Young Rebel Set Preview
October 1, 2010 1 Comment
The mysterious troubadours that form Young Rebel Set preach full-blooded tales of tough love, hard luck and the triumph of romance against the odds.
Every spit and sawdust jig is spun from the blood, sweat, tears, toil and glory of an extraordinary group and woven into a rousing patchwork of gritty urban folk.
Hailing from Stockton-on-Tees in the North East, YRS are Matty Chipchase (vocals, guitar), Andy Parmley (guitar), Chris Parmley (bass), Mark Evans (mandolin), Paddy Jordan (guitar, keyboard), Luke Evans (drums) and Dave Coombe (harmonica).
They’re so urgent, passionate and urban, they’ve even got a frontman whose voice sounds like it was rubbed down with sandpaper and whose name – Matty Chipchase – reeks of towerblocks and greasy food gobbled on the run after the fights start when the pubs shut.
On debut single If I Was, Chipchase declares his love through promises and pledges: “If I was a soldier, I would march to war for you, I’d face every bullet and cannonball that flew.”
His voice is so raw and honest and true he makes Billy Bragg sound like some auto-tuned R and B robo-boy.
The band have been earning much love from the notoriously hard-to-please industry press with their refreshing candour and a treasure-trove of quality songs that does the talking for them.
After self-releasing two very limited edition singles last year, and following the release of their ‘Won’t Get Up Again’ EP through the band’s own label in May, Young Rebel Set are putting the finishing touches on their debut album, which will be released early in 2011.
In advance of the album, the band release brand new single ‘Measure Of A Man’ as a digital download on November 14.
Mixed by Dan Austin – who’s mixed most of the album and worked on the last Doves record, Massive Attack and Cherry Ghost amongst others – ‘Measure Of A Man’ is possibly Young Rebel Set’s rootsiest moment and conjures the outlaw spirit of Cash as rolling drums build to roof-lifting chorus.
The single is backed by two new songs, ‘The Reckoning’ and ‘Love Me Once, Love Me Again’
Supporting them in the Crewe show, will be top notch duo The Flares, from Alsager, who are bold enough to experiment with just vocals and guitars – along with the odd trombone.
Dead Radio Society, who really impressed on the debut at the venue in the summer, return to The Box, along with one of South Cheshire’s finest pop outfits The Retrospective.
Tickets are £6 in advance. Doors open at 8pm.