Written by CHRISTINA MAMMONE
Artist: Stolen Youth
Album: Dark Century
Despite the fact they’ve been together for 11 years, Stolen Youth are just getting warmed up. Their latest album, Dark Century, is testament to the hard work that a band has to put in, to get a great sounding album. With an amazing assault on the senses from the first song, Dark Century will leave its listeners with a grin on their face.
The music has “that punk feel” that is unique to Australian bands, and their Aussie roots are well defined, even though the album is produced by New Yorker Alan Douches. The lyrics are full of political questioning that is relevant to Australian listeners. This album I was filled with the idea of change and how this affects everything around it.
Sean McLoughlin’s voice is momentous. It’s raw and powerful like any punk singer, but he’s able to slide with ease into the screaming sections of the songs that will make your jaw drop. Because the music is so tight, his voice is able to fit into it easily.
In this time when music is so politically driven, Stolen Youth have definitely made a statement with Dark Century. The music and quality of writing are impeccable and it is an exceptional album proving that the Australian and Adelaide music scenes are in top shape.
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