Youth In Revolt is an exhilarating new band signed to Outerloop Records ready to rock your world with their post hardcore anthems. Their debut EP for the label is entitled Love Is A Liar’s Game, and it’s sure to garner the band a good deal of attention. Currently on tour with Slaves and Myka, Relocate, including a stop at Chain Reaction in Anaheim on August 22nd, Youth In Revolt is spreading their sonic revolution all across America! Here is a recent interview we conducted with guitarist George Shrouder to find out more about this band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, what you do in Youth In Revolt and how long the band has been in existence.
My name is George Shrouder. I play guitar in Youth In Revolt. The band was slowly forming for the last few years but it wasn’t until early 2014 that the current lineup came together, got signed, announced and launched.
Where are you based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
The band is based out of Howell, New Jersey. Ironically I live in California, but I know there are a handful of good Howell bands who recently played our CD release show with us. The scene in New Jersey isn’t as strong nor populated as the Orange County scene, but still thriving in its own way. Personally, I know quite a few awesome bands from where I live in Southern California. The first that comes to mind is a band called Redeem/Revive, very hard working dudes with 2 awesome vocalists.
How did you wind up being signed to Outerloop Records?
We started sending demos to Brian Judge, and after we sent him our first version of “There For You” they decided to manage us. They set up recording time for us with Taylor Larson to get a full production version of the single, and as soon as that was recorded they offered us a 1 EP record deal and gave us a month or so to write it. We went back down to record with Taylor Larson again, right around New Years and Love Is A Liar’s Game was the result. The label was impressed with how it came out and presented us with the official offer for a 5 album deal with Outerloop/Fearless Records. Of course we were thrilled and now here we are.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Love Is A Liar’s Game?
We decided to title the EP after the song Love Is A Liar’s Game first and foremost because it was the single we felt embodied the spirit of both the album and Youth In Revolt in general. But beneath that, the song title/lyrics came from the subject matter that True was covering in that song.
Select two songs from Love Is A Liar’s Game and what inspired the lyrics.
True writes all the lyrics from his personal experiences and views. Most are about things he’s learned in the relationship world or his family life. He writes from the heart and the fans connect.
Never Stay was written about getting into a relationship with someone who you really like, but know that things won’t work out. You are the one really driving the relationship because of your feelings for this other person. But the feelings aren’t mutual and before things even begin, you know that person will never stay.
There For You, was written about family life and living up to your parent’s standards. One of the toughest parts about growing up is finding out who you are while simultaneously living up to who your parental figures want you to be. It’s basically saying, I’ll be the best I can be, if you are willing to forgive me for my mistakes along the way.
Who did the cover art for Love Is A Liar’s Game and how much input did you have on it?
The cover was done by an Artist named Hunter Fitch. He was great to work with because he really took our ideas and materialized them exactly how we envisioned. True emailed him over the concept for a tattooed arm holding a heart and he produced the idea perfectly.
Has Youth In Revolt ever played here in the Los Angeles/OC area or plan to do so in the future?
We will be playing Southern California for the first time on August 22nd at Chain Reaction. It’s one of the final shows on our tour with Slaves, Myka Relocate, Alive Like Me, and Nightmares. California being my home, I’m particular excited!
What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming tour with Slaves?
I’m really looking forward to touring with the EP out. We did a tour in May, but our music was still unreleased at that point so nobody knew much about us. This time around, I’m expecting a great crowd response and for people to really connect with us because they’ll know who we are and what we sound like before we get there. I’m also very excited for the tour because the other bands are full of good friends and awesome music. So it should be a really good time.
What could one expect from a live Youth In Revolt show?
High energy, lots of spins and a polished sound. We practice particularly hard and really emphasize a sound as close to the album as possible. Plus we love to just have fun on stage and really connect with a crowd.
If Youth In Revolt could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Right now I would say our dream tour would be 5 Seconds Of Summer and A Day To Remember. Those 2 bands are iconic in the sound and fan base we relate to, in addition to making fun music we all enjoy.
What is it you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
We want our listeners to feel like they have us and our music to rely on when they are feeling down. Life, love and everything in between is tough to get through, and having our music to keep you going means everything to us.
Any final words of wisdom?
I would say the words I’ve lived by, that have gotten me where are am are as follows; If you want to make it in the world nowadays, you have to make sure every moment of time is a moment well spent. Don’t waste away with video games, partying your brains out and convincing yourself that you’re on track to success. The only path to success is the path that you believe is too hard to be accomplished. Wake up everyday with a plan of attack and don’t go to sleep until you’ve completed your daily goals. And those daily goals should be stepping stones in the overall scheme of things. Know what you want and don’t let anyone stand in your way. Friends are friends but business is business. Keep your interests in line, balanced with being a good person, and the puzzle pieces will fall in place.
Youth In Revolt is:
True Arahill: Vocals
Kenny Torres: Vocals/Bass
George Shrouder: Guitar
Alex Ramos: Guitar
Devon Bosque: Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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