Youth Moose is made up of three humans from Staten Island, NY. They are not interested in moose hunting or taxonomy, and they made sure to clarify that off the bat. They do, however, own a moose filled with polyester, which was a gift from a loyal fan. The band formed in March of 2015, and it comprises of Stephanie (vocalist), Chris (guitarist/kick drummer) and Billy (bassist). The latter pair were working on the track “Gumballs” which is possibly my favorite on the whole album.
They knew they were on to something good when Chris played the track and Stephanie began to scream over it. The rest, as they say, was history. That was two years ago, and now Youth Moose has played 25 shows in 14 locations throughout the New York area. This includes Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan. People chant “moose” at local shows, because the trio has started to build a real, loyal following.
The latest six-track Youth Moose EP, entitled The Moose Has Found You is a bizarre, manic and exciting experience. The opening track, ‘The Tiny Cowboy’, makes this abundantly clear in its one minute running time. Chugging, repetitive, yet punchy acoustic and electric power chords electrify the scene and prepare the listener for the intentionally hilarious sequence of tracks to follow, as the track crams in as many references to a certain tiny cowboy as can possibly be achieved.
“Yoghurt Hair” is driven by an uplifting yet rock-fueled, head-banging acoustic and electric chord progression. On top of this, Stephanie sings, as you might have guessed, about yoghurt hair. Apparently, “it’s what the TV said” and I have no idea what that means. All I know is that I never expected to hear such a catchy track about yoghurt before. Stephanie commands a certain power and atmosphere with her voice, and it’s addictively fun.
“Socks” is driven by the lyric “I don’t want to wear socks,”,a slow beat and an upbeat, acoustic, melodic progression. Stephanie’s voice is, yet again, sweet but also uplifting, powerful, punchy and pop-ready. Occasional harmonies and lead vocal moments from Chris, or perhaps Billy, really help to create diversity in the track. There’s nothing like a good male-female duet to really carry a track to the next level.
And “I Don’t Trust Those Gumballs” is an angst-fueled track about gumballs. The three Youth Moose members seem rather jaded and bitter about gumballs, but I’ve no complaints about that, because an incredible track was formed out of this hatred for the sweet treats. This is the rawest, most brutal track on the album; it’s driven by electric guitar chords, Chris and Billy’s raw, screeching vocals and Stephanie’s sweet, powerful contributions. It’s madness, but it’s the most electrifying and rock-driven dose of madness on the album.
This chaotic band is definitely worth a listen. If you like weird, wacky, well-written music, this is where you need to begin.
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