22nd March | Trinity
They seemed to miraculously explode into notoriety, following the release of their debut album Dead, and go on to win a Mercury Music Prize, running out of printed CDs in an age where no one buys them; Young Fathers have enjoyed a snowballing career. They went on to support Massive Attack and collaborate on the track ‘Voodoo In My Blood’ before finding themselves providing a batch of tunes for the Trainspotting sequel. On 17th January this year, they released their third album, Cocoa Sugar. Their national tour brings that new material to Bristol this Thursday.
The music comprises of the parallel force of a heavy rhythmic underbelly and their trio of voices. While there are some almost choral sections, the piercing point at the tip of the songs is the passionate and evocative narrative made up by the lyrics. Songs like ‘War’ really kick you in the gut with their conviction and stark imagery.
With relaying vocal duties and the occasional doubling up on key phrases, they are somewhat reminiscent of more old-school talents like The Wu-Tang Clan or even the Beastie Boys. The smooth grooves in tracks like ‘Get Up’ show them to be merely more than a hip-hop diatribe over beat loops. Although they take a back seat, the interwoven compositions and subtle samples make the music feel more organic and infectious. In the comparison to many other artists in the genre, here we see passion rather than anger, and confidence rather than arrogance.
See the video for ‘In My View’ here: