Young Mammals

Young Mammals, "Confetti" (DOWNLOAD)

Sorry that I haven't been posting lately! I've been in Chicago for the last few days visiting a friend & participating in Girls Rock! Chicago's annual Ladies Rock Camp (which was an all-around awesome experience! I came home totally not in the mood to do my day job, but feeling motivated to keep playing my guitar for the first time in years.)

Anyway, I also came home to an e-mail about the band Young Mammals, a quartet out of Houston, TX, who are touring in support of their album Carrots this summer. (You can check out a complete list of tour dates here -- they'll be playing at the Happy Dog in Cleveland on July 2nd with Prisoners.)

I feel like lately there has sort of been this glut of fuzzy pop music and I've got to say that that's just fine with me. Young Mammals fit well with a lot of the new music I've been enjoying lately -- groups like Cloud Nothings, Fungi Girls, Smith Westerns, etc. I'm a sucker for a catchy pop song with a lo-fi vibe and Carrots offers up more than its fair share of those. The album opener, "Carrots" reminds me of Animal Collective's "Peacebone" with it's driving mix of straightforward pop melodies mixed with less conventional, almost dissonant moments (and, of course, some yelping vocals and a build of frenzied guitar sounds.) I also really liked "Dragon Wagon" and "Wires and Buttons."

You can stream the first three tracks from Carrots here & view a complete list of your dates for young Mammals here. I'm so glad that Mike e-mailed me about Young Mammals, I'll definitely be checking them out at the Happy Dog this July! As always, if you have something you want me to hear, send me an e-mail at

Young Mammals, "Confetti" (DOWNLOAD)


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