Hailing from New Jersey, Youth In Revolt is bringing a bold, new sound in post-hardcore metal music to audiences across the nation. The members, True Arahill (vocals), Kenny Torres (vocals/bass), George Shrouder (guitar), Alex Ramos (guitar), and Scott Baker (drums), have created music that engages listeners with amazing vocal ranges, compelling unclean vocals, and ever-changing melodies.
The perfect song is always on replay. Being an accomplished guitarist is not enough for Shrouder, who would like to learn more about the songwriting process. He explains, “It has nothing to do with structure. It has nothing to do with riffs or chords, or my playing abilities. The secret entity of songwriting that makes a good song is beyond (technical skills) that you have learned. It’s something you have to feel”. A great song has a certain “spark” that defies description, but is consistently present in the best songs. The music of Youth in Revolt features different tempos, electronic elements, and diverse themes to keep songs from becoming repetitive or sounding the same.
Music is an alliance between artist and listener. It provides a connection to the world that keeps people from being isolated. In the song “There for You” lyrics say, “I’ll be there for you/If you’re there for me/I’d take back everything/I’m replaying every word I said/I’ll be there for you/If you’re there for me/I never meant to do those things to you/I’m trying to do the best I can”. At some point, everyone has regretted their actions toward others and finds the only thing left is to make amends. Each person can find an individual significance in the words, but we connect because it is meaningful, in some way, to all of us.
The best artists are music lovers. Shrouder decided in high school that a career in music was his destiny. At a Metallica concert, the moment they took the stage, with lights flashing and guitars blaring, he realized he was not just listening to the music or watching the stage show. For the first time, he actually felt the music. Transferring that emotion to guitar, he plays with a fervor that mirrors his own passion, allowing the audience to feel the music too. Shouder often finds inspiration in music outside the post-hardcore metal genre. Recently, Shrouder has been intrigued by the music of Macklemore, because every song is completely different, while remaining true to the signature sound.
Love is a battlefield. Relationships are a recurrent theme in music, because they are naturally elusive and confusing. From the title track of their EP, Love is a Liar’s Game, the words protest, “Love is a liar’s game/So try your shame/Nobody wins when it’s over/Love is a hopeless case, a nameless face/With every touch growing colder”. Love is a gamble, yet we jump in, knowing the odds of a successful relationship are dismal at best. The song is much like the trials and tribulations of love. It begins with a clear vocal invitation marked by fast-paced lyrics, which quickly leads to a melodic chorus. The following verses are performed with varying intensities of unclean vocals, demonstrating a fast decline from the initial excitement of a new love interest. Just like love, it starts out happy and carefree, ending with pain and misery. Youth in Revolt has also recorded this song in an acoustic version, providing fans with a contrasting pause to the heavier side of their music.
The Jersey Boys rock. The stage show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland was filled with activity. Fans jumped, formed a sizable circle pit, and sang each song with the band. There were no awkward pauses between songs, as Arahill conversed casually with the crowd during breaks. High energy morphed to sweet refrains as the artists of Youth in Revolt moved through their set. I felt happy, sad, and everything in between as the music leads the listener on a journey of sentiments that we can all relate to. Youth in Revolt are currently working on their first full-length album, and will tour in support of the release next spring/summer.