NEWS: Poor Young Things Bring "Let It Sleep" Back To Halifax

Five piece from Thunder Bay, Ontario have been supporting their debut EP Let It Sleep with coast to coast Canadian tour dates since it was released on January 24 on Bumstead. They return to Halifax next week. 

Poor Young Things need no sympathy. The rock ‘n’ roll band, made up of five resourceful focused musicians, gave up a contented life in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and headed for Toronto without knowing a soul. Within a year, the band had recorded with their dream producer Jon Drew (Arkells) and signed a deal with Bumstead Records.  Poor them, indeed.

Their debut EP, Let It Sleep, a precursor to a full-length album to be released later in 2012, is an emotive working-class rock record with songs primarily about the culture shock of a big city and surviving there.
Blame It On The Good Times was written about Toronto’s Dakota Tavern hideaway, hanging out until last call, soaking up the inspired music. “We can stay here with the rounders and listen to the Lo-Fi,” sings Matt Fratpietro. “It’s about going out on the town and having fun and getting swept away in all the downtown ruckus,” he explains.  

“Let It Sleep” is about the things you have to do to subsist in a big city when you’re trying not to get spat out. “We’re one step ahead of dying/ We fight the war on the weekend,” is one of the lyrics. “…maybe one day you get where you want to be.” “None of us have jobs. You have to scrape by as much as you can. You have to eat noodles only,” Matt laughs. “But it’s good; it shapes your personality.”
It also shapes the music Poor Young Things create, a kind of raw mix of Tom Petty meets Powderfinger.
“This music has totally been affected by Toronto and a lot of the indie bands down here,” says Matt. “You can go to the Dakota and check out a deadly roots band and then go to the Horseshoe and check out an awesome rock ‘n’ roll band.”

When Matt, guitarists Michael Kondakow and Dave Grant, bassist Scott Burke and drummer Konrad Commisso first formed a band after high school, the early incarnation had strains of roots and country. They adopted a rawer, rougher, rock ‘n’ roll sound once they relocated to the rawer rougher Toronto, at the behest of The Trews keyboardist Jeff Heisholt (also of Thunder Bay).

“We were going to move to Vancouver, but Jeff said, ‘Move here. It’s the epicenter of the whole music industry. I’ll help you get a demo together,’” says Matt. “We found a place and packed up and we all live together in a big house in North York.”

In May of 2011, the five cut a demo in Hamilton, ON, which got the attention of The Trews management and label. They began working together on a handshake when a fortuitous encounter led Poor Young Things to their fave producer.

“We had a chance meeting with his business partner,” Matt recounts. “He said, ‘I have a studio behind the Horseshoe, why don’t you come and check it out.’ And brought us there and Jon Drew was sitting in the room. We were like, ‘Holy shit.’”
Poor Young Things will continue to work on their debut album, while playing live and happily living on noodles. 

“Our goal is to be able to make a living doing this — doing music, touring, seeing the country and seeing other countries,” says Matt. “We don’t want to make millions of dollars. It would be nice, but it would also be nice to do what you’re passionate about for a living and be comfortable doing that.”

Poor Young Things Tour Dates

Mar 2 – Victoria, BC – 9one9 w/ The Trews
Mar 3 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre w/ The Trews
Mar 5 – Calgary, AB – Flames Central w/ The Trews
Mar 6 – Lethbridge, AB – The Stone w/ The Trews
Mar 7 – Edmonton, AB – Events Centre w/ The Trews
Mar 9 – Fort McMurray, AB – Nexen Fieldhouse w/ The Trews
Mar 10 – Saskatoon, SK – The Odeon w/ The Trews
Mar 12 – Winnipeg, MB – Essence @ Garden City w/ The Trews
Mar 14 – Yorkton, SK – Gallagher Convention Centre w/ The Trews
Mar 15 – North Battleford, SK – Gold Eagle Casino w/ The Trews
Mar 16 – Regina, SK – Regina Casino w/ The Trews
Mar 17 – Winnipeg, MB – The Oak w/ The Trews
Mar 19 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks w/ The Trews
Mar 21 – London, ON - London Music Hall w/ The Trews
Mar 23 – Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre w/ The Trews
Mar 24 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe (CMW Showcase)
Mar 28 – Moncton, NB – Plan B
Mar 29 – Charlottetown, PEI – Hunter’s
Mar 30 – Halifax, NS – Seahorse Tavern
Mar 31 – Fredericton, NB – The Capitol 

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