This month we’re rocking out with a new theme called ‘Rock On’ and a ‘Battle of the Fans’ video contest. We’ve invited 11 Sonicbids bands to have their music included in our ‘Rock On’ theme and battle it out for the opportunity to play at SXSW. In this series of blog posts we meet the bands. Click here for more profiles.

the young folkThe Young Folk, hailing from Dublin, Ireland, are anything but typical. “Yes, the band members (Anthony Furey, vocals/guitar, Tony McLaughlin, bass/mandolin, Paul Butler, piano/vocals, and Karl Hand, drums/percussion) are of a certain youthful age, and yes, the songs they create are variants/enhancements on what could be tethered under the term ‘folk’, but if you’re looking for very obvious reference points (or worse, clichés) then you’d best search elsewhere.”

The Young Folk members first met in 2007 at Dublin’s Ballyfermot College of Further Education and have come into their own unique sound through experimentation and experience. Pianist and vocalist Paul Butler says, “We’d started off playing in numerous bands, from heavy metal to emotional stuff and back to heavy metal, but playing so many different genres of music helped us to zone in on what we really liked and wanted to play.”

The band signed a publishing & Licensing deal with ARC Music UK in late November 2013 and are set to release their debut album in the first half of 2014.

You’ll find their song “Way Down South” in our ‘Rock On’ editing style. The band tells us the song is “about a relationship coming to an end with one traveling and another staying at home without a choice and realizing that life was much easier when they were kids and the only person they had to answer to was their parents.”

Check out the full song below and find out more about The Young Folk on their website, Facebook and Twitter.