Youth Group is a terrific indie-pop quartet from Australia that may remind you of a good many good things: The melodic power-pop of mid-to-late-period Teenage Fanclub; the refined art-rock of the Church; and the jangly dream-pop of a slew of Flying Nun bands from the 80s and early 90s (the Chills, the Clean, Volcano Suns, et al.). And frontman Toby Martins engaging, dramatic vocals have bits of Morrissey and the Shins James Mercer floating around in it, too. While theyre showing signs of synthesizing that stuff into their own sound and style, it might take another album or two before casual listeners are able to distinguish Youth Group from its obvious influences. Still, those particular influences and the way Youth Group absorbs them and spits them back out are great enough that you certainly wont mind being held under their sway live.
Thu., May 14, 9 p.m., 2009