Picture it: December 2010 a month before their debut album release, San Franciscos Young Prisms are finishing their tour of the UK when suddenly they are stranded in a grounded Heathrow Airport due to an epic ice storm. Sleeping on the ground alongside thousands of others for a full week, fighting for food and water, a cloud of darkness overcomes them. For one member, the situation is just too much to handle. Maybe its sleep deprivation, or maybe just the stress of bomb threats, one member becomes crazed, attacking another with a leather belt and knife. The situation calls for more than a warm cup of cocoa.
A little over a year later, Young Prisms sees the release of their sophomore LP In Between this spring [March 27, 2012] on Kanine Records. Still a five piece, (albeit a different five) the album captures the highs and the lows of the last year. Born out of the traumatizing Heathrow crisis and the death of a loved one, a strong sense of rejection, loneliness, and despair all play a huge role in the creation of In Between.
However, Its not all doom and gloom and its not like childhood friends Gio Betteo and Matthew Allen didnt see the changes coming (they named their first album Friends For Now). They just didnt expect it all to happen in such a dramatic fashion. Still united with singer Stefanie Hodapp and drummer Jordan Silbert, the Prisms welcomes a second female vocalist/guitarist, Ashley Thomas.
Its this addition that brings a softer, more melodic touch to their fuzzed out sound. If Friends For Now yields comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain, In Between lends itself more to the Mazzy Star, Slowdive end of the spectrum and one need not look any further than lead single Four Hours (Away). Its gentle swing and sullen vocal sweep will melt hearts and help pass those cold and dark hours.
To spotlight how the band has made peace with the past year, check out Runner, which will put a bounce in your step, while Dead Flowers has the Prisms stepping on their pedals harder than ever. Album opener Floating in Blue will fill your head with swirly dream pop and the guitar-drenched Midnights When pays homage to the innocent 50s inspired lullaby that Mary Chain fans will swoon to both awake and asleep
Enlisting the production of Monte Vallier (Weekend, Mark Eitzel) and once again as a full five piece, the Prisms sound refreshed and Young again. With Allen having moved outside the city, Betteo and Allen began traveling back and forth in between homes to write this record. The result is a perfect soundtrack to the loneliest road trip down California Highway 1where the lights dim and flicker as the sun sets on the pacific while the fog and haze return to the Redwood Forests and Coastal Cliffs.