Premiere: Album Stream – Youth Worship, “LP1”
James Hanna, formerly of NYC dream pop band Asobi Seksu, has stripped all the elements of his early Aughts band down to their most base elements for the first Youth Worship album. Accurately titled “LP1” and inspired by the punk ethos of bands like Black Flag, the noise minimalism of guitar rock, and every cheap fuzz pedal any thirteen year-old bought with fast food money, Hanna has crafted an album of searing, heady punk with a shot of crossover appeal. Fans of Cloud Nothings, The Greys, and Sonic Youth will find plenty on “LP1” to slam into and, as if the power-fuzz of the music weren’t enough, Hanna also snagged Wata and Atsuo (whom he met while on tour in Japan with Asobi Seksu) from Japanese heavy-noise Gods Boris to play on the tracks “Eternal Scene” and “Come Alive,” respectively.
If you can’t be front and center to get your face melted off by Youth Worship’s giant Marshall stacks in a live setting, you can at least feel the noise rumble from their album–an album that takes you to the center of a sweaty, small space and messes up your head in the most explosive way possible. “LP1” with its vitality and heat is the kind of album to listen to, put your face back on afterwards, and try to act normal for once. Oh, and unless you didn’t know, Youth Worship is not a Christian praise band. But if you don’t tell anyone, we won’t either.
The album drops tomorrow on Self Harm Records, but you can stream the album on SoundCloud now, exclusively from Stereo Subversion.