The triumphant 2020 summer festival season they were made for melted before their eyes as they aborted last year’s touring mission, but five-piece tent-filling anthem makers, Paris Youth Foundation, restate their claim on those big stages with their first single of 2021, The Back Seat. Leading with their infectious, brightly-lit sound of youth into a brighter future, the band picks up front man, Kev Potter’s 21st Century lost love saga on Fri 29 January 2021 on Frictionless Music.
A picture book that flicks the pages of heartbreak one familiar, painful chapter at a time, The Back Seat follows previous singles, Home Is Where The Heart Is and Late Night Lost Love as a vivid illustration of a broken heart having nowhere to go after dark. Drawn from real life, Potter’s lyrics rush through a long, summer night out in Liverpool, the band’s home city, feeling the heat of every moment on the dancefloor, before the desolate, drunken realisation that alcohol’s sticking plaster has come undone. Out comes the phone, dialling a familiar number.
Potter says of the track: “’ The Back Seat’ is an upbeat sad song about two people getting to grips with being on their own, trying to hide their pain with drink and how drunk calling someone and hearing their voice mail at 4 am makes you feel a little less alone. All those messages you’ve typed out, but never had the courage to send end with a sense of inevitability and the regrettable call being made in the taxi on the way home.”
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Although seeing their limitless ambitions frustrated by their lost year, Paris Youth Foundation continues to build on the dream foundations of their first-ever shows being headline appearances at Leeds and Reading Festivals. Working with Blossoms and Courteeners producer, Rich Turvey at the legendary Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, The Back Seat brings out the best in the talented pop makers, entwining carnal, danceable beats and stadium-sized guitars in an unmissable landgrab on ground taken up by peers including Catfish and The Bottlemen, The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club.
Assembled of Potter with Tom Morris Jones and Jamie Hives on guitars, drummer, Nathan Price and Mike Bower picking up bass guitar, the band formed in Liverpool in 2016 and scored near-immediate BBC Radio One playlisting. Confidently playing into the hype surrounding their emergence, Paris Youth Foundation have since enjoyed packed UK tours, both as headliners and in support of bands including The Magic Gang, earning themselves a strong and growing following.
The band’s name comes from graffiti spotted in a Metro Station in the French capital, remembered by Potter from a childhood visit and decided, spur of the moment, for the release of the band’s breakthrough debut, If You Wanna.