Matt Holmes and Randy Borawski of Charleston, SC based Youth Model, know a thing or two about South Carolina’s music scene and they’re ready to prove they belong in the front ranks. With a new six-song EP ready for debut and shows booked around the Southeast in the coming months, it’s only a matter of time before they make their way there.
Youth Model’s origin story may be rooted in a family tragedy, but the band stands as proof that tragedy can often fuel powerful, thoughtful endeavors. When Matt’s cousin passed away in 2011, Matt stepped out from behind his drum kit where he’d been loyal rhythm-maker for other bands, and ventured into his first solo project, My Beating Heart. The project was an effort dedicated to his cousin who had “always supported his [Holmes] songwriting”. When attention and care is thrown into any project, you want what’s best for it and sometimes what’s best requires making adjustments. My Beating Heart’s shiny, sleek pop feel shifted when Holmes recognized the difficulty in recreating perfect, glossy pop in live performances. As a result, he began writing grittier, pop-rock songs—tunes that felt like a fresh start, tunes that begged to be brought to new life with other like-minded musicians. In October of 2013, My Beating Heart became Youth Model.
This is where drummer Randy Borawski comes in. Borawski is a Columbia, SC music veteran and co-host of Unsigned on the local radio station WXRY. Unsigned showcases local, regional and undiscovered talent. It was here that Holmes and Borawski met. If only all decisions could be made as easily as Randy’s decision to accept Matt’s offer to join the band. “He accepted on the spot,” Holmes said of the moment. Youth Model has consistently been playing shows and laying down tracks ever since. Their latest studio effort is six-song EP, Open Season.
The sounds of Open Season are thicker and more rock-driven than the band’s previous releases, full of fat drums, commanding bass, and clever melodies. Lyrically, the songs are thoughtful and carefully crafted, no word wasted, and are every bit as poignant as they are feel-good. Standout tracks include the title track “Open Season”, “Courtesy Call”, and “Tried This Time”. The album was recorded at Archer Avenue Studio with Eric McCoy in Columbia, SC, and mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B in Charlotte.
Youth Model is currently booking as a duo, and will continue to do so for the time being. With the release of Open Season, they hope to play their way into listeners’ hearts and minds, and with the level of craftsmanship in these songs and the diligent gusto of these band members, there is hardly any doubt these aspirations will be successful ones.
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Youth Model appears on WXRY Unsigned LIVE from The British Bulldog Pub on Sunday, November 8, 2015.