The Underground Youth Share New Single & Video
“A Sorrowful Race”
Announce New Album The Falling out March 12th 2021
on Fuzz Club Records
The Underground Youth, a Manchester-born, Berlin-based group led by Craig Dyer, are releasing their tenth album, The Falling on 12th March 2021 via Fuzz Club Records. Announcing the record, they’ve shared the first single,”A Sorrowful Race”. The new album sees Craig and the band trade their acerbic post-punk melancholy for a more refined and stripped-back sound which enters the world of romantic, shadowy folk-noir.
“A Sorrowful Race” is an inward-facing dissection of ego and narcissism. ‘Why he’s achieved so much more than I, in such a short amount of time, well I’ll never understand why, I’ll just keep writing line after line after line after line’, Craig sings on the song. “This track is something of personal attack on myself, and the narcissistic frustration at those whose success has overshadowed my own. He explains. “It could be perceived as egoistic, but the idea with this record was to be as honest as possible lyrically, that included addressing the feelings that were maybe harder to face.”
A voice you can’t help but obsess over. Those deep brooding tones consume you. This darker, gothic approach assists in the attitude captured in their craft. An intense exploration that devours you.
A marked departure from the primal intensity often heard on the band’s previous work, The Falling showcases a softer, more cinematic musical landscape, one shaped by acoustic guitars, piano, accordion and a heavy presence of violin and string arrangements. “Lyrically this album finds me at my most honest and autobiographical. I still shroud the reality of what I have written within something of a fictional setting, but the honesty and the romance that shines throughout the record is more sincere than it has been in my previous work. The idea was to strip back the band to allow for lyrical breathing space,” Craig reflects on the album.
With nine full-lengths behind them since their formation in 2008, the band has acquired a dedicated, cult-like global following (the Mademoiselle album, for example, reaching 7million views on YouTube). Off the back of their last album, Montage Images of Lust & Fear, The Underground Youth set off on a 50+ date European tour, their first run of shows around Asia and were also in the middle of their first USA/Canada tour when Covid-19 hit, sadly cutting it short. With the original plans of heading into the studio upon their return from their US tour grinding to a halt – the tour cancelled midway through and followed by months of isolation in their Berlin apartments – the album is very much a product of the distressing and unfamiliar world we now find ourselves in.
As a result of the pandemic, The Falling was recorded between Craig and guitarist/producer Leo Kaage’s apartments-turned-home-studios (also in the band is Craig’s wife, the artist Olya Dyer, and Max James, who formerly played in Johnny Marr’s live band): “The album sees me going back to my writing approach from our earliest records, writing the demos as stripped back acoustic tracks at home. What started out as a set of romantic and deeply personal songs also took on the surrounding frustrations and feelings towards the situation we found ourselves in. Born from the heartbreak of how the worldwide pandemic has changed the industry we were thriving within, this album also functions as a love letter to the past.”