You know that band that you love to dance to? You know the one... the one where you get off your seat no matter what mood you find yourself in, or who you find yourself around? Young Lyre is the New Zealand supply of that very same sonic goodness. These Auckland lads make the sound a dance move would make if it had lungs and a smoke machine.
Experiencing Young Lyre live is like being a... part of an explorative people-prompted flash dance. Their sound has been likened to Two Door Cinema Club's breakout album Tourist History. They sure know how to play their instruments which makes for a quality live show that sounds extremely overseas-ish.
All 5 of Young Lyre's characters are friends from way back when. Simon on the drums is the one with the voluminous hair and an impressive cardio regime, Matt on bass disguises his love for hardcore with a soft luscious beard. Sanjay on Guitar dons the mexi-moustache complimenting his ability to play almost any song he hears. Kiran on the Guitar is the guy who can make any instrument sound like an atmospheric sensation of joy, and Jordan on vocals sports a manly ginger beard to justify the weird vocal noises in an attempt to feel a part of sound check.
The band first formed in high school for the Rockquest as 'Sons of Darragh' after their music teacher, Mr. Darragh. Once leaving high school they briefly became 'Oresund', but all the while sorely wanted to jump on the band trend with a 'The' prefix. Thus becoming 'The Frisk' after an unforgettable experience of the front man Jordan in an airport on the way to Cambodia. Enough said.
Since then, they have opened for international acts such as Green Day and Train as well as a handful of popular local acts in towns all across New Zealand. Only further perfecting their sound, live performance and dance skills for those lucky enough to experience them.
But it wasn't until 4 from 5 of the band graduated University with various 'back-up plans' that they realised they wanted to get serious about the band thing. So they changed their name for the last time, and became Young Lyre.
Young Lyre is still about making great music for others to have great moments listening to. Their latest single Cinema Smile is about to be more widely released with a complimentary video to enjoy as a side.
Jordan (lead vocals, synth)
Matt (bass, backing vocals)
Sanjay (guitar, backing vocals)
Kiran (guitar, synths)
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