This song from Brooklyn’s Cult of Youth is so perfectly named, it’s scary. From the moment its galloping drums and vibrating bass guitar begin, I picture some great movement toward new horizons, complete with stagecoaches and covered wagons, horses and dusty trails. And yet Cult of Youth was born out of lead singer and founder Sean Ragon’s love of post-industrial music — the blending of previous styles, mostly the rock and electronic varieties, that took firm hold in the 80’s — and culture.
Ragon’s voice is somewhat abrasive and sometimes strained, but it fits perfectly with the energy of CoY’s music. Ragon added Micki Pellerano on bass, machinist drummer Glenn Maryanski, and violinist Christiana Key for this record. As a fully-formed band, CoY is all about yearning. Reaching. For something other than practiced cool or indifference. It’s all about dark, raw, powerful energy. For a better taste of that, check out “Lace Up Your Boots” below as well. Cult of Youth is out now on the wonderful Sacred Bones Records.