Young And In The Way (photo by Reid Haithcock)
Young and In The Way have barely three years behind them, and already have logged two EPs and as many LPs, in addition to a split 7". The North Carolinian blackened crust band are now preparing to release another record with V.Eternal Depression, a limited edition 12" which is available for purchase TODAY (12/2) via Antithetic and streaming below in full.
Choirs, blackened shrieks, dark ambiance, tribal drums and an escalating feeling of dread dot the new EP which recalls moments of Wolves in The Throne Room, later Neurosis, and recent fare like Amenra. But all of that is an aside to the blunt-force trauma that is this band at full speed; think Cursed, Rot in Hell, Pulling Teeth, or any hardcore/crust band that dares to flirt with the darkside.
Young And In The Way - "Times Are Cold"
Who is Young and In the Way?
Kable Lyall (vocals), Rick Contes (guitar), Chris Nolen (bass) and Randy Baucom (drums) are a blackened crust band from North Carolina called Young and in the Way.
You released both the V. Eternal Depression EP and the I Am Not What I Am LP (available for free download) in 2011. Was the material recorded in the same sessions?
V. Eternal Depression and I Am Not What I Am were recorded in separate sessions, I Am Not What I Am in January 2011 at my studio; engineered by our good friend Matt Russell and independently released in March 2011 . We began writing for V. Eternal Depression shortly after that in May 2011 if I remember correctly. No long after we were contacted by Shawn at Antithetic Records. Recording began in late August at my studio and we had a finished product by October.
V seemingly shows a more varied influence, closing with an 11 minute song with black metal and ambient tendencies. Is this final track an indication of your next direction?
There is no definition on what our overall direction is. The sound that we create has motive and meaning to us but it all lies in the moment, where we are as a band, as people, as music listeners. We've stressed time and time again that we aren't so much writing as we are rewriting the sounds that have made us who we are, it isn't so much creation as it is rebirth...a accidental, rape-type of rebirth. For example, I just drove home from a bar listening to Hellhammer and now I'm listening to A.A. Bondy as I'm writing this. We have no boundaries in our tastes, we don't confine ourselves. Regarding the future, it's unclear as to what our next record will sound like. Our maturing over the past 3 years is only a side product of our inability to stop writing, it's not something we consciously strive for.
Are you currently working on/sitting on new material? If so, when will it surface?
We are working on a few new songs for several split 7 inches we hope to see released in early 2012. Our next release is from A389 Records who are re-issuing our albums I Am Not What I Am and Amen on a double LP which should see a release in January 2012. Beyond that, we have close friends who create music we could never dream of and it's our goal to share each others music.
Obviously current bands like Double Negative all the way to classics like COC indicate a thriving punk scene in NC to an outsider. What is your experience, and how would you describe the NC punk scene?
Listen to Veda Woolf.
Are there any plans to hit the road in the coming months, outside of your appearance at A389 2012 and the record release show in Charlotte?
Touring is something that does not come easy to us because of our lives at home. But we do plan on hitting the road more in 2012 in the U.S. and we are in early stages of planning a European tour.
Thanks to Young & In The Way.