ALL The Young have been touted as everything from the future of rock to this year’s Viva Brother.
So, as they return to Sheffield for a Saturday night at Plug with their album Welcome Home, David Dunn grilled frontman Ryan Dooley.
Us: It’s been a decent year for the band so far. Did you have an idea of where you wanted to be at this point?
Ryan: We’re pretty much doing what we’ve always wanted to do now. There are lots of people at the shows and lots of people have bought the record and enjoy it. It’s exactly where we want to be.
Us: No-one can accuse the band of not pulling its weight tour-wise. Do you feel live is where the battle will be won seeing as the radio is filled with Gaga’s gang?
Ryan: Absolutely. We always say that your live show should be a notch up from your record. There’s the odd little instrument on our album that isn’t in our live show but the intensity more than makes up for it. We change songs slightly for live shows and make them longer (and louder).
Us: The album has a big sound but does reflect Britpop’s finer moments. What would you say you looked for when you went into the studio?
Ryan: As kids growing up we had some pretty heroic records to listen to. Albums like Morning Glory and Urban Hymns were such good messages for young people. It was about dusting yourself off and getting on with life and I think that stance has been engrained in us. Music should set you free.
Us: The tribal factor in music seems to have dwindled since Oasis clocked out. ATY seem to be reviving that. Would you agree? Are you providing a service?
Ryan: We’re not providing A & E for Oasis fans. We are our own band and if you saw us live you wouldn’t liken us to that so much. Oasis changed everything, not just for us but for millions everywhere. They were a huge influence, but so were the Manics and the Verve. We just want to be known as an honest band who write songs that speak to people. That’s beginning to take shape
Us: You’re coming back to Sheffield. It seems your last experience here went well. Any towns you fear?
Ryan: When you come from Stoke-on-Trent and live where I do you fear nobody. Ha ha. We’ll tip up and play anywhere as long as there’s people watching us and enjoying what we do. Bring it on!