by Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 7 July 2009

My band shared a bill with Brooklyn neofolk outfit Cult of Youth when we opened for ex-Swans vocalist/keyboardist Jarboe. Though Cult of Youth can trace their lineage to bands like Death in June and Sol Invictus, frontman Sean Ragon’s almost screeching vocals and punkish songwriting made me think of the Pogues, which is a good thing. Unlike most other acts of this genre, Ragon and the constantly shifting roster of his live band have a less severe demeanor, making them rather more fun to watch.