Review: Youthful Dreams Of An Old Empire

Your Favorite Enemies announce debut EP

‘Youthful Dreams of an Old Empire’ is the stunning debut EP from Montreal based sextet Your Favorite Enemies. The EP showcases their blend of alternative, shoegazer, new prog and brooding noise rock, in places reminiscent of The Raveonettes and Crocodiles and lyrically influenced by bands like The Clash, The Ramones and The Cure amongst others.

The band are vocalist Alex Foster, Jeff Beaulieu (guitar), Sef (guitar), Ben Lemelin (bass), Miss Isabel (vocals and keyboard) and Charles “Moose” Allicy (drums). They are fierce human rights advocates who remain dedicated to their old school DIY ethos on which they established the foundations of the band. This includes starting their own label Hopeful Tragedy Records and turning an artsy Catholic Church into their own recording studio where they record all of their own material, including ‘Youthful Dreams of an Old Empire.’

Combining powerful riffs and strong harmonies with frontman Alex Foster’s introspective lyrics, Your Favorite Enemies’ unique fusion of sonic textures show a distinctive social conscience and symbolist type of approach.

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