Youth Club

The Victorian glamour of Southend-on-Sea may have long since faded, but the town’s music scene remains as vibrant as ever, as new quartet Youth Club confirm. Learn more...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 19 May 2014
  • min read
The Essex holiday destination, which in recent times has spawned alternative hit-makers The Horrors and These New Puritans, has always noted Britain’s changing musical tides.

Now Youth Club, a band which combines elements of soul, classic indie, pop and disco, are riding 2014’s alt-R&B wave with plenty of flair and indie nous.

Consisting of Gerarrd Duffield, Rees Broomfield and brothers Danny Blanco and Joe Fran, their songs flutter from the neo-soul of Brolin to the disco-tinge of Jungle, with elements of Metronomy thrown in for good measure.

Inspired by summer and all things colourful, they are not confined by the boundaries of any particular genre but draw influence wherever they catch a groove.

The band formed a couple of years ago on the impetus of Danny, who had spent the last five years touring with New Zealand’s electro-pop lynchpin, Ladyhawke.

They already have a fair few Essex shows under their belts, and have spent the first half of 2014 branching out to Brighton and London with their classy pop offering.

Their first EP proper, Colours, was released on 28 April and builds on the promise of earlier self-released demos.

Catch them on their summery live fling:

25 May:        Hogsozzle Festival, Herts
13 June:        Bar Mondo, Dartford
14 June:        Fake Festival, Basildon
29 June:        Leigh Folk Festival, Leigh-on-Sea
12 July:         Village Green, Chalkwell
19 August:     Flag Factory Festival, Basildon