Photo credit Robin Christian
Announce European Tour
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‘The Bridge’ 7″ due 15th January via Upset The Rhythm
Sauna Youth are excited to announce their first European tour early next year, visiting France, Spain, Belgium and Holland, as well as UK dates in Brighton and London:
27th January – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s w/ Soft Walls, The Glugg
28th January – Rennes, France – Bar’Hic
29th January – Bordeaux, France – TBC
30th January – San Sebastian, Spain – Lurrazpiko Festa
31st January – Madrid, Spain – Wurlitzer Ballroom
1st February – Zaragoza, Spain – La Lata de Bombillas
2nd February – Barcelona, Spain – Heliogabal
3rd February – Toulouse, France – Le Rabelin
4th February – Antwerp, Belgium – Music City
5th February – Leiden, Holland – CAB03
6th February – Amsterdam, Holland – Pacific Parc
7th February – Rotterdam, Holland – TBC
13th February – London, UK – The Forge “The Bridge” 7” release party
New single ‘The Bridge’ will also be released as a 7″ single on 15th January via Upset The Rhythm (preorder) – watch the Pan’s People-inspired video below:
Sauna Youth – The Bridge
Director Maria Cecilia Tedemalm worked with the band and a choreographer to plan the routine, using a mixture of professional dancers and friends in the final performance. She explains, “I think the best part of planning the video was when me, Rich and Jen [of Sauna Youth] tried to learn the electric slide in their livingroom! There had been no rehearsals before the shoot and so a lot of the shots where improvised on the day. I like how the usual “polished” look of a choreographed dance video is paired with a punk song and a gritty aesthetic.”
She adds, “Rich and I begrudgingly walked around every single shop in Westfield [shopping centre] for two hours but couldn’t find any shorts in our price range, so we ended up buying everyone’s outfits online and they only just arrived the day before the shoot. You can’t see it in the video, but the shorts all have a weird mesh panel in the crotch… it was quite hot in the studio so I think the dancers where quite thankful for that in the end!”
About Sauna Youth:
An evolving band of future humans making truly irregular punk not quite comparable to anything else. ‘Weird’ is a meaningless platitude, and ‘art punk’ is a classifier that shouldn’t be required.
Having started out in 2009 in Brighton, Sauna Youth ended up moving to London and changing line up to its current constellation in 2011. Attracted to the possibilities apparent within a DIY philosophy, the band self-recorded and self-released their own music until the release of their first LP, Dreamlands on Faux Discx/Gringo Records in 2012, creating a number of seven inches, splits and cassettes.
Comprised of Richard Phoenix (drums, vocals), Lindsay Corstorphine (guitar), Jen Calleja (vocals, sampler) and Christopher Murphy (bass), the band has naturally developed its sound in the three years since Dreamlands and is now in its ultimate form. All four members are also the band Monotony, which they formed while writing Distractions in 2014. Both Sauna Youth and Monotony have recorded numerousBBC 6 Music sessions for Marc Riley as well as appearing on his All Shook Upprogramme, and were invited to play DRILL Festival by Wire. As well as playing in Monotony, members of Sauna Youth are also in the bands Tense Men, Primitive Parts, Feature and Cold Pumas.
They’ve previously played with Sheer Mag, Pissed Jeans, Thee Oh Sees, Ceremony, Ty Segall and Protomartyr and have played at both Liverpool and Oslo Psych Fests. They have plans for a US tour later in the year.
Praise for Distractions:
‘Art-punk quartet party like it’s 1979. The second album form this London quartet could quite easily be passed off as a neglected late-70’s post-punk classic: a riot of finger-bleeding eight-to-the-bar basslines, clumpy drums, Wire-like guitar angularity and unexpectedly odd chord shifts. But there’s a freshness and artiness to this sound that transcends mere pastiche…. moreover, the boy/girl vocals sound both ecstatically thuggish and eerily genderless.’ –Uncut
‘Distractions is one addictive rush of spiky DIY energy. Sharing their artful simplicity and amphetamine’d urgency with first wave trailblazers Wire, Alternative TV and the Fall, sauna Youth take punk back to it’s ‘no rules’ roots and make it dance to their own tune’ – MOJO
’14 tracks of art-damaged pop-punk…a smart pink outfit with literary proclivities who haven’t forgotten how to have a good time.’ – Loud and Quiet
‘… corset-tight rapid-fire punk fury, all Gang of Several slashing guitar, growling Hooky bass and men marching to bust up your life. Thats just the sound , never mind the lyrics. More bottle than a recycling plant.’ – Record Collector
‘a total thrill ride’ – The Quietus