Free download of Young Fathers’ new “Rain Or Shine”

White Men are Black Men Too

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.”


Listen to “Rain Or Shine” via Soundcloud, and if you like that, visit to get a free download of the song (if you sign up for their mailing list).

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


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