EEEEEEEEEEEEUUUUUUCCCCCCHHH! What the fucking fuckity fuck fuck is this? The Young Lions are Scandinavian. They have weird names like Soppa, Pinola, Aki and... Frank! They look all New York trendy and have big plucky plucky guitary bits. This should be cool, but the lead singer sounds like he’s caught his genitals in a vice and every word he sings is done while trying furiously to pull himself free without tearing his fashionably hip jeans.
Listening to The Young Lions is somewhere between the irritability of stubbing your big toe on a doorway and the downright pain of losing a tenner through the hole in your trouser pocket you just wish you got your mam to sew up when you first noticed it three years prior.
It sounds a little like The Motley Crew trying to be the Datsuns. Sure, there's thundering Deep Purple guitars, pounding drums, but the Pinky and Perky-like eighties heavy metal vocals, the lack of melody, and the fact that it all sounds too 'manufactured' means that, frankly, it just does not sound good at all. The only track to come close to any kind of a rating in fact is 'Sinners and Saints'. Guitarists Frank and Pinola pull off a cool mid section that kind of got my feet tapping away. But jeez, then that vocal came in and eeeeeuuccchh! I found it very difficult to get through the entire single. If you want to hear a Scandinavian band do real rock n roll, check out the Flamin Sideburns. Nuff said!
1Michael Irvine's Score