Young Men Dead's courageous approach has paid dividends.
For a band to play shows with the likes of Mystery Jets, Yuksek and Muscles in the first two years of their existence, let alone having released only one demo in that time, would seem impossible. But Brisbane electronic-pop group Young Men Dead have done exactly that, defying the traditional approach to establishing themselves on the music scene.
Having lived off their demo 'My Sister', and established themselves on the live scene, Young Men Dead decided to turn their attention to recording for the first time in their already exciting career. The end product is their forthcoming debut EP, due out “before the end of the year”, which features their recently-released debut single 'Courageous'.
“'Courageous' is a good example of how big the EP is,” says frontman David Thomas. “All four songs are very different, it's a very diverse EP. Dean and I have written a bunch of different sounding songs, so it was just a very experimental phase ... It's hard for us to define ... I find it hard to pin point what we do.”
As well as the release of the EP, Young Men Dead are excited to be a part of the talent-laden line-up for Valley Fiesta, and David sees the Brisbane City Council initiative as an important part of the local music scene for the artists and the local people alike.
“It is exciting to be a part of … It's also just fun that people watch these bands, I remember when I first came to Brisbane (from Mackay) there wasn't a very big selection of live music to go check out. It wasn't the calibre that's going around at the moment.
“These things are important; these free shows like Valley Fiesta, ones where a lot of people are around … When you play in certain venues, you miss people that may not always go to live music venues, so doing a free festival really opens up who you're playing to and hopefully brings more fans.”
Young Men Dead play Valley Fiesta (Brunswick St Road Closure) on Saturday October 27.