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Your Demise - The Golden Age

UK’s finest take the modern punk rock sound and stick a rocket up its arse.

‘The Golden Age’ is the fourth album from British hardcore punks Your Demise and the follow up to 2010’s ‘The Kids We Used To Be’. Hailing from Brighton, the band have been a firm fixture in the UK’s basement hardcore scene since they started out in 2005, but this latest record is set to launch them into new territory.

Before the release of their last record, the five-piece were faced with the loss of vocalist George Noble and subsequently tasked with welcoming new frontman Ed McRae, formerly of Centurion, into the family. But then they delivered a cracking album and stormed the festival circuit with slots at Download and Reading and Leeds.

It was during this touring period that the band began to write this valiant 11-track offering. No prizes for guessing why this lot maintain such a hard-working reputation. Long-time supporters will agree it’s about time they reached the next level. And with Ed declaring ‘The Golden Age is coming and there’s nothing you can do,’ in the title track and opener, their stage is set.

Upping their game with a diverse and thought-out record, YD have taken the modern punk rock sound and stuck a rocket up its arse. Their unique sound showcases a successful blend of five individuals’ tastes and influences. With hearty pop-punk sitting alongside hardcore at its most ballsy, there’s an underlining energy which holds this whole record together. Switching between styles is second nature and suggests they have real staying power.

“The Golden Age is the most accurate depiction ever of who we are as a band and as people,” says the vocalist. “If we could have written an album like this from the beginning then we would have.”

You only have to read the long list of guest appearances to understand the levels of respect this band have from their peers. And vocals from You Me At Six’s Josh Franceschi, on ‘A Decade Drifting’, will only aid YD’s push into mainstream perspective. letive.’s Jason Butler and Terror vocalist David Wood also lend their skills to proceedings.

Following the release of ‘The Golden Age’, 2012 will see Your Demise head up the Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour throughout the UK in April, before stints in Australia, Europe and North America. You can also expect to see them tearing up some more summer festivals and generally kicking ass within the hardcore scene and beyond.

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