Shortstraw Release #1 Album ‘YOUTHLESS’

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Congrats to our mates over at Shortstraw who release their brand new album, entitled YOUTHLESS today!

YOUTHLESS is Shortstraw’s third full length album to date. And in exciting news just in, the album debuted at #1 this morning on the iTunes Album Chart!

The album sees the band venturing into a new direction. They didn’t want to replicate their last album, so the have branched out and explored different genres for this release – a logical progression.

“The album tells a story through different avenues. Some happy, some sad, some funny, some angry. There’s something for everyone, we hope.”

The band started pre-production on the album after playing at OppiKoppi in 2014, the first time they were able to do proper pre-production on an album. They had access to a great studio where they could live track all their ideas, and then go home and dissect it again until they were happy, then go back and re-record the fleshed out ideas and ultimately use those as a base to work from when recording the actual album. The band individually tracked everything, then Alastair and Jacques du Plessis at High Seas Studios spent three weeks producing the album, which was sent to Emily Lazar in New York to be mastered.

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“The album is about growing up and the loss of youth, but still not really knowing what you’re doing or where you’re going. It’s a real coming-of-age bit.”

YOUTHLESS also features older song ideas. Campus Life was an idea for a song the band wanted to put on their previous album Good Morning, Sunshine, but they ran out of time before they could finish it for that album. So they dusted it off and put it on YOUTHLESS. Good Winter is also a song written by Alastair and (then) guitarist Jay almost 5 years ago. It’s an unabashed ode to Bon Iver – bon (h)iver means good winter in French. It never really fit with the Shortstraw vibe, but with this slightly more mature album, the band thought it is now the right time for the song and it is also most probably their favourite song from the new album.

“The main inspiration behind Youthless was actually just doing a record that we wanted to do. We wanted to just take every idea that we’ve had since the last album and just put it down. It’s a bit schizophrenic like that, but we think it’s a good schizophrenia! In terms of music inspiration, it’s pretty diverse. There’s a bit of the Australian scene that we’ve been exposed to over the past year and a bit, which you’ll hear in Heaps Keen – largely influenced by Australian band, Dune Rats. There’s High School, which was inspired by the White Stripes. Good Winter, inspired by Bon Iver. Then a bunch of others that range from Vampire Weekend to We Were Promised Jetpacks to Taking Back Sunday.”


YOUTHLESS Track Listing:

1. Youthless

2. Oxygen Supply

3. OMG

4. Until Your Head Hits My Pillow

5. Heaps Keen

6. House

7. Charlotte Carter

8. Say Anything

9. Campus Life

10. Out With It

11. Tidy Up

12. High School

13. Curtains

14. When You’re Angry

15. Good Winter

“There are ballads, there are punk-inspired anthems, there are indie-pop songs. It’s a bit like growing up really. It’s got good times, it’s got bad times, it’s got happy times, it’s got sad times. It’s a journey through adulthood. But even the sad songs will make you happy.”

Buy YOUTHLESS on i-Tunes here


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