Radio airplay is still a thrill for an emerging artist, but these days, so is hearing your song when it’s played on television.
“Each licensing opportunity is special in its own way,” says Young Rising Sons singer-guitarist Andy Tongren. “For me, however, it’s most exciting when I hear [our band’s music] come on without warning.”
That happened during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, when the soaring Young Rising Sons song “High” was used as intro music prior to 5 Seconds of Summer’s performance of “Amnesia.”
“The second I changed the channel to MTV that night, ‘High’ was the first thing I heard — pretty cool,” Tongren recalls.
“High” was part of the first Young Rising Sons EP, released in 2014 on Dirty Canvas/Interscope Records. For the follow-up EP, The Kids Will Be Fine, the Red Bank, New Jersey-based band went to a studio in Mount Kisco, New York, and worked once again with the team of Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta and Christian Medice.
“While our first EP was a good introduction to the band,” Tongren says, “we felt there was a sense of depth we failed to convey. The Kids Will Be Fine dives more into who we are as people and who we are becoming as artists. While we don’t abandon our identity, we felt it was important to show our fans a deeper, perhaps more introspective side to our band before unveiling a full-length album.”
Having toured a lot in support of the first Young Rising Sons EP, Tongren says that finding time to write and flesh out ideas for the second EP was a challenge.
“It was a bit more sporadic and random,” he adds, “but I think that gave us a chance to really sit with the work we were doing and critique ourselves in order to make sure we could all be proud of it.”
Due Oct. 16 on Dirty Canvas/Interscope, The Kids Will Be Fine contains five songs, among them the moody “Coming Home,” which Tongren feels as though has “lived several lives.”
“It’s been through many stages of critiques and always seemed to tell a bit of a different story after each one,” he explains. “At its core, we essentially took the idea of ‘home’ and raised the question: ‘What does home actually mean?’ Is it a place, a person or a figment of our imaginations we’ve fabricated to feel comfort? [We also explored] what happens when you can’t find your way and lose that sense of home, what must you do to get it back — and at what cost.”
Asked about the timetable for a Young Rising Sons album, Tongren says one is on the horizon for 2016.
“Most of the album is written, and a lot of it recorded,” he says. “However, we will continue to write and develop new ideas, and if they are any good, you can expect to hear them on our first full-length.”
— By Chris M. Junior
Young Rising Sons on tour (schedule subject to change):
• Oct. 28: Constellation Room — Santa Ana, California
• Oct. 29: Club Bahia — Los Angeles
• Oct. 30: Crescent Ballroom — Phoenix
• Oct. 31: Lowbrow Palace — El Paso, Texas
• Nov. 2: The Parish — Austin, Texas
• Nov. 3: House of Blues — Dallas
• Nov. 4: Fitzgerald’s Downstairs — Houston
• Nov. 6: The Loft — Atlanta
• Nov. 9: The Shelter — Detroit
• Nov. 10: Double Door — Chicago
• Nov. 11: Southgate House — Newport, Kentucky
• Nov. 12: Grog Shop — Cleveland
• Nov. 14: The Waiting Room — Buffalo, New York
• Nov. 17: The 8×10 — Baltimore
• Nov. 18: Higher Ground Showcase Lounge — South Burlington, Vermont
• Nov. 19: The Hollow — Albany, New York
• Nov. 20: The Space — Hamden, Connecticut
• Nov. 21: Fillmore Philadelphia — Philadelphia
• Nov. 22: Brooklyn Bowl — Brooklyn, New York
• Nov. 24: Brighton Bar — Long Branch, New Jersey
Young Rising Sons photo by Jesse De Florio