Gorse and Matt of YOUNG ENGLISH discuss love of boobs, and influences
Posted by Christine Palmer
Young English is one of my favorite bands to come out of Orange County, NY in a long time. In a short time together, they’ve signed to Panic Records, released an excellent EP titled “I Hate My Friends”, have played a ton of shows and have a split coming out soon with Pentimento. I caught up with a visibly intoxicated Gorse and not visibly intoxicated Matt outside a show they didn’t play due to plane delays and we discussed influences, plans, boobs and video games on a stone wall in the ghetto.
Gorse: We’re Young English, and we play music. (bearded guy 20 feet away laughs)
Brian: Well, that’s painfully obvious! Now tell me your name and what instrument you play.
Gorse: I’m Gorse, I play bass. And this is Matt.
Matt: I play guitar.
Gorse: We like a band called the Promise Ring. And they have a song called something about Denver.
(Gorse was referring to the song “Everywhere In Denver”)
Gorse: Hot Rod Circuit, Saves the Day, Get Up Kids. Shit like that. Old school emo.
Gorse: That can be last question.
Brian: (Laughing) Alright, mulligan on that.
Gorse: We were big fans of Pentimento, actually. Because we liked Panic Records and we followed their shit.
Matt: We wanted to do a split with them before we even got signed.
Gorse: They emailed us and were like “We should do a split together, and you guys should sign to Panic.” We were like ‘We’ll do a split first, then we’ll figure the rest out.’ and the rest is history.
Brian: It actually ended up going in the opposite order though.
Matt: It turned out pretty well!
Brian: Yes it did.
Gorse: Balance and Composure. Pentimento – Wrecked.
Matt: Yeah, I dig that.
Gorse: Seahaven – Winter Forever
Matt: The Hotel Year album.
Gorse: Yeah dude, the Hotel Year. Their album is sick.
Matt: It’s solid, you should check it out definitely.
Gorse: ….how many do we have to do?
Brian: I was ready to stop a while ago, actually. (everyone laughs)
Matt: I could go on forever, I love so much stuff that’s come out recently.
Gorse: Too many bands…
Matt: An advantage though is we’re close enough to NYC that we can be called a city band, but we’re not a city band. Everyone just assumes you’re from the city.
Gorse: Then people say “oh you’re from upstate New York?” No we’re from fucking like 30 minutes from the city. But we’re not upstate.
Brian: Yeah, because there’s like 7 more car travel hours north in New York.
Matt: That’s another advantage is that within 7 hours in any direction you have Philly, Boston. Being from the tri state area is definitely a plus.
Gorse: A full length. In our minds we started writing it. We have some ideas. We got a few songs going.
Matt: it’ll be a while.
Gorse: No, it’ll definitely be a minute. But, we’re already working on it.
Matt: Modern Warfare 3.
Gorse: We like boobs.
Matt: Don’t throw that in!
Brian: Don’t throw that in?
Matt We definitely want to promote the split…
Gorse: Definitely mention I like boobs.
Brian: But see, that kind of makes it look like Matt doesn’t.
Matt: No, I do.
Brian: This seems like a good place to wrap this up.
Gorse: Thanks for doing this.
Brian: Thank you, you guys kick ass.
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