Young Culture Announces New Album “You Had To Be There”
Equal Vision Records and New York pop-punk trio Young Culture are delighted to announce the Friday, November 11 release of You Had To Be There, the band’s next album.
Recorded with Anton DeLost (State Champs, Silverstein, Mayday Parade) in Toronto, Ontario, it feels like the trio – vocalist Alex Magnan and guitarists Gabe Pietrafesa and Troy Burchett – are coming down from love a year ago marked by the Godspeed EP.
While equally dramatic with catchy surges of unapologetic emotion, You Had To Be There presents a melancholy surge of high-octane energy with shadows lurking in the foundations of these 10 songs.
Stream the album’s new single, “Kinda Over It,” a song about the shadows, back and forths, and unnecessary headaches of a relationship that isn’t really a relationship. The trio had the following to share about the band themselves and their upcoming album:
“Young Culture has always been about making the most of your life, enjoying those good times, so come and do it with us. You’ll find us in touch with our pop-punk roots but with a new and refreshing purpose. , sweet and precise as we like to do but filled with memorable moments. If you miss the YC train,
sorry, I can’t explain this one to you, I guess ‘You had to be there’.”
Additionally, Young Culture also announced their co-headline tour with Super American as well as dates supporting State Champs in select North American markets in October and November. Ticket information can be found HERE, and a full list of dates can be found below.
You Had To Be There, the upcoming album from the Young Culture trio of Albany, NY, builds on the foundations the band has established since forming in 2016. It’s an album that challenges the conventional – and often true – notion. – of the difficult second recording. It was anything but. Plus, you can hear how much freedom, joy, exuberance and fun went into the process of putting it all together.
Due to the pandemic, the band didn’t get a chance to release and tour the debut album, but the release of You Had To Be There almost represents another chance to remake the debut album. It feels a lot like a real stamp of young culture, both in terms of where they are now and what they want for the future.
Smooth, polished pop from opener “Not In Love” and hybrid pop-punk from “Kinda Over It” – two songs about finding solace in someone else’s company, if not- what for one night – to the joy, bombast and triumphant strains of ‘We’re On Fire’ and the desperate yet still defiant nature of ‘Know Better’, this is a record about how to make the most of of the present, to live in the present and have as much fun as possible no matter what you or the world is going through.
Musically, it’s also a shameless nod to all the genres and groups that the trio loves. On “Tattoo,” for example, the band refers to listening to the Backstreet Boys the same way they mentioned listening to Britney Spears on “Hum.” There’s no worry that it won’t be cool in the pop-punk scene, and there shouldn’t be. In fact, it’s precisely this unbridled passion and unfiltered enthusiasm that makes You Had To Be There stand out.
However, it’s done in such a way that the band are also looking forward to what’s next – both in the near future and in the grand scheme of things – and doing so with added confidence. It’s something that is wholeheartedly reflected throughout the album, musically and lyrically, from the very first note to the very last.
“I really think it’s something you don’t want to miss,” singer Alex Magnan said. “I feel like it’s the sound of us picking up and making a record that’s the youngest thing ever. We were the most excited we’ve ever been to make the music of this album.”
Young Culture will make the following US appearances in October and November. Dates below.
Listen to the new single here:
Youth Culture Tour Dates
22 – Louisville, KY – Portal *
23 – Nashville, TN – The End*
25 – Dallas, TX – Cheap Steaks*
26 – Austin, TX – House of Spiders*
27 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger*
29 – Phoenix, Arizona – Valley Bar*
30 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction*
31 – Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post*
02 – Seattle, Washington – Vera*
03 – Portland, OR – Mano Oculta *
05 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Hive*
06 – Denver, CO – Headquarters *
08 – Kansas City, MO – Rino*
09 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome*
10 – Columbus, OH – Large Hall Bar*
11 – Cleveland, OH – Home of the Blues ^
12 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live ^
13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel ^
15 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater ^
18 – Chicago, Illinois – Concord Music Hall ^
19 – St. Louis, MO – Red Flag ^
20 – Minneapolis, MN – University Theater ^
^ – support state champions
* – co-headline with Super American with special guests Arms Length