Release: Open Up Records, 2012
When a band puts a strong demo out, expections are high for a possible upcoming record and the word gets spread fast. Im talking about Nottingham’s own FERAL YOUTH Demo, out last february.
I sent a few questions to their singer - Louis - and this is what we got:
1. WITH SUCH AN EXCITING DEMO, WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE RECORDING PROCESS? HOW IT ALL BEGAN, GATHERING ALL THE MEMBERS AND SHIT?
The recording process was super cool because we got to record it with our friend Boulty at Stuck On A Name Studios in Nottingham and he's a really great guy to work with and we're all so pleased with how it turned out (bigups to him).
The initial idea to form a band came about ages ago with me and our guitar player Elliot. We wrote some kinda hard style stuff a while ago and we'd always flirted with the idea of making a hardcore band. We would just sit in my bedroom writing jams together for weeks but then we started writing more youth crew(ish) stuff. We got our friend Pete to drum for us. We've all been real close friends for years and I've been in a couple of bands with him before so it made sense for us to get him involved I guess. I had to play the bass parts because our old bass player, Marcus, left before we recorded the demo. You should check out his band Think Twice (who are probably one of the best UK bands right now).
We have a new bassist now named Ed and we all click real well so I guess we just vibe off each other when we write.
Sorry for the long ass answer, I kinda wrote an essay haha.
2. UK LOST 2 TOP QUALITY HARDCORE REPRESENTATIVES LAST YEAR, DEAL WITH IT AND WARDOGS, AS WELL AS THE LABEL DEAD & GONE. DO YOU THINK THE UK “SCENE” LOSES FROM IT AT THE SAME TIME INSPIRES NEW BANDS TO COME UP AND FILL THE GAPS?
I think it's a bit of both really! I was really into both of those bands and we travelled to Kent for their last show which was great but it was kinda sad to see bands you're into split up.
I think UK hardcore is in a really healthy state though currently. The ratio of bands being formed compared to bands calling it quits is super high so it definitely feels as though the scene is growing.
3. CAN YOU NAME OTHER BANDS THAT ARE WORTH CHECKING FROM YOUR AREA (OR EVERYWHERE ELSE)?
Yeah man, check out these Nottingham bands: Think Twice, Splitcase, Burnt Earth. I also have a new band called Bleak Reality (demo coming soon).
Listen to Iron Curtain, Speak Up, Make The Effort, Abolition, Violent Reaction, Inherit, Final Rage, Breaking Point, Broken Teeth, Survival, Wayfarer etcetera. The list goes on. These are all great UK bands.
4. NOTTINGHAM IS GOOD AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR?
Yeah man it's okay I guess, the weather sucks but that's England. There's always a lot of shows happening, I'm actually on the way to see Nibiru, Anguish and Forsaken right now at the studio we recorded in. Should be sweet!
5. WHAT CAN ME EXPECT FROM FERAL YOUTH FOR 2012/2013?
We're doing a UK tour from 31st July onwards with another UK band called Your Move (check them out). We also may or may not have a label to release a 7inch in September time. As of 2013 who knows?!
6. THANKS FOR YOU TIME AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! ANY SHOUT OUTS?
Thanks for the interview man, it was cool. Sorry I took such a long time with it.
Shout out to Ian Boult, Think Twice, Lukasz Targosz (xveganxjusticex on YouTube), The Robin Hood Collective, Nottingham Hardcore, Jonny Pipes at Rage!, All the guys at Open Up Records and anyone else we missed.