Formed in 2008, Young Fathers eventually self-released their debut ‘mixtape’, TAPE ONE in 2011. Respected Los Angeles label Anticon discovered them shortly afterwards and gave the mini-album a proper release in 2012 and this was shortly followed by the critically acclaimed TAPE TWO, another mini-album, later in 2013 also on Anticon.
Gradually becoming busier with live shows the group had time to record their first full-length album, DEAD, which was released on Anticon and Big Dada in the UK and Europe in February 2014. Since January, Young Fathers have toured almost constantly, starting with a headliner through the UK and Europe and followed by a lengthy support slot with Baths all around the USA.
Their live shows have caused jaws to drop and genuine awe from jaded journos, industry pros, production staff and actual punters wherever they perform. The group’s vocalists Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and ‘G’ Hastings, (who also produces and plays keys and synth live), together with drummer Steven Morrison, all of whom are in their mid-20s, have hardly had time to think this year. With upcoming summer festival dates, an Australian and Japanese tour, followed by their first headlining USA tour and a groundbreaking Berlin residency in November, it’s unlikely they will be doing any thinking soon…
Young Fathers toured with Massive Attack in 2016, and were featured in MA song” Voodoo In My Blood”. Also, they have three songs on T2 Trainspotting soundtrack.
‘ I grabbed a drink, hoping the liquor would help me comprehend the utter chaos I had just experienced….’ – KEXP – Seattle
‘London crowds can be the hardest to move, but within minutes this one is feral.’ – The Line Of Best Fit – London
‘Young Fathers are amongst the most exciting and original acts I’ve come across in the past two years, equally adept at harmonizing and rapping under a virtually uncategorizable soundscape.’ Urb.com – New York
‘Theirs is music of uniqueness, flow and emotion, mining the darker end of the hip-hop spectrum’ The Guardian – Glasgow
‘I’m not saying (the headliners) are crazy, I’m just saying they’re brave. There is no other word for a band that lets Young Fathers go first.’ Wondering Sound – Portland
‘I would like to make a disclaimer. No review will truly be able to capture what happened at the Norwich Arts Centre on February 8th 2014.’ Livewire – Norwich