"Here's another ticket..."
Whispered and reverberating as if they were recorded inside a snare drum, three unassuming words invite you in to Young Fathers' second studio album, White Men Are Black Men Too. There's no subtle meaning or potential metaphor associated with this particular phrase. Its sole purpose is to begin the twelve-song journey through racial discourse, late-twenties self-reflection, and liberated shame, all while being shepherded by some of today's strongest and most melodious pop music.
A year ago this month, the trio from Edinburgh, Scotland (featuring Kayus Bankole, Graham "G" Hastings, and Alloysious Massaquoi) made their New York debut at the Bowery Ballroom in support of Dead, their record that would go on to be awarded the prestigious Mercury Prize (think the Grammys, but with value and British), beating out FKA twigs and Damon Albarn. Throughout 2014 they toured our country, driving state by state, gobbling up radio reception, and absorbing influences spanning Top 40 hits to Mexican soul.
"The idea of the album came up in America," acknowledges Hastings. "You have some great radio stations here that are quite alien to us, coming from Britain."More »