It was this time last year when RVA Mag checked in with Richmond’s Young Scum for our Spring 2017 issue, where the band gave us the lowdown on their humble beginnings with their debut EP Autumn August and their follow-up record, Zona, a summertime-esque collection of poppy lullabies, and how they started working with local label, Citrus City Records.
The jangly pop four-piece, who has steadily entertained us with their melancholy indie pop and bouncy bass lines, has been toiling away on their first full-length self-titled LP, which is due out via Citrus City July 6. And for your listening pleasure, Young Scum has kindly let RVA Mag exclusively get a preview of what’s to come with the new album with the track, “Wasting Time.”
Hazy, but still coming with that same jangle pop vibe of their last record, “Wasting Time” is the perfect tune for cracking open a cold one this summer, kicking off your shoes and dancing. According to the band, which consists of vocalist/guitarist Chris Smith, bassist Brian Dove, guitarist Ben Medcalf, and new drummer Caleb Knight, the single and new LP wallows in the feeling of fleeting time and attempting to hold on to those special moments while you still can.
“Getting old is inevitable. And in the latter half of your 20s, it begins to finally set in. things that you once enjoyed now seem like a waste of time, a reminder of how little time you have,” the band said in a statement.
The forthcoming eight-track LP aims to get you on your feet grooving to their power pop tunes, and maybe crying a little bit, with relatable catchy songs that deal with losing friends, having shitty jobs, and what’s to come in your future.
“Wasting Time” and Smith’s light vocals are just the thing we need as we head into summer because well, “adulting” is hard and we need to forget about all the day to day shit, and be a little more carefree like we were when we were young.
Young Scum recorded the LP behind Hardywood in Talen Falen’s practice space last fall and after a few tweaks here and there, some re-recording at Smith and backing vocalist Ali Mislowsky’s house, and mixing and mastering by Mitch Clem, the band’s debut full-length had come to fruition.
The band is planning to hit the road for a small tour this fall to promote the album, but you can catch them on May 25 at Strange Matter with Blueberry, Minor Poet, and Moniker. And make sure to keep your eyes peeled on RVA Mag for an in-depth story on their upcoming self-titled release.
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