by Alyse Horn
They’ll only be in the city at Boot & Saddle for one night on September 10th, but in that time frame The Young will perform and promote this week’s release, Chrome Cactus.
Frontman Hans Zimmerman says he is always thinking of new content to produce, and had the name for the current album almost immediately after the band came out with their previous album, Dub Egg. “That popped into my head and I really attached to it from the beginning, and I thought, ‘This will be the next record.'”
Compared to the bands last album, Chrome Cactus takes of a different time win “heavier” issues like dealing with death and loss. Zimmerman says Dub Egg had such issues buried in the lyrics, but is more “poppy and positive”, while Chrome Cactus is “more direct” lyrically.
The Young also recently replaced their bass guitarists, but the change wasn’t too drastic as he was already a friend of the band. Zimmerman says Lucas Wedow actually went on tour with The Young in 2010 and filled in for a few shows that their bassist at the time could not attend.
“Bass player aside, the core band has been playing together since 2007,” Zimmerman says.
They started playing as a “shitty punk band” in their hometown Austin, Texas under the name Women in Prison, and over the years have evolved into The Young.
“We love Philly and we’re excited to [come] back and have a good time,” Zimmerman says.