30 Seconds: All the Young

All The Young, the latest band to spend 30 seconds chatting to M, are already able to ram theatre-sized music venues on their own merits.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 29 Jun 2012
  • min read
All The Young burst into the world with an album of brick-breaking powerhouse sounds, brought into catastrophic dimensions by none other than GGGarth Richardson, the man responsible for classic albums from Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Biffy Clyro. They’ve performed with Morrissey, Kaiser Chiefs, The Courteneers, The Wombats, Hard-Fi and The Pigeon Detectives) and already able to ram theatre-sized venues on their own merits.

How long have you been making music?
We've been making music since I can remember. Myself and Jack have been in bands together since we were in school and nothing else in our lives has ever had as much meaning as the songs we make together. Dave & Will have done the same and now we're all doing it together. We've been kicking around Stoke-on-Trent in separate bands but all gunning for the same thing so it makes sense that we're "All the Young" now. Onwards & forwards!

What inspired your latest album?
We're inspired by the great albums of the past. Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go, Oasis - Definitely Maybe, The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow. These kinds of records just aren't made any more, even by guitar groups. People are scared of writing big tunes now and the media hate it too. It's a shame because these bands were heroes for doing it and there's a lot of folk crying our for another LP that reaches for the stars.

What process do you go through to create your music?
I (Ryan) will come up with a song, consisting of words, melodies and chords and then I'll bring it to practice for the band to inject it with some dynamic. A lot of the songs usually start out quite like a ballad and then they become rock monsters ha ha. That's down to the four maniacs in the room at the time!

How would you describe your sound?
We have a very classic sound to our guitar work, we use Gibsons and we play solos etc but we're a very forward thinking band. Our message and our vibe are just as important as our tools and we just want to make records that set people free. Being reminded of how mundane city life has been done to death and we're sick of hearing it now.

What would your dream collaboration be?
That's a funny question because I'm sure the answer would have to be different to the question 'Who is your favourite artist?' It'd be quite daunting to work alongside our favourite band/singer so it would have to be something that nobody would expect. I love Adele's voice so if she ever fancies a bit of rock n'roll in a toilet venue tell her to give us a call!

Where can we catch you performing next?
Our UK tour kicked off in Liverpool at The Shipping Forecast on 27 May.
We're on tour for the whole of June and we finish off at Hurricane and Southside Festival in Germany. Utter chaos, we can't wait.
We've just been announced to play BIGSOUND live festival in Australia in September! The event runs from Sept 12-14, times and venues will be announced in the coming weeks. More Australian tour dates coming soon also.