Published Apr 30, 2013You may detect a trace of a British accent in singer Neusha Mofazzali's voice, but his band Young Benjamins make their home in Saskatoon, SK. The four-piece's debut album, Less Argue, is out on May 21 via Dollartone Records.
The album was recorded at Saskatoon's Avenue Recording and mastered by John Keane (R.E.M., Widespread Panic) in Athens, GA. It reportedly blends folk, rock and pop influences, and relies on what a press release calls "a focused use of minor chords, creating a sound that is infectious and refreshing."
The UK-born Mofazzali sings lead on the majority of the album, although multi-instrumentalist Veronique Poulin takes the mic on the opening track, "The Colonial Pt. I (You're Only 20)." Elsewhere, "Green Eyes" is based on a Farsi poem written by Mofazzali's grandfather, while the song "Out There (In the Wild)" previously appeared on the band's self-titled 2011 EP.
Scroll past the tracklist below to see Young Benjamins' upcoming tour schedule. More shows are due to be announced soon.
1. Colonial Pt. I (You're Only 20)
2. Out There (In the Wild)
3. Jasper, AB
4. Move, Move!
5. Young Argument
6. Less Argue
7. Green Eyes
8. Oh Marie
9. Common Thief
10. The Solace
11. The Colonial Pt. II
5/24 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's Cantina
5/25 Regina, SK - The Artful Dodger
6/15 Saskatoon, SK - Victoria Park (Pride)
6/15Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre (MoSoFest)
6/20 Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
6/21 Swift Current, SK - Long Day's Night
7/19-20 Big River, SK - Ness Creek Festival
7/26-28 Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival