Young Galaxy

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Young Galaxy
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Indie pop, dream pop, synthpop
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels Paper Bag Records
Arts & Crafts
Members Stephen Ramsay
Catherine McCandless
Stephen Kamp
Andrea Silver
Matt Shapiro
Past members Pat Sayers
Susan Beckett
Stephen Durand
Liam O' Neill
James Lynn
Max Henry

Young Galaxy is a Canadian indie pop/dream pop band formed in 2005 in Vancouver, whose members are Stephen Ramsay (vocals/guitar), Catherine McCandless (vocals/keyboards), Stephen Kamp (bass/vocals), Matthew Shapiro (keys/guitar), and Andrea Silver (drums).[1]


Young Galaxy formed in Vancouver as a duo including Stephen Ramsay and Catherine McCandless. Through that summer of 2005 and the spring of 2006 they recorded with appearances and contributions of friends at Jace Lasek’s Breakglass Studio. Their sound has been described as similar to the bands Slowdive, Galaxie 500 and Luna as well as Pink Floyd and Spiritualized.[2] The band has toured in Canada, The United States and Europe, opening for Arcade Fire, Peter, Bjorn and John, Stars and Death Cab For Cutie. They later moved to Montreal, where they recorded their self-titled debut. The album was released April 24, 2007 on Arts & Crafts.[3]

They recorded their second album Invisible Republic in Montreal at Hotel2Tango studio with Radwan Moumneh engineering (A Silver Mt. Zion, Pas Chic Chic) and at Breakglass Studios with Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes engineering. Invisible Republic was released independently[4] on August 25, 2009. It was mixed by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Snow Patrol) in Glasgow, Scotland. It was subsequently released in July 2010 in the US by Paper Bag Records, and received a long list nomination for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. The band followed up in fall 2010 with YG No Art EP, an EP comprising unreleased tracks and remixes from the Invisible Republic sessions.

Their third album, Shapeshifting, was produced by Dan Lissvik of the band Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is described as a massive change in direction creatively. The album was released in February 2011 on Paper Bag Records.[5] and April 2011 in Europe through the Norwegian label, Smalltown Supersound. The album was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in 2011 and made it to many year-end lists. Shortly after the release of Shapeshifting, two remix EPs for the singles from that album, 'Cover Your Tracks' and 'We Have Everything', were released and featured remixes from bands and producers who are friends with Young Galaxy. Following that, 'Versus', another free remix EP was released, which featured Young Galaxy remixing songs of their friends in other bands.

Young Galaxy's fourth album, Ultramarine, was released on April 23, 2013.[6] In June 2013, the album was shortlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. This was their first album in which all lead vocals were performed by one person (McCandless).

Falsework is scheduled for release on October 30th, 2015 as their fifth album. As with the previous two albums, Dan Lissvik is the producer and a synth pop sound will continue to be present.[7]




  • 2006 Swing Your Heartache
  • 2010 YG No Art
  • 2011 Cover Your Tracks
  • 2011 We Have Everything
  • 2011 Versus
  • 2012 "Shoreless Kid/Youth Is Wasted On The Young" (7" single)


  1. ^ Kenyon Hopkin. "Young Galaxy Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-13.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ Liss, Sarah (2007-01-18). "Galaxy quest". Now (newspaper). Retrieved 2007-02-05. 
  3. ^ Library and Archives Canada. "AMICUS No. 33343928". Retrieved 2011-02-13.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Library and Archives Canada. "AMICUS No. 36192077". Retrieved 2011-02-13.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ Library and Archives Canada. "AMICUS No. 38929686". Retrieved 2011-02-13.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "Young Galaxy Announce New Album ‘Ultramarine’!". 2013-01-18. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Alex (2015-08-04). "Young Galaxy Re-Team with Dan Lissvik for 'Falsework'". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 

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