Sunday 28 January 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Powerviolence / Noise / Thrash / Crust
Related artistsSwallow's Nest, Methchrist, FuckaultEmö Lendvai and Machina Rex.
CountryDunedin NEW ZEALAND
Years Active2015-present
Song: "Get a Tan"
Album: "Diploid split"
Year: 2017
For fans ofHedge Fund Trader, Cerce, Plaguewalker, This Land Is Now Dead, Fucking Invincible, Amygdala, Piri Reis, Unsanitary Napkin and La Luna aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released aka Dance Happy Doom Crew
This post's artist is from the December 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the January 2018 Mix#1 right here or get the new January 2018 Mix#2 here.

I won't lie, I feel like I know YUNG NAT$ quite well. I premiered a song from the new 'Diploid split' 12", saw them about 5 times in my 4 months in New Zealand, played in a band with members of YUNG NAT$, did a podcast with the bassist and was very good friends with two of the members. That being said, when it comes to describing the music and giving you a decent for fans of list I'm pretty much at a loss. I do know that Jörg's bass riffs are fucking unreal, Lana's vocals are both intoxicating and frightening and guitarist Ollie plays a ton of different styles, from basic punk stuff to intricate and danceable.

The band began in 2015, if I'm not mistaken, and was created under the impression that YUNG NAT$ would disband after a few short months when some members moved out of their house, or something to that effect. At the time, they had two vocalists (full-time member Lana as well my friend Karl who was only on the first EP) and a different drummer by the name of Maik. After writing a song or two the band was asked to play a show so they quickly wrote more songs to fill out a setlist, most of which ended up on the 2016 debut 'New Zealand's Finest'. This album holds a special place in my heart because of the dual vocals, which I'm a huge sucker for, and was also able to scream alongside both Lana and Karl in Swallow's Nest and Emö Lendvai , respectively. "They/Them - Fuck You!" is probably my top pick of the litter, but "Love/Gross", "Deadly Phonies", "Termites" and "Escape the Fake" are also very good songs.

After the recording and release of 'New Zealand's Finest' the band got a new drummer and dropped their second vocalist (Karl) and continued on with more maturity and political awareness. The first recordings that popped up with this lineup are the five songs located on the 'Diploid split' that came out in late 2017, with OMSB premiering "Get a Tan" here. The opener "Safer Communities" is probably my favourite YUNG NAT$ song, primarily due to Lana's sing/scream switchup and Jörg's ridiculous bass riffs, most notably the one at 14 and 27 seconds. To be honest the two are remarkable on this split, alongside Ollie's much more interesting guitarwork, faster drumming from Sam and better production, it's no wonder that although their debut EP was good, they really honed their sound with this one. "Get a Tan" is less than a minute of the grindiest material the band has released, and again Lana's back and forth between talking/singing and screaming is phenomenal. "Harsh Demons" begins with a very dancey vibe and even includes a sick, wretched and haunting guitar riff from Ollie that begins at the 53-second mark that leads to screams, growls and crushing bass blasts from Jörg. "Breath/Death" builds for the first minute and at 58 seconds in the listener is thrown unexpectedly on a whirling carousel spinning at ludicrous speed, as it speeds up and nearly opens up an inter-dimensional rip in the space-time continuum. Closer "Mr. Bourgie" is a much darker and slower song, as it wades through filthy noise, feedback, yelps and screams.

I should also mention that YUNG NAT$ book a ton of shows for bands coming through Dunedin and Jörg and Lana even started the Dance Happy Doom Crew label, which I know Zegema Beach will be working with in the near future. I am aware that the band has a few new songs that have yet to be recorded so we'll see them recorded in 2018, if all goes well. YUNG NAT$, I miss seeing you on the weekly 😢



2016 - New Zealand's Finest ?EP (stream/buy here)

2017 - Diploid split 12"LP (stream/buy here)


(2017) YUNG NAT$ - "Safer Communities" (from 'Diploid' split)

(2017) YUNG NAT$ - "Breath Death" (from 'Diploid' split)

(2017) YUNG NAT$ - "Get a Tan" (from 'Diploid' split)

(2017) YUNG NAT$ - "Harsh Demons" live video (from Hedge Fund Trader show)

(2017) YUNG NAT$ - full set live video

(2016) YUNG NAT$ - "They / Them - Fuck You!" (from 'New Zealand's Finest')

(2016) YUNG NAT$ - "Deadly Phonies" (from 'New Zealand's Finest')


YUNG NAT$ additional links


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