Blood Youth – Closure

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Blood Youth

Closure - Rude Records

Harrogate, UK four-piece Blood Youth may be fresh on the scene, but they seem to be entering prolific territory.   Following their debut EP, Inside My Head,  the band returns but a quick year later with the four-song follow-up, Closure.  For such a short offering, the EP offers an eclectic mix of the pop-punk meets glowing-neon metalcore typical of such an album cover.   While energetic in nature, the mix fails to settle meaningfully for a unifying message, coming across more like a misaligned tour sampler than a statement of intent.

For starters, opener “Breathe” treads lightly for could serve as an extension of just about any floaty, fluttery indie band.  The song establishes and maintains an overwhelming sense of calm, describable through adjectives such as sleepy, gentle, delicate and somber.  As an introduction, you’d think Blood Youth didn’t have a sharp tooth or prickly bone on their body.  It could have served as an intriguing intro to a similarly themed album.  But then “24/7” gnashes its razor-like teeth, each lyric hitting with a growl and tearing with a chomp.  Power drumming and metalcore breakdowns abound as Kaya Tarsus’ vocally shreds violently through chorus and verse.   Followed by the similarly executed “Mood Swing,” these two tracks mark the weakest and least distinct of anything on the disc.  In other words, they serve as examples of generic and forgettable “medio-core.”  In a case of too little too late, only the title track makes the grade in a skillful balance melodic punk meets harsher tones.  This hybrid of 90’s, EpiFat-esque melodi-punk with the contemporary edge of some of the harder-edged Rise Records fare is where Blood Youth’s true potential lies.  Sadly, such optimism is over as soon as it starts, teasing what could have been.

Taken as a unit, an out of place intro, a mediocre middle, and skillfully hybridized concluding track means that the meat of Closure feels remarkably unbalanced.  The band has stated that the EP’s arc represents the group’s current course and evolution, bringing “closure” to a chapter or personal unrest that at one point may have spelled disaster for the band (aka, stylistic differences with their former vocalist).  If this is the case, and “closure” serves as the example most representative of Blood Youth’s current trajectory, then the quartet may be onto something.  If not, then they will surely become yet another face in the heavily saturated metalcore-lite crowd.