sent to printing, and will be released in physical form in May, so it’s time to start talking about them again! Young Lungs have a strong, mildly fuzzy post-punky sound that makes me want to simultaneously dance around and smash things joyfully. That’s a good thing, right? The energy level of these two tracks are off the charts, there’s a mixture of joy and despair in the lyrics, both in their content and their delivery. Here, have a listen, then hop over to bandcamp and get these tracks for free.

- Bloody Underrated


"RCRD LBL- Featured DOWNLOAD Young Lungs - Attack Of The Montana Red - May 10, 2012"

ontreal rockers Young Lungs will self-release a new 7-inch, Blood On The Streets, on May 15. The effort, produced by Omar Hussain, offers a two-song glimpse at the group’s raucous post-punk sound. “Attack of the Montana Red,” the single’s B-side, is an explosive number, recalling groups like Gang Of Four. The track pulls together heavy rock and angular dance-rock, making you want to head bang and hit the club at the same time.

- RCRD LBL


"La Punkerie - Young Lungs : Critique de « Blood on the Streets » (7" review) - May 19, 2012"

Je viens tout juste de finir d’écouter le tout premier sept pouces de Young Lungs et, honnêtement, je suis ravi. Bon, bon, d’accord, je n’ai encore que la version numérique, mais quand même !


En effet, si vous achetez leur tout nouveau et tout beau EP édition limité nommé «Blood on the Streets», vous aurez automatiquement accès à un téléchargement gratuit en format de votre choix mais, pour tout dire, vous n’êtes pas obligés de l’acheter.


Si vous allez ici : vous pourrez le télécharger pour une cotisation volontaire de votre choix et si vous appréciez tout ce qui tourne autour du post-punk-indie-shoegaze-rock-whatever-quoi (sérieusement on s’en fiche, c’est un excellent EP), je vous invite fortement à le faire.


Cette jeune formation de Montréal s'impose déjà par sa maturité sonore et je suis obligé d’avouer que ce trio a capté mon attention aussitôt les premiers accords de guitare entrepris. Il faut dire aussi que je suis un amateur de ce style musical. Young Lungs partait donc avec une bonne longueur d’avance mais rien ne sert ici d’en mettre plus qu’il ne le faut, car c’est vraiment très bien exécuté. L’ambiance enveloppante et la voie de Dr. Ross, cadrant parfaitement au genre, m’ont tout de suite plû et je ne peux absolument rien trouver à dire de négatif sinon que j’adore vraiment la pièce-titre qui débute calmement et qui progresse vers une finale un peu plus dure, mais hé! Ça n’a rien de négatif comme commentaire ça…


Le deuxième morceaux est peut-être un peu plus post punk que « Blood on the Streets » mais il n’en est absolument pas moins bon. Encore une fois, « Attack of the Montana Red » est une excellente pièce qui ne laisse vraiment pas l'auditeur indifférent et nous avons même droit à quelques petits «screams» par-ci par-là. Comme souvent dans ce style et exactement comme dans cette chanson, la basse est mise de l’avant et vient ajouter tout le côté mélodique de ce titre. La guitare, pour sa part, est reléguée au second-plan et fait plutôt office d’élément de soutien au vocal.


En ajout, ce que j’apprécie le plus sur ce EP est le fait (à moins que je ne me trompe carrément) que les trois instruments ont été captés en même temps et ça, on aime ça! Ça donne une nature moins frigide à l’enregistrement; on le sent chaud et authentique tout en ayant l'impression d’avoir été là avec eux en studio.


Ceci étant dit, «Blood on the streets» est un très bon premier effort et Young Lungs reste une formation très prometteuse. J’attends donc impatiemment le LP qui devrait sortir sous peu et gageons que d’ici là, «Blood on the streets» se fera buriner les sillions sur ma table encore et encore et encore…quand il arrivera.

- La Punkerie


"Forget the Box - Who are Young Lungs? (Feature/Interview) - May 31, 2012"

In anticipation of tonight’s show with Pinyin Pals and People Person at L’Alilizé, I decided that it was finally time I get to know up and coming band Young Lungs, whose name has been floating around my social networking circles incessantly as of late. Who the f*@$ are these guys? On Sunday, May 27th, I sat down with Young Lungs at Cagibi and got to talking with them about their musical influences, Marvel Comics, and their latest projects.

Young Lungs is a dynamic (and hilarious) trio made up of Justin Ross (Guitar, Vocals), Guillaume Carroll (Bass, Vocals) and Gervais Robinson (Drums, Vocals). They describe their sound as “all-over the place” and genre-defying: closest to a sort of indie-surf punk (with occasional screaming) and some noise rock elements. Justin, Guillaume, and Gervais have been playing music together for over nine years. They’ve played together in various incarnations and recently, they decided to rebaptize their project “Young Lungs” and take it as far as possible: “Kill or be killed …. from prey to predator to apex predator”. They recently released a 7” Vinyl of their track “Blood on the Streets” for which they also recently shot a music video with Montreal filmmaker and photographer Louis Lazaris.

