Melody and guitars are the forte of this trio. They open up with the irresistible "Black Popcorn", a power pop gem that would make Big Star green with envy. The opening riff of "I Don't Care" sounds like a reworking and modernization of "Here Comes Your Man".
The band have a solid grasp on lyrics as well. They pen an incredibly clever song like "Two Reasons", yet manage to take it and disguise it as a fluffy bubblegum pop number. That takes some skill.
Young Rival do get moodier from time-to-time. The guitar sound on "Let It Go" casts a shadow over that song. There's a storm brewing on "Lost" that culminates in a delightful clash of guitar and percussion.
It's not all pure garage rock. There's a hint of '60s vocal pop influence on the careening jangler "Black Is Good". A country rhythm saunters beneath the guitars on "Better Things To Do".
Young Rival play the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on November 22nd.
Best tracks: "Black Popcorn", "Black Is Good"
Track listing for Stay Young:
- Black Popcorn
- Nothing You Know Well
- Let It Go
- I Don't Care
- Black Is Good
- Two Reasons
- Better Things To Do
- Night Song