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Young Benjamins (Saskatoon, SK)

 

There may be something in the water in Saskatchewan of late. Young Benjamins are the newest of the exceptional bands to come out of that Canadian Province. Fronted by UK born (grandson of Iranian farmers) Neusha  YOUNG BENJAMINS PHOTOMofazzali on lead guitar and vocals. He is joined by Fransaskois multi - instrumentalist,  Veronique Poulin on violin, glockenspiel, keys and vocals. Brynn Krysa (bass) and Kuba Szmigielsky (percussions) provide a rock solid and innovative rhythm section.  

On LESS ARGUE, Young Benjamins combine folk and rock with a subtle but effective dose of pop and a focused use of minor chords, creating a sound that is infectious and refreshing. The album, comprised of 11 original tracks was recorded in Saskatoon at Avenue Recording Studios and mastered in Athens, GA by John Keane (Cowboy Junkies, REM, Indigo Girls).

Less Argue begins with "Colonial Pt. I" sung by Poulin. Her slightlyYB track listing  haunting vocals set the tone for an album that stays interesting to the final chord. The rest of the album finds Mofazzali primarily on lead vocals; a distinctive vocal with a slightly perceptible British accent. "Out There (In The Wild)" has a pop-anthemic quality to it. "Young Argument" builds around a simple vocal and guitar part, ultimately being fleshed out with percussion, bass and keys. The 55 second track, "Green Eyes" is a love song based on a poem written by Mofazzali's grandfather originally in Farsi. "Oh Marie" is a stand out track full of violin flourishes and the aforementioned pop-sensibility. "Colonial Pt. II" uses "OHs" and handclaps effectively leaving the listener wanting more.

Young benjamins released a 3 song EP in 2012 and made a strong impact in their home province. Planet S Magazine calls them the "Best new band in Saskatoon" and describes the music as; "folky without being steeped in granola, Indie rock without being pretentious hipsters, and like-ably poppy without using the devil's autotune, creating comfortable songs that still have a cunning uniqueness to them....Their sound could lazily be termed guitar-driven indie folk rock, though that wouldn't really do them justice". In their relatively short career the band have shared stages with; Wintersleep, Shotgun Jimmie, Library Voices. Wilderness of manitoba, Pokey Lafarge, July talk and many more. In 2012 they played Regina folk Festival's main stage opening for Austra and STARS.