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Synths, love and Young London

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At 17 years old I reached out to New Hampshire metal gods And Then There Were None to come play a show at a incredibly small teen center in Peterborough, New Hampshire, which to my surprise they accepted. The band I was playing in at the time was still new, this would be our fifth show, and the turn out was more than embarrassing. However two lasting things stood out to me that night. One, the intensity the band brought that night was proof you don't need a crowd to feed off of when you are a true performer. Two, Matt Rhoades was one of the most genuine and humble guys I had met in the scene, and still is to this day. While he could've been irritated with the 40 minute drive to play to about 15 kids, 5 of which were members of my band, he wasn't, he even made jokes about the intimacy of the show during ATTWN's set. Post set, he sat and chatted with me and my band mates about our songs, said what he liked, gave feed back for a good 30 minutes.

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Anyone who remembers those days can probably recall the shock when ATTWN hung up their metal sound and coined a new term and direction, "Techno Rock." While I've always been a fan of that edgier side of techno I think Matt's personality that night had a lasting impression on me, so I wasn't nearly as mad or offended as a lot of the online commenters about their exodus from the metal scene. Trust me, I miss the metal days and still jam to "The Hope We Forgot Exists", but I was never angered over the transition. I've continued to follow Matt's career since then, which leads us to Young London. What Matt and Sarah have created is an amazing sound that is irresistibly contagious and an all around feel good time.

The Electro-Pop duo carry songs with their incredible and commanding singing voices over epic synth lines and heavy bass drops. If i had just two words to describe Young London they would be "Pop Genius". Picture creating the most perfect songs, adding in dance beats to make the songs play better live and/or in clubs and you have Young London. The songs are often based around love and can warm even the coldest of hearts, but thats probably the point of pop music in general. It's no surprise that in 2012 The Boston Phoenix named them one of the best new Boston bands. But please don't just take our words for it, check the band out on Facebook and like the page.

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