Today YOUTH FOUNTAIN captures a sense of nostalgia with the release of two new singles, “My Mental Health” and “Century” in one video. These singles perfectly reflect the melancholy tone of the album to come; Keepsakes & Reminders is set to release on November 5th.
While the music video leaves you yearning for the past and longing to fit in: “’My Mental Health’ is written about my struggle with wanting to fit into social groups and be anyone but myself in hopes to be accepted but always feeling alone and broken in any situation. ‘Century’ reflects the sense of nostalgic memories of when I was a kid and how everything really didn’t matter back then. Life keeps going by way too fast and in the grand scheme of what ‘time’ is, I’ll be gone and I just wish everything would slow down”. -Tyler Zanon
What began as a solo project by guitarist/vocalist Tyler Zanon in 2013 under the name Bedroom Talk eventually blossomed into a full-blown band by 2017, with the Vancouver-based Youth Fountain (then a duo) proudly announcing their presence with the debut single “Grinding Teeth” and a pair of Pure Noise Records releases that expertly toed the line between pop-punk fervor and more reflective emo moments.
Alternative Press hailed the band’s 2019 debut full-length, “Letters To Our Former Selves”, as one of the year’s very best, dubbing it the “perfect blend of emo-tinged punk to soundtrack reflecting on every single life decision you’ve ever made”, while North American tours with the likes of Free Throw, Can’t Swim, and Chris Farren cemented Youth Fountain’s sweat-soaked sound as something best experienced live – all while dodging a few stray elbows and overzealous crowd-surfers.
Now once again, Zanon finds himself as a solo artist following the departure of co-vocalist Cody Muraro in mid-2020 – but this time, he’s exactly where he wants to be. Youth Fountain’s most recent release, “Letters To Our Former Selves” – Acoustic EP, re-introduces Zanon’s project to the world, reimagining fan favorite material from the 2019 LP of the same name. The four-song collection tones down Youth Fountain’s trademark frenetic energy in favor of more subdued, melodic sensibilities, but expertly does so without sacrificing an ounce of the passion that captivated fans in the first place.
If anything, his toxic-tongued lyricism – much of it pointed inward in intense self-reflection – reverberates even louder without a sonic wall shrouding it. Not content to let the more serene setting mellow him out, Zanon pushes his vocals to the limit across the EP, stepping into the spotlight with the confidence and chops to assuage those concerned about the band’s future.
With a new energy and determination empowering Zanon, there’s a lot on the horizon for Youth Fountain. He’s been spending the pandemic hard at work readying the next full-band LP, and re-centering himself on why he began making music in the first place. In many ways, this musical rebirth is the best thing that could have ever happened for him, a chance for him to fall back in love with his own songwriting ability and bravely dare to continue pushing its limits under no one’s terms but his own.
Keepsakes & Reminders has already begun to attract the masses, with the album’s debut single “Scavenger” being picked up for rotation on SiriusXM Faction Punk and idobi radio. Watch the video for “My Mental Health/Century” via Dreambound here. Youth Fountain will release their new LP, Keepsakes & Reminders via Pure Noise Records on November 5, 2021 and can be pre-ordered here. Keep up with Youth Fountain’s upcoming announcements and releases HERE.
Youth Fountain are touring EU in February 2022 supporting Cory Wells.
February 3 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Kavka
February 4 – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo
February 5 – Münster, Germany @ Skaters Palace Cafe
February 6 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
February 7 – Nuremberg, Germany @ Z-Bau
February 9 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Club Cann
February 10 – Solothurn, Switzerland @ Kofmehl Raumbar
February 11 – Munich, Germany @ Backstage
February 12 – Budapest, Hungary @ Robot
February 13 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Café V Lese
February 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Stengade
February 16 – Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
February 17 – Leipzig, Germany @ Naumanns
February 18 – Hamburg, Germany @ Indra
February 19 – Cologne, Germany @ MTC