It is never too late to go in a new direction, especially when you know it is the right one. And as so often before these groundbreaking decisions, you are wandering around aimlessly, torn and often broken in a world full of (im)possibilities. It wasn't quite so hopeless with the new Munich band YOUTH OKAY and yet they were damn close.
After 8 years in the music business, during which they not only gained a lot of live experience with their predecessor band Naked Superhero at well over 300 concerts, but also a respectable fan base, creatively everything was said. The 6 young guys from Munich were stuck in the notorious dead end and decided without further ado to completely delete the already recorded songs for a new album and start all over again. Without knowing where exactly this one is in front. Vocalist Daniel Fahrländer can't remember exactly who gave the impulse, but when all of a sudden they were running over the effects units, it sounded wicked. We freaked out in the rehearsal room. "By "things" he means the trumpet and trombone, which always had a fixed place in the band's construction, but due to the alienation of the effect devices were suddenly recognizable as a unique selling point. The new sound, which YOUTH OKAY themselves call Alternative BrassFX, was born and inspired. In the midst of the euphoria of departure, Daniel draws inspiration from an incident in his closest family environment: depression that has completely turned a life around. The death of his mother a few years ago prompts him to put his innermost thoughts of recent years on paper once again and thus casually sketch out the content concept for TURNS: In times of trivial pop music and emotional superficiality the band has something to say on their debut album, goes emotionally deep, dares to inflict painful and uncomfortable truths and dares to take the listeners on a journey out of their comfort zone, if not to carry them along. In a courageous way, YOUTH OKAY show a special feeling when it comes to telling stories. The result Honest, profound, urgent and euphoric alternatives and punk anthems, cast in shape by none other than Sebastian Hafner (ITCHY) who has given the band the necessary pressure for a new start.
Besides politically and socially current topics like migration or environmental pollution, their focus is on dealing with personal, emotional challenges. In doing so, YOUTH OKAY do not denounce or demonize, but try to help and show possible ways out. For the new album they work hand in hand with aid institutions for mentally ill people and want to de-taboo this alleged stigma, which has meanwhile reached the big middle of society. You're not alone, so the message is, there is a way out, if we stand together, the tone of the content as well as the music itself will convey. And so it is sung about, even commonly conjured up, the high after an interim valley, the hope for better times and for a togetherness instead of a conflict.
YOUTH OKAY dare the adventure and with their newly conceived alternative rock, which pulls, sweats and breathes, with these deeply convinced lyrics and brass instruments, which seem like synthesizers, they are definitely on the right track. The first new concerts are in the starting blocks and the live qualities, with the strong new songs and the energy of departure, will once again provide the boys with completely new possibilities in 2020. That's the point: Everything is always possible. You just have to do it.