Young Aviators’ music is “powerful like bear repellent”. This interview is packed-full with facts about the band, along with some great humour. While reading our chat with Young Aviators, you’ll find that they have a clever way with not only music and lyrics, but also the use of similes. With their new single Forward Thinking due for release on July 8th, AMBY caught up with Young Aviators to talk about sedating them, showering crowds with Coco Pops, and embracing humour!
AMBY: Hello Young Aviators! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?
Young Aviators: Sweating and toiling. We have an album coming out in September and it’s a lot of work. Where’s all the glitz and glam we heard about? We’ve been conned.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Young Aviators: Wholesome like bran flakes. Powerful like bear repellent. Harmonious like a newborn’s smile into its mother eyes. Marketable, like naked bowling. Think Garage-Grunge-Disco-Surf-Pop?
AMBY: You have recently released your debut album, Self Help. Which tracks are your favourites?
Young Aviators: That’s like asking the Father of 9 quick-spirited garage-pop sons which is his favourite! We couldn’t possibly say (at least not in public).
AMBY: What’s the story behind your excellent song Forward Thinking?
Young Aviators: First of all. THANK YOU! A kind compliment. You will be rewarded. It’s mainly dealing with the theme of being young, broke and desolate in the 21st century. Most of our songs are inspired by a life on minimum wage and fears of the future for yourself and the wider world. They don’t come across as being too heavy going though, they’re meant to embrace the humour and poetry in being fucked.
AMBY: Which bands or artists have you been listening to lately?
Young Aviators: Father John Misty raises a smile, as do many others. We all have pretty divergent music tastes so we can’t really answer as a group. Nine Black Alps, Tom Vek and QOTSA are staples.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Young Aviators: As a band? Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Self-titled), The Vines – High Evolved and any Nirvana album.
AMBY: What’s the best moment you’ve had as a band so far?
Young Aviators: Probably showering the crowd at ClubNME in Koko with Coco Pops. We’ve played there twice and both times have been amazing. However supporting The Subways for a completely sold out UK tour was up there as was playing the HMV Forum in London with Reef, terrifyingly amazing.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Young Aviators: We’ve been playing together in various guises for the best part of a decade. The list is long, drunken and in the most, illegal. Giving three Irish guys a rider at every gig will always end in tears. We like to party. Come to a gig and add to the list yourself.
AMBY: What is your song of the year so far?
Young Aviators: Enya – Orinoco Flow. It’s the song of this and every year. Always will be.
AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?
Young Aviators: The launch of our debut album is up there. We can’t wait to get it out there. The advanced reviews we’ve had in Scotland have been amazing, we can’t wait for it to hit the rest of the UK and Ireland. We think you’ll like it.
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?
Young Aviators: Beer and Clothing in Glasvegas? We’ve never thought of that before. Good question. It wouldn’t be pretty anyway.
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Young Aviators that nobody knows?
Young Aviators: It takes roughly 15 pints of Guinness to sedate us. And also, deep down, we’re quite sensitive wee souls.
Thank you Young Aviators, for giving us your answers!