Best known as a founding member/guitarist for acclaimed dream pop/shoegaze outfit Asobi Seksu, James Hanna has taken his music in a new direction with latest project Youth Worship. A powerful trio comprised of Hanna, Will Donnelly and Larry Gorman, debut full-length “LP1” finds the band paying homage to the likes of Sonic Youth and Black Flag.
“When I was a kid if I read that an album had fuzz guitars on it, I had to buy it,” Hanna explains. “When I first saw the word ‘fuzz,’ I didn’t know what it meant, but I knew I had to have it and make it. I learned a lot while making this record by just trying things out. The most important thing for me was that our chemistry and the energy we create when we play together shines through in the recording.”
Youth Worship’s first batch of tunes was released as a cassette-only EP and they’ve expanded their sound — and cranked up the guitars — on the full-length. Opening tandem “Spinners” and “Triggers” sets the tone, and Youth Worship also sizzle on “Come Alive,” “Natural Storm,” “New Rights,” “Less” and punkish closer “Euphoric Recall.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)