Review – Young Manics

By: Amanda Hather

Album – Solidarity Songs
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Release Date – August 28th, 2013
Genre – Alternative Rock

Alternative rock band Young Manics, a four piece band including Aaron Hickey (guitar, vocals), Pete Collins (bass, vocals), James Greene (guitar), and Andrew Small (drums), are from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Formed in 2008, the independent band released their debut album in 2013. “Solidarity Songs”, an 11 track release, is definitely a solid debut album and very impressive coming from an unsigned band.

Songs that you should definitely listen to if you think you may want to buy this album are “Go For A Ride”, “Solidarity Song”, “Immunized”, “Crisis”, and “Courageous Ones”. It’s hard to narrow it down to even five songs, but those songs would give you a good idea as to how the rest of the album sounds. Although there are a couple of songs that I don’t particularly like, this album is one of the best that I’ve listened to in a while.

Overall this album is fantastic. There is a good mix of slower songs, louder songs, quieter songs, whatever kind of song you want, you can find it on this album. You won’t regret checking out this band.

Rating: 5/5

Young Manics on social media:

I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.

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