Youth Group will release ‘Australian Halloween’, their first album in 10 years, in October.
Youth Group’s Toby Martin wrote the song ‘Cusp’ about Brexit for the album less than a year after relocating to the UK.
“‘Cusp’ is really about me moving to England and the Brexit referendum and how claustrophobic it felt around that time. On one hand it was personally exciting to move to a new country and have a fresh start, but there’s also a sarcasm to it, y’know being on the “cusp of something”. Especially at the time of Brexit and how shit that all seemed. This idea of cheering for England and making it great again. The town I lived in was very mixed politically. I’d always been in this very inner-west Sydney bubble and all of a sudden I was living next to people with very different ideas about the world to me. If I wasn’t living there, I would’ve been mystified by Brexit or how Trump happened, but having lived there I’m like, “Oh I get it. I know what they’re thinking now.” It’s good for you, but also a shock.”
‘Australian Halloween’ was recorded in Sydney with producer Wayne Connolly. The album will be released on 11 October. Youth Group will do live shows in November.
Youth Group dates
Friday 8 November
Northcote Social Club | Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15 November
The Foundry | Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16 November
The Lansdowne Hotel | Sydney, NSW