When I sat down with these dudes, they had just come back from playing a show in New York and playing a couple shows out east in Matane and Rimouski. Their show in Rimouski was freezing and wild. “Anything goes in Rimouski” said Gervais, “seems like there are no laws in those towns.” Justin recounted being very surprised when a kid got “tea-bagged” during the show: “The guy barely even reacted, like ‘Awh, not again’.”

Songwriting for the band is “usually really collaborative. Most of the songs come out of jams or someone comes up with an idea and then we finish it together as a band” says Guillaume. Their musical influences are quite diverse, from the Pixies to Talking Heads all the way to the Foo Fighters.

Current obsessions include Vinyl for Justin and Guillaume, who is on an elusive quest to find The Fever. The quirkiest thing that has come out of Vinyl hunting for Justin so far is a 2$ Moog plays the Beatles Vinyl. The first ever recordings of Moog playing on the now famous synthesizers. As for Gervais, his current obsession is listening to Protest Hero: “Their new album is awesome and I’m getting pumped to see them in August.”

When asked which Avenger they would be, Guillaume gave props to the Hulk whom he felt stole the show although Justin felt the Hulk to be “an unpredictable cat”. Young Lungs seemed way more enthused with the idea of being X-men, citing themselves as “X-men guys”. Guillaume chose Gambit without hesitation (and I gave him mental props for doing so, since Gambit is hands down the best). Gervais would be Wolverine because he feels he can pull of the look. As for Justin, he said that if he was to have powers he would want to have telekinetic powers “move shit with his mind” and “revolutionize everything”. I couldn’t help but imagine him as Jean Grey, it might be a good look.

This question spawned a twenty minute discussion of the 90’s X-men cartoon and the extent of its epicness and character complexity. The conversation naturally moved on to Captain Planet and the Planeteers. “Don’t you think it’s kind of sick that Captain Planet just abducted all those kids though?” Justin brought up, “ ‘Come help me defend the environment!’, ‘Who are you?’, ‘I dunno but I’ve got blue skin and a green mullet, you can trust me. Here are these magical rings!’” When I proposed the Young Lung album cover be the guys as the Planeteers, Gervais said he would be most probably Captain Planet, citing his mullet as proof. As for Justin, he said “alright, just as long as I’m not that kid with the Heart ring.”

So now we know a lot about Young Lungs, mostly that Ma-Ti was not their favourite planeteer (I mean, who really liked Heart anyways). One more bit of information about the guys for the roa - Forget the Box


"Meet You at the Show - Young Lungs – Le Cagibi – 17.11.11"

Next up were Montreal’s own Young Lungs. Despite the 30-minute wait between bands, excitement still remained high in the small, back room of Le Cagibi. Without any hesitation, the band exploded into a fast paced modern punk rock meets Wolf Parade fusion. Relentlessly powering through each track, Young Lungs’ energetic, group vocals and smash everything attitude effortlessly captivated the audiences attention. Anyone who was sitting soon stood and anyone who was stationary soon found himself or herself involuntarily bobbing their heads or dancing. Much like Firework Express, Young Lungs announced that this was their first show in a long time, although the rust didn’t show- at all. - Meet You at the Show


"Alternative Press "Blood on the Streets" Video Premiere - May 3, 2012"

Check out this new video from Montreal's Young Lungs for "Blood On The Streets."

The song is culled from the band's upcoming 7-inch of the same name, due out next month and available for pre-order here. The credits for the video are below.

Directed & Edited by
LOUIS LAZARIS

Cinematography & Color-Correction by
BRYAN WILKAT

Assistant Camera
MEGAN WHITCHER

Make-Up Artist
MARIE VIGOUROUX

Graphic Design
CHARLES BRISEBOIS

Grips
LAUREN FLEMING,
NASTASIA ANDALORO,
ANDREA ROSS,
& JOSHUA CAREY

- Alternative Press


Discography

-Death to the Ticks CD-R EP *sold out*
-The Dark Rider CD-R EP *sold out*
-Blood on the Streets b/w Attack of the Montana Red 7" - January 2012 (mastered by Jon Drew)

"Blood on the Streets" music video directed by: Louis Lazaris released May 3, 2012

*just completed a forthcoming full length, mastered by Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Magneta Lane) - set for release in Fall / late 2012*

Photos

Bio

Hailing from various areas in and surrounding Montreal, YOUNG LUNGS are a zippy post-punk power trio that combine an energetic stage show with surf, punk and lo-fi/garage influenced songs, somehow filtering no-wave guitar tones through power pop sensibilities.

Formed in an attempt to combat the mind-numbing routine of suburban high school and college. Though limited in musicianship, the trio, not short in creativity, opted to focus on writing their own original songs instead of the succumbing to the usual high school garage band syndrome of playing covers. Logging thousands of hours of practice, boasting the ability to play entire sets blindfolded without error, YOUNG LUNGS are best described as a group being on the verge of a musical nervous breakdown while somehow still managing to keep the songs together.

Attempting to carve their own niche, being too punk for the indie kids, and too indie for the hardcore kids, with over 100 shows in and around Montreal under their belt, they've received praise for their quirky songwriting and explosive live performances.

Their debut 7�, Blood on the Streets, was recorded and co-produced by O.H. (of Montreal shoegaze/art-rock band AIM LOW) and mastered by Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells, Magneta Lane).

Band Members