Young Lions want you to know that you are not weak.
Yesterday – Thursday, September 13th – was R U OK? Day. I’m personally wary of said day, as people often use to act morally superior about how they’re all such nice people for suddenly asking their mates if they’re okay on this one particular day of the year. Look, if your friends aren’t doing well, or if you haven’t heard from them in a while, then maybe reach out to them – at any point in time. Don’t use one internationally recognised day as the only time to start the conversation of mental illness with your pals: do it whenever you can and look out for one another. Cool? Cool!
Of course, the intent behind R U OK? Day is noble. To keep the discussion of mental illness forever public and to ensure there’s some incentive of empathy towards family and friends and how they are or aren’t coping lately. Which is also the overall sentiment of this new Young Lions track. Just as singer Zach Britt screams “Just call me when you’re scared of yourself“, it’s to let anyone know that you’re not at all weak for asking for help when you’re at your lowest. Released on R U OK? Day, it’s all about extending a helping hand whenever necessary and also knowing when to ask for that support yourself. That there are so many tools out there to help you get better when you really need it, you just need to know that you aren’t a lesser person for seeking such help.
Compared to the soaring, cosmic alt-rock sounds of 2017’s ‘Mr. Spaceman‘ LP, this is a much drier and pulled back take for the band sonically. Yet it’s not a lesser version of their music for doing so. It’s simply a redirection of the band’s spacious, uplifting songwriting. As ‘HELP.‘ still carries the Aussie quartet’s keen ear for sweet hooks, raw emotion, well-defined chords and instrumentals, and those sky-high choruses that people expect from Young Lions by now. Check it all out below via Triple J Unearthed!
PC: Breakdown Production. Catch Young Lions on the following live dates!
Friday, Sept 14th – Sooki Lounge – Belgrave – with Bad Juju and Lake Mountain
Saturday, Sept 15th – Northcote Social – Melbourne – with Bad Juju, Maefire and Lake Mountain
Thursday, Sept 20th – Rocket Bar – Adelaide – with After Change, Glass Tides and Dream Season
Saturday, Sept 22nd – The Landsdowne – Sydney – with Far Away Stables, St Joan and Hatakaze
Wednesday, Sept 26th – RAD Bar – Wooloongong – with OK Hotel, St Joan and Sky Pilot
Thursday, Sept 27th – Molo Live – Canberra – with Highview, St Joan and Mach 81
Saturday, Sept 29th – The Zoo – Brisbane – with Baskervillian, Beneb and Baby Shoes