New Music – Cult Of Youth, ‘Garden Of Delights’

Cult Of Youth are one of a new breed of groups – see also: Cold Cave, Xeno & Oaklander, RØSENKØPF – pushing New York away from dance-punk and skinny ties and into altogether darker realms.

The project of one Sean Ragon, who also runs New York’s Heaven Street Records and its affiliated record label Blind Prophet, Cult Of Youth debuted back in 2008 with ‘A Stick To Bind, A Seed To Grow’. But their third record, ‘Love Will Prevail’, sounds like their defining moment so far: a bold and beautiful folk-punk with shades of The Pogues’ bloody-nosed romance and a heart as black as pitch. Here’s ‘Garden Of Delights’, a doom-laden taster for the album, out next month on Sacred Bones.

They’re playing Incubate Festival in Tilberg, Holland on September 16 on a bill with The Men, Iceage and Elias from Iceage’s new band, Var – and they hit the UK immediately after on a short headline tour. Dates below.

Colchester The Arts Centre, (September 18), Brighton The Hope (Sep 19), London Birthdays (20), Glasgow Captain’s Rest (22) Manchester Kraak Gallery (23), Bristol The Croft (25)