Conceived in Launceston, recorded in Manly, Marrickville, Paris and Los Angeles and mastered in Seattle, the 2014 debut album by J. Robert Youngtown is a testament to the tyranny of distance not being a barrier.
The Tasmanian artist has amassed something of a supergroup, featuring You Am I drummer Rusty Hopkinson, multi-instrumentalist & co-producer Jon Auer of The Posies/Big Star and Redd Kross/OFF! bassist Steven McDonald. This feat is even more impressive considering his reclusiveness and geographical isolation.
The album zigzags through a garage rock, 60's British pop and 90′s power-pop charged musical path, mining that rich terrain and throws in a few thoughtful and intriguing oddities for good measure. Combining a deep love of four chord rock and majestic jangly pop ballads, ‘Moderate Aspects’ is filled with alluring melodies and rich aural textures paying homage to the indomitable guitar yet nimbly manages to keep left of center enough to surprise.
J. Robert has combined bits and pieces from the unique sonic universe he inhabits in creating ‘Moderate Aspects‘ and he’s very pleased to reveal the first video clip from the album. Check out the video for the single 'Maybe Tomorrow" here:
Check out the video for the latest single "What You Do" here:
Moderate Aspects, by just about any stretch of the critical imagination, is a quality powerpop record. – Beat Magazine
A throwback to the glory days of rock’n’roll (4 stars) – The Mercury
It’s a total throwback to the mid-’90s golden age of Matthew Sweet and Sloan – and arguably even further back than that.- Mess and Noise (Hypnotised By A Mirror, 7” single)
He’s a gentle fellow whose calm demeanor barely covers a mischievous edge. - Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, REM)
released April 21, 2014
The following musicians played on this recording:
J. Robert Youngtown - Lead Vocal and Guitar
Jon Auer - Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Guitar
Russell Hopkinson - Drums
Steven McDonald - Bass
Tim Kevin - Guitar, Keyboards, Bass
Recorded by Tim Kevin at Oceanic Studio, Manly and Grey Nurse Studio, Marrickville
Additional recording by Jon at Port Cergy, Paris and Steven in Los Angeles, California
Mixed by Jon Auer at Port Cergy, Paris
Mastered by Jason Lackie at Fastback Studios, Seattle
Artwork by Lee Devito
Cover photo by Matthew Labedzki
Inlay photo by Scott Gelston
All songs written by James Dilger except 'Always Tomorrow' written by Kurt Bloch.
For all bookings contact Brad Harbeck at Vanguard Bookings.
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for Tourism and the Arts.