Sauna Youth

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Sauna Youth
Origin London, England
Genres Post-punk
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels Faux Discx, Gringo Records, Upset The Rhythm
Associated acts
Members Rich Phoenix
Lindsay Corstorphine
Christopher Murphy
Jen Calleja
Past members Reza Mirehsan

Sauna Youth is a London-based post punk band formed by ex-members of punk bands The Steal and Captain Everything in 2009. They have released two albums, Dreamlands (2012) and Distractions (2015), and various singles.[1]

The current members of Sauna Youth also play in the band Monotony, an alter ego of sorts where they all switch instruments. The two bands released a split single on Upset The Rhythm in 2015.[1]


Sauna Youth formed in 2009 with members living between Brighton and London. The original lineup of vocalist Rich Phoenix (previously of Captain Everything and The Steal), guitarist Lindsay Corstorphine (previously of The Steal), bassist Christopher Murphy, and drummer Reza Mirehsan, made a demo tape titled Planet Sounds, then followed it up with their first single, the self-released "Youth" in 2010. The Mad Mind cassette came out that same year, with their second single "Lists" and a split with Ale Mania in 2011.

That year Mirehsan left, Phoenix moved over to drums, and Jen Calleja joined on vocals and sampler. Their first full-length album was co-released by Faux Discx and Gringo Records in 2012. After a single in 2013, "False Jesii Pt. 2," the band began work on their second album. During the sessions they decided to switch instruments and form a second band, Monotony. Before the album's release in June 2015, their new label Upset the Rhythm put out a split Sauna Youth/Monotony single that May.

Sauna Youth have recorded several sessions for Marc Riley on his BBC 6 Music radio show from 2014 to 2016 (as well as one as Monotony).[2] They also appeared as both incarnations on the made for iPlayer live music show he presented in 2015.[2]

In July 2018 the band announced their new album, Deaths, with first single "Percentages". It was released on 7th September again via Upset The Rhythm.[3] In advance of the album’s release they toured the UK with Protomartyr in August, before which they also played the Visions Festival 2018 pre-party with Fucked Up in London.[3]




  • Youth - Self Released, 7", MP3 (2010)
  • Mad Mind - Suplex Cassettes, Cassette, MP3 (2010)
  • Lists - Self Released, 7", MP3 (2011)
  • False Jesii Pt. II - Static Shock Records, 7", MP3 (2013)
  • The Bridge - Upset The Rhythm, 7", MP3 (2015)

Split Releases[edit]

  • Split with Ale Mania - Faux Discx, 7", MP3 (2011)
  • Split with Full Ugly, Omi Palone, The Stevens - Paradise Vendors Inc, 7", MP3 (2012)
  • Split with Monotony - Upset The Rhythm, 7", MP3, (2015)


  1. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Sauna Youth Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Search Filter Programmes Sauna Youth". BBC. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "SAUNA YOUTH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DEATHS' - HEAR FURIOUS FIRST TRACK 'PERCENTAGES'". DIY. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Catling, Simon Jay (18 June 2015). "Sauna Youth Distractions". The Quietus. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Scott, Hayley (8 July 2015). "Sauna Youth - Distractions". Clash Music. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  6. ^ Appleyard, James (28 May 2015). "Sauna Youth formulate an exciting lit-punk fusion in their new album Distractions". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  7. ^ Jones, Ross. "Album Review: Sauna Youth - 'Distractions'". DIY. Retrieved 28 February 2018.