Young Fathers just released “Shame,” the latest single from their upcoming album White Men Are Black Men Too. Out April 7 on Big Dada. The 12-track album was written and recorded throughout 2014 while ontour and then completed at their studio in Edinburgh.
Young Fathers are ‘G’ Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole. The three men are each named after their fathers—a unifying bond for a band that pushes against the binds of definition. Their sound is hiphop and punk, rock and pop, and anything else you want to label them as, but they simply combine all of these.
Young Fathers on New Single “Shame”
Yes, you are on your way to work. Yes, you are late but you don’t give a fuck. That’s not why you’re flat-footing it up the concrete steps, feeling that rough corner burn on the palm of your hand. That’s not why you’re sweating (on the inside! The inside!) or why tendons are twitching and flicking the ends of your toes while you wait, tapping, for the gap in the revolving door to swing too slowly your way.
It’s not because you did something wrong and now there are people, the police, sending sirens, howling like dogs after your heels. They won’t catch you, not worried. Fuck ‘em.
It’s not because you’re running from school, from the sight of your face in the steamy glass as you arrive for another day of drear, running towards unknown fields.
It’s because… this prodding, insistent (move it! Pick up! Come on!) this audio whip, this escalator gone mad in your ears and then that slow down and the choir (The Leith Congregational Choir no less) and what does it take to feel better? When will you be happy again? Who cares. Keep moving and then, a moment and you realise, hey I’m happy, just now, right now and it comes home and you feel no shame. No. Shame.
North American Tour Kicks Off April 9 in Boston
Apr 09 Boston, MA – Great Scott
Apr 10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Apr 11 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Apr 12 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
Apr 14 Raleigh, NC – Kings
Apr 15 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell Stage)
Apr 16 New Orleans, LA – Republic
Apr 17 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
Apr 18 Dallas, TX – Trees
Apr 19 Austin, TX – Parish
Apr 21 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Apr 22 San Diego, CA – Casbah
Apr 24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Apr 25 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Apr 29 Portland, OR – Holocene
Apr 30 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
May 01 Victoria, BC – Distrikt
May 02 Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 05 Boise, ID – Neurolux
May 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
May 07 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
May 08 Lincoln, NE – Vega
May 09 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
May 10 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
May 13 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
May 14 Nashville, TN – Exit In
May 16 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Fest