The rock scene is a saturated one at best and overcrowded at worst. With the entire genre screaming their throats into oblivion it’s not easy feat to have your voice heard above the rest so you have to make damn sure that what you’re offering is worth blocking out the noise for. Alt-rockers Youth Illusion, and their upcoming EP ‘Seeking Answers in Silence’ make short work of such a challenge and have provided some of the year’s most indelible hooks and most devastating moments of aggression and we had the pleasure of chatting to the guys behind it all to find out more…
RR: What to you is the best rock album of all time and why?
ZAC: Ok, hear me out…. AC/DC “ Back in Black”……. this album has with stood the test of time. You have multiple generations of musicians they picked up a guitar because of this band.
RORY: There are so many that changed music but since I grew up and got my musical education in the 90s I have to say its between Nirvana – Nevermind, Oasis – Definitely Maybe, or Green Day – Dookie. All for the same reason, they changed the course of music and reintroduced rock/punk music to the mainstream after the disastrous hair metal and synth wave of the 80s.
MATTEO: GNR Appetite for destruction in my humble opinion. The reason is that Axel was at the top of his shape vocally speaking, the second best singer of whole times just after Freddy Mercury. The line up as well was just insane, the bond that the band had it was just sensational. Song after song it’s just a never ending of filthy riffs, iconic bass lines and the perfect vocal tone as the cherry on the cake. (when I named Freddy above on the tv suddenly came up Freddy singing ‘who wants to live forever’ on the news)
HEATH: If we’re talking straight up rock, it’s got to be Superunknown – Soundgarden. Chris Cornell’s voice is amazing.
RR: How did you first discover rock music?
MATTEO: My dad introduced me to it, my dad never followed Italian music, he was a rocker – leather jacket, biker and so on but he never played an instrument. Since I was a kid my dad use to play to me bands like Dire Straits, Queen, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and many more on our old hi-fi.
HEATH: I first discovered rock music at a very young age as my parents would often play the likes of AC/DC and Queen around the house.
RORY: I grew up in a very musical family so was raised on bands like Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, ELO, Eagles etc. My uncle lived with us and was into metal so I used to raid his CD collection and got into Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Exodus and the rest. But I started developing my own taste when I was given a tape, Offspring – Smash. My brother got Nirvana – Unplugged at the same time so we used to swap. He then started borrowing music from his friends and introduced me to Rage Against the Machine, Marilyn Manson and the heavier bands of the 90s. After that, everything got turned up to 11!
ZAC: I grew up in a religious house. My dad used to have this shelf for CD’s. I remember looking through the CDs curiously and I found this album that was all black and I asked my dad “what is this?” and he said “it’s AC DC, you can listen but don’t tell your mom” hahaha, I still remember hearing back in black for the first time and it was game over from there.
RR: How would you describe the songwriting process behind the two new singles?
ZAC: I usually come up with a riff in record on my phone and then send it to the boys at 4 in the morning with a text message in bold saying “oh my god listen to this!!!!” hahah we are starting to get more regimental with the process but these two singles were honed in after many writing sessions.
MATTEO: Both tracks are Zach’s ideas but all of us added our personal ideas to it. We worked on this record as a team, we made so many changes since the beginning to the tracks but then we got to point which we thought ‘ this is it!’.
RORY: Zach will come up with the riffs and the vocal melody and we will loop the hell out of it in pro tools. I will then chop it up and create a basic song structure and program a simple drum beat. Once the back bone and structure is completed Matt comes in and adds the sparkle. Obviously the song is evolving the whole way through as new parts and transitions are added or changed. Then we go into the studio and it all comes together.
HEATH: Although I wasn’t present for the writing of the two singles, I do enjoy adding my own style of playing to the songs when we play them live.
RR: What does the future ahead look like for Youth Illusion?
RORY: Hopefully a lot of touring and a lot of festivals. The goal is to do this full time and hopefully that is on the cards.
ZAC: Bright……I’m not just saying that to sound arrogant but I really believe we can do something great with this band. Hopefully we get a chance to tour more and do festivals.
HEATH: The future of youth illusion looks bright. With the tours and the album release, we’re shaping up to have a good year and a lot of fun. As always with music, it’s great to keep it professional and have a good time doing so.
MATTEO: Bright! I’m 100% sure that this record will let people turn their heads, we are eager to show what we have to offer so I can’t wait for it! We want to play shows as much as we can and take this EP as far as we can.
RR: If you had to describe your music to someone who could not hear, using only images, what images would you use?
MATTEO: A rollercoaster: calm sections that suddenly switches in heavy breakdowns going up and down like a rollercoaster.
ZAC: Gosh, that’s a tricky one. Maybe a picture of an avalanche? Hahaha
Seeking Answers In Silence is available everywhere on 25/03/22! Connect with the band below: