Three-piece alternative rock band Young Culture is back and ready for summer with their new feel-good EP, Godspeed. The band has today shared another single, “Simplemindedteens.” Fans can listen now here: https://youngculture.lnk.to/simple. Godspeed is set to be released on July 30th via Equal Vision Records and is available for pre-order here. For more information, please visit: youngculture.lnk.to/godspeedEP
“’Simplemindedteens’ is an ode to the days when we were growing up,” the band shares. “Learning how to be yourself and discovering new things. Friends, drugs, relationships, memories and mistakes. Everything you’re not so sure you want to tell your future kids about.”
They continue: “At times when you’re growing up, things can feel negative. But it feels good to look back at your life in a positive light. Embrace the things you’ve done that make you who you are today. We focused a lot on the acoustic guitar, and swing feel that the song has. Something to sound light and fun.”
After spending nearly every Sunday during the pandemic brainstorming and writing together, childhood friends Alex Magnan (vocals), Gabe Pietrafesa (guitar), and Troy Burchett (guitar) were ready to share the found happiness and love that many people are now being able to experience once again.
The band’s debut self-titled LP released in 2020 was an extremely diverse mix of songs, so the guys decided to base the pop-rock sound of this EP off of the style of music their fans enjoyed the most from their previous album. Offering the group some new perspective, Young Culture took a different creative approach and decided on the artwork and the name Godspeed before they dove into the writing process. “We knew what kind of vibe the artwork and name would have, so we polished off these songs with that in mind,” Gabe reflected. This approach created a cohesive blend of happy songs that are perfect for summer and a great reminder to practice love wherever you go.
The group recorded this EP in a true DIY fashion. After tracking the songs at an old friend’s studio in Albany, they were then passed onto long-time friends of the band, Derek DiScanio of State Champs and Sam Guaiana, to produce, and Gabe’s brother, Tony Pietrafesa, to engineer. It became clear that the connection between the guys grew even greater during those Sunday sessions when it didn’t take long to polish off this group of fun and loving pop rock tracks. “It felt good to be able to see that we can do this on our own and have it come out like this,” Gabe commented.
The EP kicks off with a strong title track, “Godspeed,” which focuses on two star-crossed lovers and the importance of continuously exploring life with the one you love.
According to Alex, “these 5 songs are just a showcase of what we’ve always been about, solidifying who we are and what we do. I want the listeners to feel the different emotions we’re trying to convey with each track. Each song has something special to offer and I want it to be felt to its fullest.”
Young Culture is very eager to kick off this summer with some positivity and love for anyone who will listen. Their new EP Godspeed is set to be released on July 30th via Equal Vision Records. To pre-save, please visit: youngculture.lnk.to/godspeedEP
Young Culture Is:
Alex Magnan (vocals)
Gabe Pietrafesa (guitar)
Troy Burchett (guitar)