Rock is dead? If this is legitimately what you believe then you clearly haven’t been looking hard enough. Perhaps the days of smashing guitars over people’s heads and levelling a stack of Marshall amps are behind us but to say the genre is dead is reductive at best and simply ignorant at worst.
Providing evidence against that very statement is London-based alt-rock outfit Youth Illusion and they have no issue carving the ‘rock is dead’ to pieces with their honed arsenal of vicious aural blades; their latest of which, ‘Help Me To Believe’, is a sheer triumph.
Continuing their distinct palette of ‘Biffy-meets-Rise Against’, the track sees the band unleash utter hellfire with a robust instrumental that matches the strength of the song’s key message. It speaks of finding light, finding hope through fields of adversity – linking back to the band’s own troubles with drug abuse, mental health strife and founding member Zach’s own experiences as a paramedic during the pandemic.
Youth Illusion deliver the perfect fists-to-the-sky hook for such a sentiment, a stadium-sized belter that places them far beyond what their underrated status may suggest. Better still, ‘Help Me To Believe’ is a mere cog in the grand machine of the band’s upcoming six-track EP ‘Seeking Answers In Silence’ and if the final product is even half as good as the single then the ‘rock is dead’ camp will certainly have a lot of their own words to eat.
The track, among many things, proves that Youth Illusion is destined for great things. Whether that be sell-out tours, chart-topping records or legions of followers; it’s no longer a question of ‘if’, just ‘when?’.
Seeking Answers In Silence is available everywhere on 25/03/22! Connect with the band below: