Liverpool’s Paris Youth Foundation celebrated the release of their new EP The Nights Are For Thinking About You with a supporting slot alongside Aberdeen’s The Xcerts at London’s The Garage.
The headline act on the night delivered a strong, polished set full of the kind of big pop-rock choruses you might expect from a band firmly establishing themselves as one of the UK’s premier mainstream rock bands, after far humbler beginnings. However, it was the main support act on the night that provided the more intriguing set.
Having got their first break with BBC Introducing at Reading and Leeds, Paris Youth Foundation are quickly building their reputation as equals to contemporaries such as Circa Waves and Sundara Karma, channelling the influences of Bombay Bicycle Club before them. Previewing material from their new EP, the band played with a refreshing enthusiasm and ambition. Their pop leaning indie rock sound exploits loud and quiet dynamics, melodic riffs and big, emotive choruses. This is balanced with instrumental ambition, with subtle tempo changes and rich textures throughout.
Set highlight ‘I Can’t Keep Up With Your Love’ popped and crackled with intensity as it built towards its climatic finale. The band also previewed ‘Look What You Started’, with its instantly gratifying chorus and pulsating synth line, and ‘You Haven’t Loved Until You’ve Lost’ from the new EP, as well as older tracks such as ‘Losing Your Love’ and the fantastic and fitting ‘London’. The EP is the story of a long distance breakup, as the band target unconventional sad songs which fans can dance to. The result is a cohesive lyrical and musical narrative and sign of their artistic intent.
There is a degree of similarity in many of their releases to date, and with time, depth and range will need to be added as they further develop as artists. Similarly, front man Kevin Potter, who is more Gallagher in appearance than Matt Healey as you might expect, is unexpectedly reserved in his delivery. The rest of the band are equally unassuming on stage but delivered a tight set full of potential as they continue to explore their sound and identity.
The EP was produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Clean Cut Kid) at Parr Street Studios and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (Everything Everything, Maccabees, Magic Gang). It serves as an early statement from a band fast on the rise and indicates great potential, with plenty of weighty radio and streaming service support behind them. The Nights Are For Thinking About You is available to stream now, HERE.
Paris Youth Foundation – competed by Kevin Potter (vocals), Jamie Hives (guitar), Tom Morris Jones (guitar), Paul Bates (bass) and Jonny Alderton (drums) – are on tour throughout May and June, with festival dates and support slots with Vistas and Sun Silva, tour dates below.
Upcoming Tour Dates
01 – Camden Assembly, London*
04 – Sound City Festival, Liverpool
05 – Teddy Rocks Festival, Dorset
27 – Crofters Rights, Bristol **
28 – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham **
29 – Oporto, Leeds **
30 – Night People, Manchester
31 – St Lukes, Glasgow
01 – The Think Tank, Newcastle*
*Supporting Sun Silva
** Supporting Vistas