Release Date: May 10, 2011
Record label: Wichita
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Hardcore, Indie Rock
This is what you get when you put together a member of YCNI:M and Bloc Party... When you stick members of two of the UK’s best and most progressive acts of recent times – Yourcodenameis:milo and Bloc Party – in a band it’s no surprise to hear the resulting record is a melting pot of compelling ideas executed with stunning precision. ‘Crisis Works’ is at base a heavy rock record, the likes of ‘Twin Victory’ an absolute whirlwind of crushing riffs.
What began as a single-track collaboration for Yourcodenameis:milo’s [b]‘Print Is Dead’[/b] sessions now finds itself 12 tracks deep and burnt to polycarbonate. Formed during the respective hiatuses of Paul Mullen’s [a]The Automatic[/a] and Gordon Moakes’ [a]Bloc Party[/a], [a]Young Legionnaire[/a] are forging their own path with this elegantly forceful record. [b]‘Chapter, Verse’[/b] crunches heavy under the weight of its own dissonance as Mullen’s vocal lines transform it into a proper post-rock singalong, while [b]‘Nova Scotia’[/b] throbs like a lost gem from [b]‘Silent Alarm’[/b].
A very respectable debut, and one that deserves an eventual sequel. Mike Diver 2011 To some, Young Legionnaire is a super-group in the sense that members have previously played in other, well-received bands (and continue to). To others, they’re a super group exclusively on their own merits. To these ears: a bit of both.