Photo Credit: Jesse Wyllychuk
Regina, SK-based band, Blue Youth have recently dropped their new album, Dead Forever. We spoke with the band in our newest segment of Five Questions With, which you can check out below.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
We’re Blue Youth from Regina, Saskatchewan. Gage McGuire plays guitar and yelps, Jon Wolfond rocks the bass and Garret Matheis keeps time from his drum throne.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
Coming into this band, we didn’t have a specific sound we were going for other than loud, groove-based music, and this is what came of that. Sass Rock (as our friend David Norman of Zegema Beach Records would describe us as). We all come from punk/hardcore backgrounds, so this sort of sound was probably inevitable.
As far as writing goes, we are very jam-orientated. One of us will come with a riff and we’ll just play it out till we get in our groove and then build from there. Lyrics always come after we are satisfied with the structure. We try to have as good of a stand-alone song without lyrics before we are happy with the full product.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
We just had a run of about 5 shows in the last two months in Regina, Saskatoon and Calgary which were all a blast, but we’re taking the rest of the summer off of shows to start writing again and let Gage tour with his other band.
Our live show is basically loud, short snippets of music that we try to keep around 30 minutes so the old guys in the band don’t get too tired. But it’s definitely loud. Earplugs suggested.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Damn. I guess it depends who is asking. Probably (The Worst of it is) You. Or if they were more into heavy music, maybe Succubus.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
KEN mode (new album this summer!), METZ, Life in Vacuum, Adolyne (Saskatchewan Represent!), Andy Shauf (Sasky Represent!), tunic, Botfly… this a hard list. There’s too much good stuff coming out these days!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.