Blood Youth

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Blood Youth
Blood Youth in 2017; from left to right: Chris Pritchard (guitar), Kaya Tarsus (vocals), Sam Hallett (drums), Matt Hollinson (bass).
Blood Youth in 2017; from left to right: Chris Pritchard (guitar), Kaya Tarsus (vocals), Sam Hallett (drums), Matt Hollinson (bass).
Background information
OriginHarrogate, England
Years active2014–present
Associated acts
  • Kaya Tarsus
  • Chris Pritchard
  • Matt Hollinson
  • Sam Hallett
Past members
  • Sam Bowden
  • Matt Powels
  • Max Dawson

Blood Youth are a British hardcore punk band formed in Harrogate[2] in 2014 by ex-Climates members Sam Bowden, Matt Powels, Chris Pritchard and Max Dawson, before recruiting ex-Book of Job lead vocalist Kaya Tarsus.[3] After releasing their debut EP, Inside My Head, in 2015 and embarking on a short, headlining tour of their native UK to support it, drummer Matt Powels departed in late 2015 to become the drum tech for Neck Deep, he was followed by Bowden, who is now playing lead guitar in Neck Deep.[4] In March 2016, the band released their second EP, Closure, accompanied by a music video for the title track. Later that year, they announced they had begun recording their debut album, which would be titled Beyond Repair, then being released on Rude Records on 7 April 2017.

Musical style and influence[edit]

Blood Youth performing at Download Festival 2017.

Blood Youth's style has been described as melodic hardcore,[3][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] hardcore punk,[7][9][12][13][14] post-hardcore,[15] and “punk metal”,[16][17] and they have been compared to the likes of Stick To Your Guns,[5] Beartooth,[18] and Every Time I Die.[18] Blood Youth's lyrics focus on many different topics based on everyday (namely Tarsus's) life, with songs off of the band's debut EP invoking themes of homelessness, breakups, and financial turmoil.[19] Their sophomore EP Closure focused on such themes as Tarsus's struggle to help his family, emotional claustrophobic towards those new in life and reflecting on the past,[20] while their debut full-length Beyond Repair followed that of numbing oneself via alcohol abuse, the struggle of being an underground musician in a small town, becoming a different person while under the influence of alcohol, one's naivety while young, and simply being angry.[21] Furthermore, on multiple tracks such as "What I'm Running From" and "Big Smoke", Tarsus focuses on his relocation to Barcelona just prior to the formation of the band, the reasons why he departed from England, and what he was feeling during this transition.[19][21]

Guitarist Chris Pritchard is inspired by nu metal acts such as Korn and Slipknot, namely their first and second albums, stating that he fell in love with songs such as “Wait and Bleed”;[22][2][23] vocalist Kaya Tarsus is more-so inspired by hardcore bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, and Every Time I Die.[2][15][23] In full contrast, drummer Sam Hallett's favorite band is The 1975; he is also a huge fan of R&B[2] together with Funeral For a Friend.[23]


Blood Youth performing an acoustic set at Crash Records, Leeds, England in 2017. From top left to bottom right: Kaya Tarsus, Sam Hallett, Chris Pritchard.
Title Album details Type
Inside My Head[24] EP
  • Released: 11 January 2016
  • Label: Rude Records, Artery Recordings
Beyond Repair[28]
  • Released: 7 April 2017
  • Label: Rude Records
  • Released: 22 February 2019
  • Label: Rude Records


Title Released
Failure [30] 11 May 2015
Closure [31] 28 January 2016
Mood Swings [32] 23 May 2016
Reason To Stay [33] 6 February 2017
I Remember [34] 27 February 2017
Making Waves[35] 20 March 2017
Starve 19 August 2018
Spineless 4 February 2019


  • From the Ground Up (2018)[36]


Kaya Tarsus performing with Blood Youth in The Key Club, Leeds, UK in 2017
Matt Hollinson (back) and Kaya Tarsus (front), while opening for Prophets of Rage in 2017.

Current line-up[edit]

  • Kaya Tarsus - lead vocals (2014–Present)
  • Chris Pritchard - guitar (2014–Present)
  • Matt Hollinson - bass (2017–Present)
  • Sam Hallett - drums (2015–Present)

Past members[edit]

  • Sam Bowden - guitar (2014-2015)
  • Matt Powels - drums (2014-2015)
  • Max Dawson - bass (2014–2017)


(Including Climates)


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