Meet the Young Tricksters

A brief review of the new Young Tricksters singles, "Wishing Well", and "Molding Their Minds Pt 1”.

Young Tricksters in concert

By Matt Severin

Do you wish someone would suddenly present you with that new sound you’ve been looking for? If this is true, stop wishing and start listening! Young Tricksters is the answer to all your musical troubles, as well as any other problems you may have in life. 

The Amherst-based band recently released two singles for their much-awaited album on BandCamp and shared this news with their fans through social media. The singles released include, “Molding Their Minds Part 1” and “Wishing Well,” two tracks that are incredibly different than anything the group had previously released and certainly give fans ample reason to be excited about the upcoming album. 

 

“Wishing Well,” written by guitarist/vocalist Ryan Severin, was released on October 6. It opens with guitar chords modified with a phaser effect being played slowly with a bass drum accompaniment, giving the track a mystical vibe. The song then bursts into an explosive collage of dreamlike sounds. This intro is actually a preview of the chorus, minus the vocals. 

Young Tricksters photo shoot picture

The verses slow down in tempo, and Severin sings a duet with Hannah Mohan, vocalist of And The Kids. Their voices blend beautifully on the track, with Mohan singing the higher octave, perfectly contrasting Severin’s lower tone. The serenity of the verses makes the higher energy of the chorus stand out even further. 

Highlights of the song include the repeated intro, which showcases Mohan’s vocal range and a crashing bass drum, the unexpected outro, which takes the song into uncharted territory and perfectly wraps it up, and lastly, the distortion on the guitars and background noises which help to give the song its unique sound.

 

The second single, “Molding Their Minds Part 1” is different from “Wishing Well” in almost every way. This track, in contrast, has a loud and energetic opening, setting the mood as a hard-rocker. As soon as you get used to it, however, it transitions into the peaceful verse, with the band singing the lower octave as Kristen Mounsey sings the higher. The two unique voices balance the song out with a dose of peacefulness that contrasts with the loud and energetic intro and instrumental riff sections. 

The song displays Severin’s progression as a lyricist and songwriter, and its subtleties help give it character. Some of these include the Fender Rhodes during the second verse, which adds layers and builds the song up, and the glockenspiel heard at the end of the intro right before the verse kicks in. The song closes with the instrumental riff, right after a memorable, gut-busting, face-melting solo that mimics the melody of the vocals. 

If you haven’t already heard these songs, head on over to Young Tricksters BandCamp  this instant!

Or feel free to check out the band on social media: Young Tricksters Facebook 

Matt Severin is Web Editor for The New Worcester Spy. His brother is a member of The Young Tricksters. 

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