“Of all my bands, this name makes the most sense of all,” explains FORMER MEMBER frontman Jason Shevchuk. “I have a musical past. Anything I do musically comes with baggage. No matter what I do, I’ll always be a former member of something.” Shevchuk messing around on his guitar with no agenda and Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip having the urge to play drums lead to the culmination of their debut album Old Youth which is set for a worldwide release on July 13th via Yip’s very own Memory Music.
The album was co-produced by Yip and Shevchuk. Drums were tracked at the legendary Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA while guitars, bass, and vocals were recorded at different times. From the mesmerizing opening track “Cold Open” to the non-stop head nodding single “Morocco At The In The Morning” to the arousing and anthemic “Prospector” to the downbeat “First Threshold” – Old Youth sounds like what you’d expect out of this duo but vastly surpasses your own expectations.
Jason Shevchuk is the mastermind behind Former Member. He’s best known for fronting influential Philadelphia-based hardcore punk band Kid Dynamite and New Jersey’s punk rock outfit None More Black. Will Yip is one of the most in-demand producers in independent music. His credits include a multitude of bands including Quicksand, The Menzingers, Circa Survive, Tigers Jaw, and Title Fight. In addition to his production, he also owns Memory Music and is the Head of A&R and Brand Ambassador over at Atlantic’s Black Cement.
1. Cold Open
2. Peanut Gallery
3. Double Scoop of Trouble (Looking For a Cone)
4. Morocco At Two In the Morning
5. Root Notes
6. Mendoza Line
7. The Fall For Fergie Jenkins
8. First Threshold
10. Goat of Dover