Young Legionnaire, a scrappy UK band formed in 2009, are always able to milk a remarkable amount of shoegaze out of a basic trio setup. The band released their first track in four years last month, called “Disappear” and it’s as charmingly punk/shoegaze as ever, giving fans a hopeful preview to the upcoming album, Zero Worship.
“Disappear” opens with one guitar chord being played over and over, as obvious a nod to 90s shoegaze as there’s ever been. Paul Mullen‘s guitar here is raspy with a little bit of echo effect, but still quite punk. It’s a crossover that’s not terribly easy to do, but his basic, one-rhythm vocals which match the guitar help with that early punk (think Buzzcocks) vibe.
The lyrics, on the other hand, are quite esoteric, not very punk at all and not really shoegaze. Their esoterism is rooted in kind of a Rush lyrical style – very spirit science. Shall we say it’s more like stargaze with a little punk? Perhaps, but the band thought the lyrics important enough to make the corresponding video a lyric one.
Zero Worship will release on November 25th, and pre-order links are available on the Young Legionnaire website. If “Disappear” is anything to go on, fans will be in for more beautiful yet punk sounds with a spiritual twist.
Written by Layla Marino
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