After announcing the release of their third album, Chrome Cactus, the Young directed both fans and newcomers alike to a mixtape they made as a way of reintroducing themselves. A quick glance at the mix’s track listing–ZZ Top, the Byrds, Thin Lizzy, Crazy Horse–gives you a good primer on the Austin band’s sound. Taking elements of country, hard rock, and psychedelia, the Young have flown somewhat under-the-radar since their inception, but that didn’t stop venerable indie imprint Matador–home to like-minded guitar shredders like Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, and Yo La Tengo–from signing them after album number one.
Their second effort, 2012’s Dub Egg, was self-produced, recorded by the band out in the Texas Hill Country, but for Chrome Cactus, the Young opted for a harder sound. Songs like “Cry of Tin” attempt to unite headbangers and acid-heads alike: the guitars are hard-edged, but frontman Hans Zimmerman gleefully croons above the sonic stew.
Catch The Young’s record release show tonight at Hotel Vegas, starting at 9 p.m.