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GET TO KNOW: Young Fatigue
Following on from the release of their much-hyped debut single 'Dislocation' last year, London-based outfit Young Fatigue have now returned to share their blistering new single 'Am I Pretty Now?'
Channelling a rich mix of 90s grunge and 00s pop-punk influence, 'Am I Pretty Now? makes for a fresh and vibrant return for the group. Filled with energetic pace, thunderous hooks, and a brilliantly catchy chorus to boot, these guys are really tearing it up right now!
So with the new single available now, we sat down with lead singer Ash Dixon to find out more about his origins and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Guitar. When I was eight my favourite thing to do was to blast Guns N Roses and pretend I was Slash. So, it’s unsurprising that I got a real guitar that Christmas.
What was the first album you remember owning?
My brother and I shared All Killer No Filler by Sum 41. We begged for it after seeing them play on Top of the Pops. My favourite track was Fat Lip. I thought it had a swear word in it (which my mum hadn’t noticed), so I felt super cool and rebellious listening to it. Turns out I misheard the word “abortion” for “bullshit”. Took me an embarrassing amount of years to realise that error.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
In school I was in a band called Bear Safari. Our sound was basically Rise Against, but if the singer took no regard into their vocal ability when writing songs (big oops from me there). Luckily, we were blessed with an insanely talented lead guitarist who carried the songs with intense lead lines and solos.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Chop Suey by System of a Down. It’s such a perfect blend of aggressive rhythmic sections and beautiful harmonic melodies. And the ending is simply *chefs kiss*.
Curtains by Arcane Roots is a close second.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
The first time you jam a song together as a band. I write all our songs on my acoustic guitar in my bedroom. While I have a complete idea of what the song will sound like in my head, the whole song writing process is massively stripped back. So, it’s super rewarding hearing a song I’ve been really passionate about materialise for the first time.
And what about the most frustrating part?
It’s strange because musically I’m able to write 95% of a song in like an hour. But then they’ll be a verse or a pre-chorus or some transition that I just can’t get to work. It’s really frustrating because you know something has serious potential, but you just can’t tie it all together. To be honest, the lyrics are the same. A lot of the time I’ll just hit a flow and get them done in one session, but there’ll be that one line in the chorus I just can’t get down.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
There’s so many! But if I had to choose just one it would have to be Rise Against. They’ve been such a massive inspiration for me since I discovered them when I was 12. For me they embody just how empowering music can be. It can embolden us to strive for change, provide a safe platform to truly express ourselves or just be a poignant reminder that you’re not alone. Their music has had such a profound and positive impact on my life and I would be incredibly honoured and humbled if I could ever pass that on to others through Young Fatigue. So yeah, if we ever played with Rise Against there’d probably be lots of tears. Lots and lots of happy tears.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I don’t think we kid ourselves with how hard it is to make it in this industry. We’ve started (like so many) as a bunch of nobodies that love making a load of noise. While it’s fun to dream, I think I’d be satisfied with playing some cool festivals, going on a few tours and maybe releasing a decent album or two.
Young Fatigue's new single 'Am I Pretty Now? is available to stream everywhere now. Check it out below.