All The Young are back on the rise with April’s single ‘Forever’ the scintillating start to a new catalogue of material.
It feels right to start this review a number of years ago - ten years, to be precise. The Stoke-on-Trent outfit released their debut album Welcome Home on the 22nd of April 2012 and it feels poignant that the band start this new chapter a decade on with their latest guitar driven anthem.
On release, the boys’ album, recorded by Garth Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Rage Against the Machine) and mixed by Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Foo Fighters) – debuted at number 41 in the UK Albums Chart, then peaking at number 32. Radio X also selected it as one of 2012’s best albums and the group’s music was used multiple times on TV (Sky Sports coverage and BBC Panorama being notable clients).
Yet, for a time it seemed All The Young’s experience in the industry ran parallel with the modern plight of a rock and roll band. When flung into the limelight in the early 2010’s, the band seemed to be on the forefront of their craft. However, as is the nature of the everchanging music climate – their self-professed “Stella-soaked chords and hope fuelled cries of abandon” perhaps fell on deaf ears.
Now, after fleeting releases in 2020 and 2019 respectively – Stoke’s finest are back on track with ‘Forever’. Born out of the darkness of the global pandemic, this track is a blinding, scorching light in contrast. With blazing guitar tones reminiscent of The Stone Roses this anthem is sure to resonate. Frontman Ryan Dooley says that ‘Forever’ is “a song about waiting. It’s about doing things that you hate in hope that you’ll get the chance to do what you love again.”
After the countless lockdowns, the band look to be doing what they love again with a new, reinvigorated spirit. Following the completion of a sell-out UK mini tour in 2021, the band signed to Scruff of the Neck Records and began work on their second album. Due out in October this year, it’s hotly anticipated but fans won’t have to wait too long as the next new single looks set for June.