Live Video: Young Fathers

photo by Amber Zbitnoff (view set)

Holy shit.” That’s what DJ Cheryl Waters exclaimed as Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers finished their KEXP session. Thanks to Cheryl’s booking, KEXP gets hundreds of in-studio sessions a year, but it’s rare when our entire staff is unanimously blown away like we were that day. DJ Larry Rose, a long-time fan who conducted the interview, told me later that the energy in the room when those three childhood friends combined their voices was intense: a mix of raw guttural yelps, sharply recited verses, and even powerful soaring vocals. Our video team couldn’t stop raving about the band’s passionate, energetic performance. The trio’s touring drummer had thrashed his cymbal so thoroughly, it was barely attached to the stand anymore. Hell, even I’ll admit to sending out an excited tweet after they were done. We’re thrilled to share the performance that had KEXP staffers talking for days; get blown away yourself by Young Fathers:

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