Young Fathers are coming to MENT 2018!
Guess what… This is happening!
Young Fathers @ MENT Ljubljana 2018
“In 2017, Young Fathers sound like no one else — in the most brutal and brilliant way possible.”
RICK PEARSON, EVENING STANDARD on the Young Fathers’ closing gig at Meltdown Festival, curated by M.I.A.
Young Fathers are G Hastings from Edinburgh, Alloysious Massaquoi from Liberia and Kayus Bankole, who was born in Edinburgh to Nigerian parents and grew up for a short while in the USA. Their music is as varied as their geographic origin. They’ve often been called the weirdos of hip-hop, which they successfully cross with indie rock, RnB and pop influences.
They first met at the notorious Bongo Club in Edinburgh, at hip-hop nights for the under-16s. Their first recording attempts were characterized by an old karaoke machine, then a couple of years later, the Anticon label, specialising in leftfield hip-hop, discovered them online and officially released their first two mixtapes, “TAPE ONE” and “TAPE TWO”. A year later, in 2014, their debut album “Dead” followed, winning them the acclaimed Mercury Music Prize. The Line of Best Fit described the album as “one of the most staggeringly exciting sounds of recent years.” The very next year, they released “White Men Are Black Men Too”, containing their biggest hit so far, the anthemic Shame. At the same time, their second album developed their sound even further, or, as stated by the Independent: “[it] has less to do, musically, with traditional American hip-hop than it does with a European indie sensibility grounded in krautrock, electropop and avant-rock.”
Later they were invited by Massive Attack to collaborate on the track Voodoo in My Blood and join them on a tour of England and Europe. The soundtrack to the January 2017 film T2 Trainspotting includes no fewer than six of their songs, and in the end of October, the band announced their third album with the brand new track Lord. To wrap up our invitation to the concert, here’s a quote by Cai Trefor for Gigwise about Young Fathers’ concert at the world-famous Rough Trade Store in June: “The best live band in Britain today? There’s certainly an argument for it.”