Tastemakers: What's Kerrang!'s James Hickie listening to this week?

Tastemakers: What's Kerrang!'s James Hickie listening to this week?

Kerrang!’s James Hickie on Blood Youth’s Beyond Repair

Blood Youth’s is a story highlighting the stubborn power and magnetic draw of music. Vocalist Kaya Tarsus had been in bands since the age of 12, but however hard he chased his dream, it seemed destined to evade him.

Unhappy with his lack of progress, he decided to quit his band at the time, Book Of Job, and relocate from his native Harrogate in North Yorkshire to Barcelona - despite the fact he’d never even visited the Spanish city before.

During this self-imposed exile, Kaya did a series of jobs to distract himself from the passion that had left him so disillusioned, culminating in a role at a telemarketing company, on the first day of which he received an email from ex-Climates guitarist Chris Pritchard, asking if he wanted to join his new band.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Blood Youth’s 2015 EP, Inside My Head, was the sound of Kaya channeling pent-up frustration and relief into his art - its lyrics coming directly from the diaries he kept during his time in Barcelona.

This year’s full length debut, Beyond Repair - out now on Rude Networks), is the sound of a band living their dream and showcasing their enviable musical chemistry

As you’d expect from a hardcore record about the ways in which we deal with anger - Making Waves is about reliance on alcohol - it makes for a raucous, bruising listen, albeit one shot through with marvellous melodies.

James Hickie (@hickiemouse)
Writer, Kerrang!

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