This week Brighton up-and-comers (and Already Heard favourites) The Gospel Youth release their superb second EP – ‘Empires’. It’s five slices of brilliantly well-structured summery pop-rock that needs to be heard.
So having delivered an EP that has won many over, we decided to find out what bands influenced The Gospel Youth whilst writing ‘Empires’. Sam and Julian from the band decided to go one further and give us five albums they consider influences. We have to admit they’ve made some great choices.
The Xcerts – In The Cold We Smile
Julian: I don’t know a single person that has a bad word to say about this band. The way they manage to write insanely catchy songs without being too sickly is an art and something that only a handful of bands can actually pull off. They’ve finally been getting the recognition after their latest release but what I would say to new fans of the band is go back and listen to where it all began with ‘In The Cold We Smile’ because I guarantee it’s better than 99.9% of the albums you’ve heard already. They’ve been around for years but have always released consistently good music which is something we aspire to with The Gospel Youth with ‘Empires’ being our first brick in the wall.
Jimmy Eat World – Futures
Sam: This was actually the hardest one to decide on because how do you narrow down which is your favourite Jimmy Eat World album!? For all of us, despite naming ‘Futures’ as one of our five, it’s actually the band as a whole that we’re picking on. Consistently, release after release, they continue to bring out some of the best songs and showcase their true ability of why they deserve to still be here. This particular album will always have a sweet spot though, as it’s practically soundtracked every moment of my life, from the insanely beautiful moments to the dark places I never wish to visit again, but yeah they’ve been a huge influence on The Gospel Youth.