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Interview with Youth Group - Aussie Rockers Discuss Aliens, Laser Skirmish, and Their New Album

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Let it never be said that Youth Group are sissies. After enduring a fourteen hour flight from Sydney to LA, through untold horrors otherwise known as "customs" and "baggage claim," the Australian band still managed to put up with my meeting them at the Custom Inn Suites in Hollywood for our interview. If our places were reversed, I would have been a howling, drooling grump, refusing to talk to anyone as I crawled back to my room to sleep off the jet lag. But lo, Youth Group were bright and cheerful; a little slap-happy perhaps, but more than game for a stop at the Starbucks at the corner of Franklin and Highland to talk music. Bless them.

Youth Group has been a hit in their native Australia since forming back in the late 90s, but it wasn't until their second album, Skeleton Jar, hit the States in 2004 that they began to register stateside. Often compared to Brit bands the Doves and Coldplay, Youth Group has a mournful, almost ethereal sound that tends to tug on the listeners heart strings (which is why its used in so many silly teen dramas like the O.C. and Gossip Girl. Not that I watch those shows. Cough.) Their lyrics often pour forth an honest sense of whimsy which is rare from most acts today, who are usually more dedicated to being "real." With songs like Shadowlands, Skeleton Jar, and Babies Dreams, Youth Group are comfortable with exploring the unknown realms of their imaginations. Their new album The Night Is Ours is due to be released on April 7th, but for those of you who are impatient, Youth Group will be showcasing some of it at the Spaceland tonight.