Poor Young Things to play Howard’s on Feb. 14Written by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
While five dudes piling into a van and traveling across the country is about as glamorous as it sounds, Poor Young Things is enjoying the ride.
Whether it was playing “Handle With Care” on the side of the road out in the British Columbia cold or utilizing a slip-n-slide to make a summer announcement video, the Thunder Bay, Ontario-bred indie rockers have been making the most of their journey.
“That’s the most important thing,” Poor Young Things’ vocalist and guitarist Matt Fratpietro said on having fun. “No one’s going to tour, whatever, 365 days a year out of the year if you’re not having fun, right? It’s got to be something you want to get up every day and do, and do 100 percent.”
On Feb. 14, Poor Young Things will bring its upbeat brand of rock n’ roll to Northwest Ohio when it performs at Howard’s in Bowling Green with Red Wanting Blue.
“It’s five guys, and I think we all have pretty eclectic tastes,” Fratpietro said. “We love a lot of new, indie music, but we also love the old classics—Teddy, Springsteen, Zeppelin. And we love, like, country, and there’s some guys who love rap.
“There’s so much stuff, and I think everyone brings their own thing to the table and it kind of comes out. Any album we make, we want to make sure that it also sounds like it’s going to be fun to listen to live, so there’s always lots of group vocals and things like that.”
Featuring Fratpietro, Michael Kondakow (guitar, vocals), Dave Grant (guitar, vocals), Scott Burke (bass) and Konrad Commisso (drums), Poor Young Things has been making noise with its EP “Let It Sleep,” which released on Jan. 24, 2012 via Bumstead Productions LTD. The band has toured relentlessly across its homeland of Canada, played shows in the U.S. and recorded its upcoming full-length album.
“It’s been pretty wild and we’ve been pretty busy, which is always a good thing,” Fratpietro said.
For its full-length, Poor Young Things again recorded with Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, Arkells, Magneta Lane), who worked with the band on “Let It Sleep.”
“He’s the kind of guy who he’s just, like, the nicest guy you’ll ever meet,” Fratpietro said of Drew. “There’s some producers that really get in there and change everything and really want to be part of the process.
“He kind of sits back and he’ll watch what you’re doing and he’ll say, ‘Maybe you should do this and maybe you should do this,’ and if you don’t like his ideas then he’s not offended. But the way he says it, you want to like his ideas because he’s just so nice about it.”
Sonically, Fratpietro said the new album is really massive and features group chants and a rougher sound. Due out this April in Canada, Poor Young Things took a month off the road late last year to write the new album, recorded half of it, went back on tour and then came back and finished the other half of it.
“It can be tough because for a singer, like, playing a show every night and then going into the studio and having to do vocals, it’s [rough],” Fratpietro said of the new album. “The new album’s going to have a bit of a rougher, rawer sound, which is a good thing, I think.”
Since relocating to Toronto a few years back in part due to the suggestion of fellow Thunder Bay native and The Trews keyboardist Jeff Heisholt, Poor Young Things has been living out a dream to this point.
The band was recently nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year” for SiriusXM’s 13th Annual Independent Music Awards. Additionally, Poor Young Things has done lots of touring with its friends in The Trews, one of Canada’s most successful musical acts of the past decade. Not bad for some old high school classmates emerging from Thunder Bay.
“That’s really the only thing that we’ve been interested in,” Fratpietro said on playing music. “I mean, it’s tough. There’s some people that really love to go to their job as an accountant or whatever, and they just love it and they love getting up every day, and that’s how we feel about making music and being creative.
“And it’s just a great outlet for how you feel on a day-to-day basis.”
On Feb. 14, Poor Young Things will play at a show headlined by Red Wanting Blue at Howard’s Club H, 210 N. Main St. in Bowling Green. The show starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit howardsclubh.com or call 419-352-3195.