Back in March, Yung frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær was screaming the chorus to ‘God’ just before midnight on a dreary Monday. The punk quartet, from Aarhus in Denmark, were due to play east London’s Old Blue Last, but a power cut forced them to head down the road to The Shacklewell Arms. The crowd was drunk and the gig was a chaotic mess. But it was brilliant, and ‘God’ – a two-and-a-half-minute headache of guitars, drums and Mikkel’s throat-ripping screams – was one of the best songs they played.
Those who bought Yung’s excellent ‘Alter’ EP on the back of that show might have been disappointed not to find ‘God’ on the tracklist. Thankfully, they’ve included it on ‘These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores’, another six-track volley of disdain and pent-up frustration due on September 18. “They always walk away/Oh God I wish they’d stay,” offers Mikkel at the beginning, before the guitars sharpen underneath him and he lets rip with the first of many shouts of “In my miiiimd!” in the chorus. There’s not a great deal to it after that, but when the riffs are as fast and dirty as these, there doesn’t need to be. Mikkel and fellow guitarist Emil Zethsen play so rapidly, you can imagine their fingers bleeding; bassist Tobias Guldborg Tarp and drummer Frederik Nybo Veilie sound just as powerful.
Click below to listen, but the best place to experience ‘God’ is at one of Yung’s three forthcoming UK shows (they play Brighton Hope on September 21, London Sebright Arms on September 23 and Liverpool Psych Fest on September 25).
The ‘These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores’ EP is out on September 18 via Tough Love in the UK and Fat Possum in America.