2019 sees the launch of a brand new feature on our site, “H2N Discovers”; articles aimed at showcasing some artists you may not yet have come across, or artists we might not normally feature, from the UK and abroad. Our first ever “Discovers” act is Rule of Young, a Cleveland based artist consisting of a doctor, an accountant and a Masters of Music!
The band describe themselves as one “using piano, split male-female lead vocals and upright bass to create music that is dark, progressive, and redefines pop” and they’ve been lucky to work with the great Jim Wirt to produce their debut single, which was released on January 4th this year.
There are few bands out there that effectively combine male and female vocals. In recent times, the better bands include Lady Antebellum and of course Arcade Fire, but on the whole, it is an art many try and fail to conquer. It is impressive then that for a debut single, Rule of Young seem to have adopted an early style that allows the vocals of Catherine Calabrese and Nico Noir to bounce off each other in a really pleasant manner.
“Surrender” is quite the debut and whilst still a little rough around the edges, and not the most original melodic track I’ve heard, offers a lot of potential in a genre and guise, relatively untouched since the 1990s. The Cleveland band, have managed to create a track that would be inoffensive in a lift, whilst also fitting (with a minor remix) in bars and clubs. Excellent work from the trio. Halfway 2 Nowhere will look forward to hearing new music later in 2019.