Houston’s Young Mammals’ new CD “Alto Seco” is due out Oct. 7, 2014 on Odd Hours Records.
“Ten tracks that range from blustery power-pop to hushed art punk, with a youthful energy pushing equally through evocative guitar chords and gutsy vocals.” -Impose
Alto Seco is the second album from Houston’s Young Mammals, out October 7th, 2014 on Odd Hours Records.
Despite all the racket in their pop, there is a quiet charisma that radiates from Young Mammals, something they may not even be aware of. The childhood friends of Cley Miller (guitar) and brothers Jose (bass) and Carlos Sanchez (vocals, guitar) have been have been making music together since middle school, first with an EP as The Dimes, then followed by Young Mammals’ full-length Carrots and two seven-inches. All modestly released, these records have hit hard for those lucky enough to come across them, resulting in invitations to play at CMJ, SXSW, Noise Pop, and Iceland Airwaves. Alto Seco will undoubtedly have the same satisfying effect on the listener.
Recorded by Steve Christensen and mastered by Sarah Register, its ten songs continue with a strong sense of adventure and occasional conquest that Young Mammals have become known for. Drawing inspiration from an arsenal of decades and genres, Alto Seco yields a sound that has not been pureed in the blender, but instead carefully arranged. It’s equally familiar and exciting: each ingredient defined and logical, yet each bite surprises. “Speedboy” is brilliantly structured, taking your hand and racing you through a forest of cut-measures and scale-jogging guitar lines before dropping you off in the loudest open clearing. “Not The Guy” broods and mopes with a knowing confidence in its rewarding payoff. “Rabies” will transport you simultaneously to 1956 and 2056. Throughout the spiraling seven minutes of “Littlefield”, there is never a lost sense of purpose.
Rather, there is a strong compass throughout Alto Seco (that means “high and dry” by the way), thanks in part to the band bringing nearly-realized compositions to the table. Music and lyrics for “Idle Fire” were written by Jose, and the foundation of “Nance” is the demo version Cley originally showed his bandmates. Songs like “Queen” and “Lose The Grip” are buoyed by Justin Terrell’s drumming, allowing Miller to explore guitar equipment donated by friends from his Houston musical community after the theft of his own. This is a prime example of the quartet’s wanderlust; Young Mammals are thankfully still youthful.
Alto Seco is a compulsive pop record that bursts with pride, and Young Mammals will surely infect each listener with their genuine enthusiasm. It sounds organic because it is organic. That quiet charisma is very audible.