Parisian Youth Culture – Basement
It’s about time we featured a Keele band so I’d thought we’d start with the best. Parisian Youth Culture (or PYC to their friends) have been going from strength to strength in the past academic year and show no sign of stopping any time soon. After playing gigs at various Stoke venues, including the Sugarmill, PYC have finally begun to professionally record some singles which honestly keep getting better.
Basement is a bit of a darker route than their first single, Throw Me Away, having been inspired by Mia Wallace’s overdose in Pulp Fiction, but it still matches PYC’s upbeat and lively vibe. This dance infused take on the indie genre is something they’re doing very, very well and is strongly reminiscent of the lovely Bombay Bicycle Club. They’ve benefited from higher production values, allowing each part to take on a life of its own and realise its full potential within the song. The strongest part is arguably the hook in the chorus that will get stuck in your head, no matter how much you fight it, but oddly enough the ending is a close contender with anthemic vocals and a close that leads you straight to the replay button.
PYC are truly brilliant, and I’m not just saying that out of personal affiliation. The standard that these guys come out with is equal if not better than many signed acts and they’re proving a hit with BBC Introducing Stoke. By liking their Facebook page following their Twitter (@OfficialPYC) you can keep up to date with their latest gigs and, trust me, they’re not one to miss out on seeing live.