Brutal Youth’s ‘Sanguine’ LP Gets European Vinyl Release

BrutalYouth-Sanguine_12InJacket.inddBrutal Youth have now been with us for almost seven years, in the time that has elapsed since their formation they have recorded three full length albums and toured the length and breadth of the North American continent, and even made a few excursions into Europe. The Canadian hardcore punks released their third full length, that carries their trademark energetic, raw, honest, heart on sleeve punk rock spirit, last year in the US and Canada, now their third album, Sanguine, is finally available in Europe via Gunnar Records.

The Punk Site Review of Sanguine can be read here

Sanguine can now be ordered in Europe via Gunnar Records here

Brutal Youth To Release ‘Sanguine’ LP In EU Via Gunnar Records

BrutalYouth-Sanguine_12InJacket.inddBrutal Youth are set unleash another album of punk rock anthems peppered with sucker punch hooks that’ll leave you toothless before you even know what hit you. Energetic, raw, honest, heart on sleeve punk rock, Brutal Youth have been causing a ruckus since 2010 and with the imminent release of Sanguine they have become an unstoppable juggernaut that is set to level the musical landscape. Sanguine will receive a full UK and EU release on the 24th August 2017 via Gunnar Records and will be available on red and clear limited edition vinyl formats.

Sanguine can be pre-ordered via Gunnar Records here

Tours: Brutal Youth (Europe)

Brutal YouthToronto hardcore punk act Brutal Youth has announced that they will be hopping the pond for a tour of Europe this April.  The band released their latest full length, Sanguine, back in 2016 via Stomp Records

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Manchester Punk Festival Volume 13 Released Via Bandcamp

MPF 17 Feb 17The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre. This is the fourth volume of the compilations that precede the festival, that will feature all of the bands that are appearing in 2017, that has been released. The Manchester Punk Festival Volume Thirteen features Strange Bones, Lineout, Great Cynics, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Brutal Youth, Muncie Girls, The Filaments, Denim And Leather, Onsind, Crocadile God, Despite Everything, Money Left To Burn, Bolshy, Shit Present, Queen Zee And The Sasstones, EFA Supertramp and The Afternoon Gentlemen. The previous twelve volumes of the Manchester Punk Festival compilations, that cover the 2015 to 2017 line ups, are also still available as name your price downloads.

Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival are on sale now for £30 and are available here

You can download Manchester Punk Festival Volume 13 as a name your price download here

Manchester Punk Festival Confrims Latest Additions For 2017

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between the 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre, the festival has now added the energetic punk rock of Canada’s Brutal Youth, the politically charged punk rock of Essex’s The Filaments, the melodic hardcore of Liverpool punkers Chief, the acoustic pop punk of Onsind, the 80’s hardcore of Throwing Stuff and the anarchic folk punk of Matilda’s Scoundrels to the 2017 line up, as well as TosserladBobby Funk, Rash Decision, Iron Drugs, Grotbags, Dirty Twisters, Muskets, Lineout and One Hidden Frame being added to the already impressive bill.

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Brutal Youth


Stomp Records

Rating: 4/5




Wasting no time since the release of their breakout EP, Bottoming Out, Newfoundland hardcore act Brutal Youth signed on with Montreal punk label Stomp Records for their next instalment.  Entitled Sanguine, the LP capitalizes on the four-piece’s penchant for balancing rough cut hardcore punk with a melodic intent.  The tracks range from short bursts of rage-fueled aggression, to anthemic barking calls for social mobilization.  

The album opens with a rough barking roar, sure to intimidate those with soft bellies and a weak constitution.  Brutal Youth set the tone as one of offence – assailment over defence, initiative over reaction.  These boys don’t subscribe to social pleasantries.  Case and point: the breakneck pace and forceful vocal onslaught of “Denial,” which plateaus in an aggressive anthemic call to open your eyes and look past the lies we feed ourselves.  With the tone firmly set, “Chlorine” follows with abrasive riffs raging against a bout of rattling, brash drums.  Others like “Anger,” “Hostile Work Environment,” and “Bargaining” plough onwards like a sole survivor clinging to life in an apocalyptic city.  Simply put, it’s a classic case of Black Flag, Outbreak – and any number of 80’s inspired hardcore punk acts – done right.  

