Live Record: Youth

Youth – Live from the Banana Stand is now available, and is your only opportunity to hear the live sound of this terrific band. Check it out!


Editors note: This post was written March 20th, 2012. A little less than one month later, Youth broke up. Youth – Live from the Banana Stand is now your only opportunity to hear the live sound of this terrific band. Be sure you do!


Thoroughly charming, immediately and ever since. That’s been our feeling about Portland’s surf-rock darlings following their show here at Banana Stand in late 2011.


After becoming hooked on their excellent, Badlands-produced June EP, and noting the acclaim they had received from the scene’s best and brightest, we knew this was a group we wanted to document immediately. Our timing couldn’t have been better. Fresh off of Typhoon’s BFF Tour 2011, Youth delivered a phenomenal performance in their Portland-return show. Later, given Alex Arrowsmith’s mixing and mastering attentions, that performance became one of my favorite albums to come out of the Banana Stand live series.


I expect it to be a favorite for some time to come. As I wrote for our friends at ElevenPDX:

“…beautifully reverb-y, affecting, and approachable … [Youth’s] arresting songs lend a modern, Northwestern bent to a timeless sound, and feel perfect for watching a Pacific sunset by the campfire. Watch for them in 2012.”

We’re expecting big things from this band. After you get to know this fantastic live album, you will too. Please give it a listen. Download it if you like it. If you really dig it, please donate some money using the “Download” link above. All proceeds go to support the band, our mixer Alex Arrowsmith and Banana Stand’s continued activities. -L


Youth – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on November 19th, 2011 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered by Alex Arrowsmith. Brian David Smith handled design and layout for album art, which includes original photography from various ‘Standers and the original show poster, also by Brian. The Banana Stand would like to thank Youth (Maggie, Elec, Stephen and Matt), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.


Find more from Youth on Bandcamp, Facebook and Twitter.