Electric Youth (band)

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Electric Youth
Electric Youth (band).jpg
Bronwyn Griffin, August 2012
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated actsDavid Grellier (College)
MembersAustin Garrick
Bronwyn Griffin

Electric Youth is a Canadian synthpop duo from Toronto, Ontario.[1] The duo consists of Bronwyn Griffin (vocals, songwriter) and Austin Garrick (producer, songwriter, synthesizer, drums).

Career[edit]

Garrick and Griffin have been dating since the 8th grade.[2] Their initial breakthrough came in 2011 when their song "A Real Hero", created in association with College, was prominently featured in the movie Drive.[3][4] The song was written by Garrick, in part about Chesley Sullenberger and the crash landing of Flight 1549.[5] "A Real Hero" was nominated for a 2012 MTV Movie Award in the category of "Best Music".[6]

Spin magazine named "A Real Hero" one of the 20 Best Songs of 2011.[7]

Contrary to some reports in the press, the group did not name themselves after the 1989 album by dance pop star Debbie Gibson of the same name.[8]

Garrick said this to Rolling Stone Magazine in relation to the group's sound:

"The thought of recreating the past with music is not interesting to us, it's probably been the biggest misconception of our music and what we're about thus far. The reality is, we're much more interested in creating things for the future than things from the past. We are nostalgic people, not in the sense that we long for a different time, because we love the present, but how could we not be reminded of the past when every day, we see the person we had a crush on since 7th grade?"[2]

In late 2013 Electric Youth signed with Last Gang Records and Secretly Canadian.[9] On September 30, 2014 the band released their debut album "Innerworld" through Last Gang Records in Canada and Secretly Canadian in the rest of the world. "Innerworld" was produced by Electric Youth. Vince Clarke (Erasure/Yazoo/Depeche Mode) and Peter Mayes (PNAU/Empire of the Sun) provided additional production, and the album was mixed by Mayes. "Innerworld" includes previously released tracks 'The Best Thing' and 'A Real Hero (feat College)' [10] It received wide critical acclaim including NME [11] and NPR First Listen.[12]

Rolling Stone declared Electric Youth one of the Ten Artists You Need To Know in 2014.[2]

Electric Youth carried out their first headlining tour across the US and Canada in November, 2014.[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Innerworld (2014) (Secretly Canadian/Last Gang)
  • Breathing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from a Lost Film) (2017) (Milan)[14]
Singles/EPs
  • Runaway (2014) (Secretly Canadian/Last Gang)
  • A Real Hero with College (2012) (Watts Arcade)
  • Right Back to You (2011) (Watts Arcade)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electric Youth on CBC Music - Free Streaming Radio, Videos, Songs, Concerts & Playlists". music.cbc.ca. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Rolling Stone 10 Artists You Need To Know". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
  3. ^ "Various Artists: Drive OST | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-30. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  4. ^ "Electric Youth ignite Drive soundtrack | NOW Magazine". nowtoronto.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  5. ^ "College and Electric Youth Explain the Captain Sully Inspiration for Drive's 'Real Hero' -- Vulture". vulture.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  7. ^ "Spin 20 Best Songs of 2011". spin.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  8. ^ "Electric Youth twitter". twitter.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-30. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  9. ^ "CBC Music - Free Streaming Radio, Videos, Songs, Concerts & Playlists". music.cbc.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  10. ^ "Last Gang Records - Innerworld by Electric Youth". lastgangrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  11. ^ "NME Review". nme.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  12. ^ "NPR First Listen". npr.org. Archived from the original on 2014-09-22. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  13. ^ "Brooklynvegan". brooklynvegan.com. Archived from the original on 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2014-09-10.
  14. ^ "Electric Youth's Deeper Hidden Meaning". vehlinggo.com. Archived from the original on 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2018-09-15.

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