Shoegaze. Indie. Dreampop. All are apt descriptions of Youth Sounds, but how can one really classify gossamer vocals weaving modest melodies through moody synths, twinkling pianos, an acoustic guitar, and a distinct, danceable drumbeat? As far as the band is concerned, they’re not interested in a genre. They have set out to capture a nostalgic mood.
Youth Sounds officially began in the gulf’s cultural stronghold, New Orleans, in late 2009. Unofficially, the band began long before that. Siblings Erika and Federico Mejia sang in church choirs and taught themselves when their parents could no longer afford lessons.
“There are important memories that we all have, that for some reason or another are tied to whatever music spoke to us the most at that particular time,” says Federico Mejia. “It’s always the music of our youth, past loves, past successes and past failures and that’s what the name and our music encompasses.”
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