Youth Group - Starting Tomorrow Today

Currently on the tail end of a hectic US tour, Australia's own, Youth Group have been very busy promoting their third album Casino Twilight Dogs, taking their delectable indie pop to audiences across the east and west coast. Calling in from The North Star Bar in Philadelphia, guitarist Cameron Emerson-Elliott sounds noticeably chuffed with the support that the band has received from fans throughout the tour.


"Our album has been out for a little while now over here and people have had the chance to listen to it and digest it, so we've got some big fans in America. Even at the smaller shows we come across people who know the lyrics and who have a favourite song they want to hear, which is really great"


Youth Group's overseas profile has risen dramatically after supporting Death Cab for Cutie in 2005 and the band was catapulted into the limelight thanks to their version of ‘Forever Young' in 2006. Scoring the opportunity to support Coldplay in late 2006 was, says Cameron, a very nice taste of what the future could hold.


"That was a really exciting time; it was something we never expected. It was such a thrilling experience but daunting at the same time, it was like ‘oh god how are we ever going to manage to play in front of this many people again!' It was a lovely taste for sure."


Drawing crowds doesn't seem to be a problem for Youth Group (vocalist Tony Martin, bassist Patrick Matthews and drummer Danny Allen complete the band's line-up) who livened up the streets of Austin, Texas during the recent SXSW Festival.


"The SXSW Festival was pretty crazy; it's more like a musical conference with bands just playing everywhere, not like a music festival like the Big Day Out. In America, musical centres like New York have had a lot of venues shutting down, so when there's a music festival like SXSW on, everybody just heads there, it's crazy."


The Festival also gave the boys an opportunity to play with a scope of different bands, including Badly Drawn Boy, and an up and coming US band called Stars of Track and Field. Emerson-Elliott states that this is perhaps the best thing about touring, getting the chance to hear new bands and play with them also.


"We're all big music fans so we love that aspect of touring, you come across a whole bunch of stuff that you wouldn't normally, it just seems to fall in your lap and a lot of it is really great".


So what are the harder parts of touring apart from missing family and friends back home? "It's also really tiring. It gets hard to keep your perspective on things. We've been over here a few times now but it's still really exciting, so I guess we have to try and remember to take things a little bit easy so that we're not totally crabby at each other! Just getting that balance, making sure we're having fun but still getting everything done that needs to be done."


With their US tour almost coming to an end, what's next in store for Youth Group? The band is returning to Australia in a couple of weeks to begin their Start Today Tomorrow tour, and plan on keeping up the momentum by working on songs for their next album once the tour winds up. It's something Emerson-Elliott is evidently excited about, and says the band is keen to take this album in a different direction, including experimenting with writing processes.


"I think with each album you learn new things, and we are pretty keen to try something different. We tried to make the last album different and some people said it wasn't as different as we'd tried to make it! I think we're going to attempt to make it very different, we'll just have to wait and see. We've got a lot of ideas so I think we're all feeling pretty excited about getting back to Australia and starting to work on this one and make all the ideas happen."


The band has the end of the year in sight for the release of the album, although Emerson-Elliott is unsure whether they will be able to complete it by then. In the meantime Australian audiences can look forward to having Youth Group back on Australian shores, for a little while we hope. Judging from the hype coming in from America it will be little surprise if this home-grown band isn't playing to stadium-size audiences across the globe in the next few years. The sweet taste of success is just around the corner.

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