But Sanguine is more than just firsts and fury.  In particular, the Brutal Youth hints at their melodic underlay in the conventional chorus-verse format of bass-heavy tracks like “The King” and “Whiteway.”  Used sparingly, the band proves masters of pacing.  Tracks like “Rogue Thoughts” and “Whiteways” bridge melody and chaos with a tactful insertion of “woah-oah” laden choruses and bass-thumping intros.  Such fleeting pop-punk elements strategically serve as a crack of light faintly illuminating a dark room – bringing the bigger picture into clearer focus.

On a thematic note, the band organized the album around these of loss.  The tracks “Denial,” “Anger,” “Bargaining,” “Depression,” and “Acceptance” take their names from the sequence composing the grieving process.  Death and loss seem to be lurking around every corner, but the promise of emerging from personal despair seems to frame Sanguine’s overall album arc.  For a genre that often gets branded as “simplistic” by outsiders, Brutal Youth set the bar high in achieving overarching themes through consistently purposeful execution.

Overall, Brutal Youth continue to move in new and exciting directions, while maintaining the raw, aggressive attitude that originally saw them stand out from the pack.  If Bottoming Out marked their best work at the time, then Sanguine climbs yet another step of the ladder with no ceiling in sight.  Brutal Youth have come along way since their simplistic beginnings.  Here’s to hoping that their ascent continues with all the passion and ambition behind Sanguine.

Video: Brutal Youth – Hostile Work Environment

Brutal YouthToronto hardcore punk act Brutal Youth has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Hostile Work Environment” which appears on their new full length, Sanguine, available now via Stomp Records

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Brutal Youth Full Album Stream

Brutal YouthToronto hardcore punk act Brutal Youth is streaming their upcoming full length, Sanguine, which is set to drop on Sept 23, 2016 via Stomp Records. Coinciding with the announcement the band is streaming their first single, “The King.”

Listen to the full disc here.

Brutal Youth Announces New LP; Streams First Track

Brutal YouthToronto hardcore punk act Brutal Youth has announced details for the release of their next album.  The disc will be titled Sanguine and is set to drop on Sept 23, 2016 via Stomp Records. Coinciding with the announcement the band is streaming their first single, “The King.”

Listen to the song below along with the track listing.

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Brutal Youth

Stay Honest (Reissue)

Say-10 Records

Rating: 3.5/5




Stay Honest was Brutal Youth‘s sophomore album and it was the follow up to their 2010 debut full length Spill Your Guts. I use the past tense as this is a reissue of the Canadian quartet’s 2013 album, and it sounds as fresh as it did three years ago. The first three tracks lull you into a false sense of security, they are three of the longest tracks on this album, one of them is almost two minutes long, after that it’s a head on plunge into raw and relentless punk rock.

At times it does suffer from the fact that if you stop paying attention some of the tracks can blur into each other, to give you an idea of just how frenetic this album is, whilst writing this line three tracks were played in their entirety. Ten of the tracks on Stay Honest are around one minute in length or less, in some cases a lot less, for example Trim The Fat is done and dusted in nineteen seconds, and the whole album, all eighteen tracks, clocks in at around twenty two minutes.

There are hallmarks of the bands that came before them, the often quoted influences are Kid Dynamite and The Circle Jerks but you can also hear the spirit of the likes of early DRI and NOFX, whilst they wear their influences on their sleeves Brutal Youth have certainly stamped their own identity onto Stay Honest. It is a frantic assault from start to end but there is enough melody present, and there are some excellent breakdowns on some of the longer tracks, which stop it becoming the relentless barrage that some hardcore records descend into. There is no rhyme or reason as to why I like some hardcore bands and not others, Brutal Youth falls firmly into the former category but don’t ask me why.

