Youngest Of Elders is the brainchild of San Francisco based musician Jesse Gale. With a songwriting style that’s mainly focused on dealing with and understanding the angst, fears, anxiety and nostalgia of past, present, and future, Youngest Of Elders is constantly pushing towards a sound that’s reminiscent of Joy Division, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Hum and many more. Jesse shares some of his favorite songs in this weeks edition of “Five For Friday” but first have a listen to his song “Before Beauty” from his latest E.P. “ASL” available now at youngestofelders.bandcamp.com and available soon as a limited cassette from CMM.
Radio Dept. “1995”
I can’t remember the first time I heard this band, but I remember hearing this track and being blown away by its simplistic and atmospheric melodies. I saw them in San Francisco in 2010, and lost it when they rocked this one. I love and hate that they rarely play live, or release new material on a regular basis, for that matter.
Pedro the Lion “Rapture”
I heard this track in an old Thrasher skate video and loved it. Listened to their whole Control album right after and became inspired to find the perfect marriage of lyrics and music, combined with a ton of dynamics and emotion. Besides Pink Floyd records, this is the first concept album I listened to and studied like crazy.
Joy Division “Disorder”
This is the band and song that changed everything for me. The intensity of this song will always get me in a better mood, despite its lyrical content and Ian’s tragic end. This song was the gateway to my musical journey, and helped me make some upbeat, yet moody songs. Nowadays, if I ever get stuck writing music, I’ll listen back to this song to remember to simplify things.
The Appleseed Cast “On Reflection”
This is another “simple yet complex” song from an amazing record and band. Their tones and melodies are some of my favorites. One of the many bands that I would research their gear to try to emulate the delays and reverbs and distortions. They change their sound every record, which always good to hear. I think they’re putting out a new record in 2016, and I’m really excited to see what direction they go in this time around.
The Velvet Teen “Gyzmkid”
One of the best kept secrets from the Cotati, CA area. These guys consistently release amazing material and change their sound completely every time. Got a lot of inspiration years ago to try blending electronic samples and electric guitars because of this song. This song blew me away with the drumming of their then new drummer, who is insane to watch live.