The ‘curse’ of the Mercury Prize is largely a myth based on Speech Debelle, Gomez and Badly Drawn Boy but nevertheless Young Fathers have made damn sure it doesn’t curse them by very quickly releasing a wonderful new record ‘White Men are Black Men Too’ which far surpasses their prize-winning debut.
On stage, they employ an additional member who starts the set alone by knocking seven bells out of a drum kit as the 3 Young Fathers file on stage. There are no other instruments other than a floor tom which gets a severe battering from Alloysious Massaquoi and a big analog synth rig which “G” Hastings occasionally turns to in order to ramp up the sonic mayhem. Young Fathers rely mainly on vocals and percussion, and they excel on both counts. It’s hard to find reference points, early TV On The Radio perhaps and certainly Massive Attack at their most brittle and urgent but otherwise they’re pretty much out on their own and boy do they know it.
Between songs there is little communication other than a perculiar habit of staring out into the audience, unsmiling…particularly ‘G’ who could challenge Terry » Continue Reading.