CFA Thursdays: The Mouthbreathers’ Corrupt the Youth EP

With the buzz of Lawnya Vawnya 2014 still in the air, it's a good week to mention the new release of an LV Alumni band: The Mouthbreathers' Corrupt the Youth EP.

Mouthbreathers EP

With the buzz of Lawnya Vawnya 2014 still in the air, it’s a good week to mention the new release of an LV Alumni band: The Mouthbreathers’ Corrupt the Youth EP.

There’s plenty of new bands around Atlantic Canada (and St. John’s) trying to sound like these guys, and most come up short in the departments of Phat Hooks and Authenticity — two things The Mouthbreathers have successfully nailed on this EP. If it’s not an oxymoron, there’s a refined rawness on this record; the band remains true to their sound, but with a crisp album that anyone with a sensible taste in music will enjoy. These are catchy, sing-along songs minus the radio-pop feel, and every one of them is immediately engaging.

Corrupt the Youth is easily their best release yet, and every second of all four songs is old-school indie gold. This is a great EP that sounds like The Coming of Summer, steeped in so much of what was good about the 1990s. These guys hail out of one of Canada’s best-known musical hotbeds, Sackville New Brunswick, and Corrupt the Youth more than strengthens their hold as one of the best things happening in New Brunswick right now. Fun fact: The Mouthbreathers and are 3/4th’s of another Sackville band (Yellowteeth) + Lucy Niles on guitar and vocals.

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  • can you post some of the bands that are trying to mimic mouthbreathers? i cant really think of any that try. further, while i really love mouthbreathers (like, a serious amount of love), they are derivative in their own amazing way. i mean, did you even listen to “college rock”?

    • Calling The Mouthbreathers “Authentic” is just a nicer way of saying derivative (you can’t be authentic to a sound that doesn’t exist yet), and of course they are derivative. 90% of bands are derivative, kind of impossible not to be. I doubt anyone is trying to mimic The Mouthbreathers per se, just that there’s a lot of new bands emerging that are not quite nailing this sound as well as they are. That’s all that was meant here — and it was meant as a complement to The Mouthbreathers, not a slam to others. A lot of bands these days write one good song, think they’re great, and record a mediocre 3 or 4 song EP. Not often an album plays through this great these days. As for listing such bands, that’d just be prick-ish (and opinionated). The Overcast is more of a promotional vehicle than a critical medium. This post is about The Mouthbreathers being good and having a great new EP, not other bands and their stuff.

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