These days, when talking about music or a band’s particular sound, I’m always extremely careful before I crack out the word “unique”, because someone is always waiting around the corner to contradict you. However, in this particular case, I’m willing to risk making the exception.
Sheffield’s Young Peculiar have been making beautiful music together since early 2011. Their electic rock-funk-folk-jazz sound (I know, you definitely won’t find that genre listed on iTunes) coupled with personal, emotive lyrics and a penchant for quirky covers has seen them build an ever-increasing fan-base and a solid reputation on the local circuit over the past year and a half. Made up of five talented lads and lasses (Bernadette; vocals, Mike; classical guitar, Chris; electric guitar/ vocals, Martin; drums and Laura; bass), and having recently recorded their first EP, Young Peculiar’s star seems set to continue its rise.
What makes their music so refreshingly different is the sheer variety of styles that they incorporate into their songs. Combinations that, to a non-musician such as myself, seem impossible on paper, are made to… well, work, and work extremely well: their cover of Nelly Furtado’s ‘Maneater’ under-laid with ‘Brooklyn’ by the Young Blood Brass Band (which frequently goes down a storm at live shows) is just one case in point. Their music has a (yes, I’m using it) unique quality and personality that only comes from taking the diverse influences of five individuals and mixing them together to create something collectively awesome.
Both live and recorded, Young Peculiar make for a compelling listen. However, you don’t just have to take my word for it – head over to their bandcamp to listen to (and purchase) their EP, take a trip to their soundcloud page or even watch them in action here. You won’t be disappointed.
(Photography by Jeremy Williams)