Young Fathers have released a new song “Rain Or Shine” as well as details on their next album, “White Men Are Black Men Too,” due April 7 on Big Dada.
The album was put together throughout 2014 during their world tour and completed in their Edinburgh studio. Young Fathers (G Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole) call their sound rock, pop and hip hop, but are only offering those genres as a guideline to help others understand their new kind of fusion.
Young Fathers realize the album title turns heads, and they’re ready with an answer.
According to a press release: This is an extract from an email exchange between members of the group and management. In this extract Alloysious passionately explains his reasoning against worries that the title of the album could be seen as offensive to black people and/or could be seen as negative or pretentious.
19 Jan 2015
“I still prefer the first title by far and stand by it.
“I’m aware of the points we’ve discussed but all that sounds like to me is, we are trying to cater to what other people might think, as if it’s a negative thing, which it’s not. We came at it from a different angle, a positive angle. it’s got issues of race and so what? Why should alarm bells start ringing, even though in general conversations race, politics, sex and religion are always the subject matter? Why should it be discussed behind closed doors and never confronted head on?
“How do we help tackle one of the biggest hinderances in people’s lives and the world by not putting the question forward and not letting people debate positively or negatively about the statement?
“Motown music helped change the world, made it expectable for blacks to be on radio and seen on tv, MJ did it too. Martin Luther King wanted equality and achieved it to some degree. But, after all that, are things equal in this world? FUCK NO. I still want to ask for it (equality) backed with the best music we’ve ever recorded. A pop album, our interpretation of what a pop album should be.
“Weight with words, which is the title plus the pop sensibility of the songs (respectively).
“I wanna stand for something which I helped make. Folk will complain about absolutely anything… Even if it’s it from the purest of intentions you just can’t win. We don’t make music to please other people or write certain lyrics to do so, either. Why start now?
“When the title was first put forward everybody was excited and 100% there was no fear. That same commitment needs be carried on to make it work despite worries after it’s been digested.
Young Fathers are also getting ready for a U.S. tour this spring, kicking off April 9
Apr 09 Boston, MA – Great Scott
Apr 10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Apr 11 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Apr 12 Washington, VA – Rock N Roll Hotel
Apr 14 Raleigh, NC – Kings
Apr 15 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell Stage)
Apr 16 New Orleans, LA – Republic
Apr 17 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
Apr 18 Dallas, TX – Trees
Apr 19 Austin, TX – Parish
Apr 21 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Apr 22 San Diego, CA – Casbah
Apr 24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Apr 25 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Apr 29 Portland, OR – Holocene
Apr 30 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
May 01 Victoria, BC – Distrikt
May 02 Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 05 Boise, ID – Neurolux
May 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
May 07 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
May 08 Lincoln, NE – Vega
May 09 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
May 10 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
May 13 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
May 14 Nashville, TN – Exit In
May 16 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Fest