One of our favorite releases from 2015 was Middleweights by The Charming Youngsters. who are now based out of Durham, NC. It received some high praise from the podcast, Last Week’s Albums, and also made triangle-area Indy Week‘s top 25 local albums of the year.
Middleweights wrestles with themes related to the gravitas and sudden anxiety of full-fledged adulthood. While it was released last summer, the writing and recording process occurred over years. In that time, things got kind of heavy for the Youngsters; as they changed locales, started careers, lost bandmates, and endured personal strife and challenges. It shirks the cliché of living the rock-n-roll dream and realizing it’s a fantasy, by giving us a dose of reality spiked with the weariness and discomforts of growing up.
“Brave Me” [stream]
“Sitting for Days” [stream]
Cheers from rainy Greenville, NC