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Radar Reviews: Youth Illusion – ‘Help Me To Believe’

Looking to burst to the forefront of the UK’s hard rock scene with their loud, anthemic riffs and the imminent release of their richly bodied new EP ‘Seeking Answers In Silence’ – due to arrive in March – Youth Illusion are a new grunge-inspired alt-rock group who are simply begging for anything but silence with their paradoxically named upcoming release. The line-up is also multicultural – with band members hailing from Italy, South Africa, the UK and the US and they are bound by a rich love for the music that has shaped them.

The lead single taken from the EP – ‘Help Me To Believe’ – promises to be an exciting teaser for a 6-track journey through very frantic guitar riffs, impassioned vocals and a solid core to form an impressive debut they hope will deliver.

Taking their inspiration from classic rock legends like AC/DC and Guns N’Roses, a sprinkling of 90’s pop-punk greats like The Offspring and Green Day, and more influences ranging from contemporary rock giants like Biffy Clyro and Rise Against – Youth Illusion define their sound with a relentlessly meditative sound that feels forever optimistic.

‘Help Me To Believe’ champions their message to find light in the darkness at the band’s core. While finding solace in their own music as individual creatives, they also boast a shared strength that they have found through overcoming challenges in life together and this message is one that feels closest to their heart on ‘Help Me To Believe’, with energetically distorted punk sounds and engaging pop harmonies building up to a rallying call for the chorus, while the heavy drums and the fast-paced guitar riffs dance across an erratic bass hook that complements the lyrics about paying tribute to the resolve of their human spirits.

These slow guitar riffs build to a larger crescendo at first, with thumping bass and reverb-drenched hooks that complements the technical drum beats, while the lead vocals feel husky and take hints from the Southern blues genre. A charming mix of blues heavyweights like Bruce Springsteen and Gang Of Youths dances erratically to a heavier mixture of Cleopatrick and Bullet For My Valentine as the lyrics of “Help me to make right, Everything I’ve done wrong” and “Help me to believe, things will never be the same” refers to their mental health struggles and although the direct meaning is left ambiguous, we’re left with uplifting and engaging rock music that has an old-school sensibility and doesn’t pretend to be anything that it isn’t.

Overall, ‘Help Me To Believe’ boasts a very likeable and relatable sound that could easily cross over into the commercial radio charts as it is easy to connect with and the pop hooks feel infectious enough for you to remember easily. A kind-hearted reminder to embrace yourself in the most difficult of times.

Words by Jacob Braybrooke

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(Co-headline Tour w/ A Few Too Many)

Feb 10 – London, Engine Rooms

Feb 11 – Bristol, Exchange

Feb 12 – Leicester, The Shed

Feb 13 – Oxford, The Bullingdon

(Support tour w/ Standing Like Statues)

May 17 – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge

May 18 – Bridgwater, The Cobblestones

May 19 – Southampton, The Hobbit

May 20 – London, 229 The Venue

May 21 – Chelmsford, Hot Box Live

May 22 – Cambridge, The Portland Arms

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