Youth Group

with Red Riders

Sydney based alternative indie rockers Youth Group have been riding on a huge wave of success following the release of their album Skeleton Jar in the United States and United Kingdom. Having spent the majority of the year over seas Youth Group are back with a brand new issuing of Skeleton Jar and a new national tour. Joining in on the action are Sydney mates Red Riders.


This was Youth Group's very first sold out show in Melbourne, packing the 350 capacity Northcote Social Club. This is not surprising considering Youth Group were featured on very popular television show The OC, having said that you can notice the demographic change within the crowd.


The recently added to the Ivy League roster Red Riders, opened the show. Sadly with Northcote Social Club there tends to be a trend of people sitting during the first act. Red Riders are virtually unknown with in the trendy crowd in attendance, even though they had opened for other huge acts like Franz Ferdinand. It didn't take long for people to get on their dancing shoes, or at least nodding their heads. Singers Adrian and Alexander swap lead roles during songs and offer great harmonies, having their own unique stage moves makes them really enjoyable to watch.


Playing songs from their current EP, Red Riders kept the crowed bopping and eventually the remainder of sitters stood up and the place started rocking. Red Riders kept up the showmanship through out the set and bored no one. Sounding like across between The Strokes and Bit By Bats theses guys were possibly one of the best support acts i've ever seen, with many people leaving the night with a copy of their EP in hand.


The curtain opened. A string of bright lights connected each microphone stand, as well as an elaborate snake of while lights swirling its way around the drum kit, creating a great mood. The ‘ Group kicked of their set with a blistering rendition of the album title track Skeleton Jar. After not playing in Melbourne since earlier in the year, Youth Group looked quite at home.


Front man Toby Martin celebrated his 30th birthday in style, playing a handful of new songs that are a hint of things to come for the band, slightly laid back compared to Skeleton Jar but none the less kept the crowd happy.


Sadly for the older Youth Group fans the band steered clear of any songs from previous album 'Urban & Eastern', obviously trying to forge a new sound with this line up after losing members over the years. New comer Patrick Matthews kept in the shadows during the set possibly try to shake the label of "The Vines bass player", while he is a great singer he only offered harmonies in two songs at most.


Finishing the set with Shadowland, saw Youth Group walk of stage and called back on for an unrehursed oncore. Youth Group ran through yet another new song pleasing the crowed and setting a great end to the evening. A very sweaty Danny Allen thanked the crowed with his boyish smile and wet t-shirt. Hopefully they will be back down here some time soon!

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