Oregon hardcore and punk quartet Young Turks are back with an all-new four-song EP titled “Where I Rise,” the highly anticipated follow-up to the band’s debut full-length “Where I Lie.” Though this is the sort of release one might expect from Asian Man or Fat Wreck, or even from Revelation or Deathwish Inc., the Young Turks are releasing this EP with Animal Style Records on 7” vinyl and digital download. And, having listened to the EP a handful of times already, I can say that the Turks remain true to their humble beginnings for “Where I Rise,” with four fierce and excellently pieced-together tracks marked by the band's unmistakable blend of full-throttle punk and early hardcore, and with their decision to commit the songs to the format to which this kind of music belongs. True punk and hardcore music, such as the songs which comprise "Where I Rise," is meant to be pressed to 7" platters. Full-length albums, of course, are an entirely different matter and usually better of on compact disc.
Serving as the next chapter in the story of the Young Turks, Koenig’s lyrical content for “Where I Rise” suggests that this time they are quite naturally moving on from the heartbreaking, soul-crushing feelings brought about by betrayal, loss and hopelessness, to the little inner triumphs which aid one in surviving such things, to finding stability by degrees in all the confusion and hurt. Saturated by deeper meaning, the personal subject matter of this record acts as a sort of counterbalance to the heaviness of the music and its undeniable edge. And though the music at times is fast and fluid, and at others heavy and jagged, it is almost always catchy and full of indisputable talent and inspiration. Short, fast and loud: the sort of songs for which punks and hardcore fans have long held so much unbridled respect and appreciation.
Young Turks’ “Where I Rise” on Animal Style Records is concrete testimony that this band is a credit to the new set of punk and hardcore bands. So much so that it would certainly make the bands from which they derive their influences more than a little proud; influences like Propagandhi, Kid Dynamite, and Good Riddance. And although Young Turks’ sound has received comparisons to American Nightmare, Comeback Kid, Shipwreck AD, and Hope Conspiracy, they definitely also hold a good deal in common with the aforementioned influences. Not a bad lot to be associated with, to be sure.
“Where I Rise” by Young Turks is scheduled for a November 5, 2013 release through Animal Style Records. At which time it will be available on both 7” vinyl and digital download. Enjoy!
For fans of: Night Birds, Deep Sleep, Propagandhi, American Nightmare, etc.