1/30/2007 was a big day for Young Love. Their debut album, Too Young To Fight It, was released that morning, and a celebratory performance was held that evening inside a cozy, wood-paneled loft. As the crowd danced, listened, and hit up the open bar, Dan Keyes led his new band through a dance-inducing preview of their album's best tracks.
From leadoff single "Discotech" to the U2-styled "Closer to You," Young Love's set advertised the merits of Too Young To Fight It better than the YL posters that blanketed the Sun Factory's walls. If Keyes looks excited in this video, it's because he had every reason to feel that way. The record was out, the crowd was happy, the band was sounding good, the beer was free... And when Keyes commanded "You better dance, dance, dance!" during the keyboard-driven "Find a New Way," the audience was more than happy to comply. What more could the frontman want?
- Andrew Leahey
Dance-rock outfit Young Love is headed by Dan Keyes, who fronted the post-grunge band Recover from 2001-2004. After releasing three albums with that previous band, Keyes moved from Texas to New York City in search of a change. Within months, the singer/songwriter had amassed a number of slick, stylish songs that had more in common with Bloc Party and The Killers than the aggressive sounds of Recover. Young Love was born, and a record deal with Island Def Jam surfaced before the end of 2005.
Young Love tested their new material at Manhattan clubs in the summer of 2006, and dates opening for Head Automatica followed in August. Following the success of the Discotech EP, the band releases its full-length debut, Too Young to Fight It, in January 2007.