Future Classics is a pretty ballsy title for your first album, but then, Young Mother come about their self-assuredness honestly. In an era where aspiring artists launch their Soundcloud page and hire a publicist before they’ve finished writing their first song, Young Mother patriarch Jesse Laderoute’s approach seems positively antiquated: Spend a few years figuring your shit out in practice spaces and on stages and make sure your music is worth the vinyl it’s pressed on.
Future Classics rewards his patience and our own. Drawing equally from the hypnotic buzz of early Pink Floyd, the magisterial post-punk of Echo and the Bunnymen, and the 21st-century skronk of Liars, Laderoute effectively acts as a tightrope walker coolly trying to stay on course while all manner of disturbances (saxophone squawks, terrifying screams, haunted-house synths) threaten to knock him off balance.
What you hear on Future Classics is the sound of utter chaos being slowly sculpted into driving, swaggering rock ’n’ roll—that special moment where messy experimentation gives way to steely determination.
Playlist picks: “The Well Tempered Male,” “In Search of a Lighter Affair,” “Common Trash”
Young Mother play the ALL CAPS! festival on Toronto Island on Aug. 12.