Having conquered Belgium, The Haunted Youth are now getting attention of the rest of Europe with their shows and their debut album.
Around the turn of 2020, Belgium was suddenly surprised by The Haunted Youth, the band founded by Joachim Liebens who, out of nowhere, conquered the radio waves and all streaming platforms of his home country with the debut single “Teen Rebel”.
Its sound was simultaneously recognisable and unique. There is a real chance that on a first listen, the word shoegaze will be in your tag list within the minute, due to the mysteriously soaring vocals and guitars nicely complemented by the other instruments in the background.
Still, it won’t be easy to say exactly which colleagues The Haunted Youth reminds you of.
The fact that, due to all the lockdowns, there were initially no stage opportunities to present the band to the public live, by no means meant a restraint on success.
On the contrary: more singles such as “Coming home”, “Gone”, “Shadows” and “Broken” followed and these too were all successes. Once it was allowed to play gigs and festivals again, the combo convinced time and again on stage.
Early November saw the release of “Dawn of the Freak”, The Haunted Youth’s first album, preceded by the advanced “I feel like shit and I wanna die”, which again received unanimous praise. Once more, we hear the typical Haunted Youth sound in a somewhat different pattern, and we absolutely can’t get enough of it for now.
After all the successful singles and well-received gigs, it will surprise no one that the band may put the “sold-out” sign at the entrance of the Ancienne Belgique for the first time on 15 November, and also picked up a nomination for a Music Moves Europe Award at the forthcoming Eurosonic Noorderslag showcase festival in Groningen.
In addition to the aforementioned nomination and thus an appearance at ESNS, 2023 already has a lot of great things in store: a headlining show at Les Nuits Botanique in Brussels and concerts in the Netherlands and France, undoubtedly followed by a host of other countries.
Stream “Dawn of the Freak” LP on Spotify.