September 7, 2012
Sauna Youth - 'Dreamlands'
An irresistible debut of colourful pogo-ready rhythms
7 / 10
Ever worry you’ve rewinded that ‘man slides through mud into girl’s piss’ YouTube vid from V Festival one too many times? That your friendships have become a series of ‘Likes’? Well, allow London-via-Brighton DIY punks Sauna Youth to liven you up. Their debut ‘Dreamlands’ is a call to shut down all those tabs you’ve got open and go wild to songs that are whiplashing, heavy and hard. “We want somewhere to playyyyy”, they shout on ‘Planned Designs’ over a frantic tumble of guitars. Then comes ‘Snapback’ (“I’m waiting for anything to feel alive!”), a colourful vomit of pogo-ready rhythms, and the irresistible chug of ‘PSI Girls’. Goodbye hilarious cat GIFs, hello sweaty joy.
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