>> Younger Then, Buffalo, New York-based indie/alternative-rock band, celebrates their 3rd year rocking Western, New York and beyond with the release of their debut album, 'Bad Life', and despite its title, its upbeat drumming, catchy guitar riffs, and soaring vocals, make this 'Bad Life' seem not so bad after all.
'Bad Life' is an optimistic and quirky album with lots of high energy. Their first major release, since debuting their self-titled EP in April of 2017, 'Bad Life' serves as a major land-marker: proclaiming to the world of indie/alternative rock that Younger Then is here, they’re loud, and they’re just getting started. In tracks like “All In All” and “Luna” Jeremy Sheilds’ complex and driving drum beats get you grooving while Michael Wirth (doubling on bass) and Austin Dorr’s guitars hit you in the face with punchy though melodic lines that’ll be stuck in your ears for days. Meanwhile, lead vocalist, Zack Dupuis, flaunts his vocal versatility with bittersweet vocal lines that cut through and soar atop their distorted textures. The track, “Bad Life,” of which the album was named after, humorously explores the theme of always getting back up regardless of how many times you may get knocked down. This may explain why it best represents what is quickly becoming the classic Younger Then sound: playful and crunchy.
While 'Bad Life', in terms of creativity and craft, certainly holds its own as a solid debut indie-rock album, the presence of Younger Then’s artistic influences, bands such as Cage The Elephant and Kings of Leon, are still a bit heavy-handed. The general timbre and melody of the guitars are often too reminiscent of the edgy blues twang we know and love Cage The Elephant so much for, as well as Dupuis’ singing is, at times, too Caleb Followillian to distinguish Younger Then from Kings of Leon. While a certain amount of this is to be expected from a band that’s only got 3 years under their belt, we cannot deny the album overall lacks some originality.
'Bad Life' is sure to age well. While the influence of Younger Then’s idols can be sometimes too obvious, they are never overbearing. The album is still really well done and ultimately serves its purpose: to put Younger Then on the map as a seriously ambitious indie band to keep an eye on. 8/10 <<