Stay Honest can be ordered for download or on limited edition mint chocolate chip vinyl directly from Say-10 Records here

Brutal Youth Sign To Stomp Records

Stomp RecordsBrutal Youth has signed on with Stomp Records. The band plans to release a brand new full-length in early 2016.  For the remainder of the month the band will be touring with PEARS and A Wilhelm Scream.

Tour dates are below.

The band continues to support their latest EP, “Bottoming Out,” which was released back in February via Paper + Plastick Records.

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Paper + Plastick Release FREE Spring 2015 Sampler

Paper + Plastick RecordsPaper + Plastick Records has announced released a new Spring 2015 label sampler.  The compilation, available as a free download from the label’s webstore, contains tracks from DwayneBrutal YouthJunior Battles and many more.

Download the compilation here.

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Brutal Youth

Bottoming Out EP

Paper + Plastck Records

Rating: 4/5




Hardcore punk is a deceptively challenging genre to nail down.  If you play it too safe, you’ll end up sounding like a Minor Threat knock off, if you try upping the ante then you risk going a little too far off the rails, and if you get too melodically ambitious, then you’re just not a hardcore punk band anymore.  So when a band like Brutal Youth hit the mark, its time for a party.  Like the talented, rambunctious minority of hardcore punk acts, Brutal Youth’s Paper + Plastick Records debut is both deceptively conventional and refreshingly original.

The Bottoming Out EP succeeds on the strengths of like-minded peers Outbreak, Municipal Waste and Boids.  There’s always an overwhelming sense of controlled destruction – like a runaway freight train threatening to jump the track that still manages to remain on the rails for the entire ride.  “Contrarian” leads the charge with highly abrasive chords and a rattling, snapping tempo, giving way to a surprisingly anthemic chorus of belted gang vocals and instrumental accompaniment.  Moments later the tempo quickens for the old-school mosher “War On Youth.”  

But Brutal Youth keeps listeners on their toes, shifting from sonic carnage to wild, drum thumping warcry within a quick minute and a half or less.  “Bottoming Out” and “Rancour” embraces Patty’s lung shredding outbursts across a gauntlet of tempos, including a shockingly well-matched chorus of streetpunk “woah-ohs” and “hey-heys.”  Closer “Smear Campaign” summarizes just about every aspect of Brutal Youth’s musical ambition and impressively synthesized stylistic breadth.  This is a band that could write any type of punk under the sun, but consciously remains committed to keeping their footprint as raw and ephemeral as possible.

Up until this point, Brutal Youth has been one of the best kept secrets in hardcore punk.  But with the combination of label changes and the concise mission statement that is Bottoming Out, Brutal Youth stands poised to become an emerging juggernaut.  Again, Bottoming Out will sound familiar to those well versed in hardcore punk, but the EP’s quick and invigorating eight minutes offers plenty of energy for those looking for a modern reimagining of their favourite genre staples.

Video: Brutal Youth – Contrarian

Brutal YouthBrutal Youth has debuted a new music video.  The video features the track “Contrarian” which appears on their upcoming new Brutal Youth 7″ EP, due out February 24, 2015.  Pre-orders are now live with Paper + Plastick Records.

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Brutal Youth – Contrarian

Brutal YouthBrutal Youth is streaming a brand new song.  The track is titled “Contrarian” and appears on their upcoming new Brutal Youth 7″ EP.  Pre-orders are now live with Paper + Plastick Records.

Listen here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

Tours: After The Fall / Brutal Youth

AfterTheFallAfter The Fall has announced that the hardcore punk act will be heading out on a record release tour with Brutal Youth in support of the band’s brand new full-length record, Unkind, released back in March via Paper + Plastick Records (US) and Disconnect Disconnect Records (EU).

Tour dates can be found below.

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