Poor Young Things
- Emerging Artist of the Year
- Best Emerging Act
You can try to find a gutsier, harder working, more determined bunch than Toronto’s Poor Young Things. But even if you succeed, it’s doubtful you’ll also find one as clearly positioned for greatness.
Just two years after collectively relocating from Thunder Bay, the pop-rock quintet has issued a massive, sweat-soaked, insanely confident debut, The Heart. The Head. The End. Not only that, they’ve picked up a record deal, marquee management, a Sirius XM Emerging Artist of the Year award and a swelling fan base. Few can make something as tough as pursuing a dream look so dang easy.
“Oh man, we are so lucky,” confirms singer/guitarist Matt Fratpietro on behalf of his cohorts. “Touring across Canada is so hard. And there are lots of bands that do that for years and years and don’t get the breaks we’ve had.”
The album could not have emerged if Poor Young Things – high school pals Matt Fratpietro, guitarists Michael Kondakow and Dave Grant, bassist Scott Burke and drummer Konrad Commisso – had elected to play it safe.
Equal parts grit and groove, fun and fury, the record is a crisply rendered snapshot of five guys who’ve crisscrossed the country playing anywhere they could to anyone who’d listen just for the privilege of being there, logging 100-plus shows last year alone.
“This record is a reflection of getting older and thinking about that,” Fratpietro says.
The song “Revolver” is an example of just how essential Toronto producer/engineer Jon Drew (whose production credits include Tokyo Police Club, Alexisonfire and Matt Mays) is to Poor Young Things’ lightning-in-a-bottle sound. “Originally, the chorus of that song just had me singing “revolver.” Jon suggested we should get a gang of people and blow it up to the next level. So we got Tim Chaisson’s cousin and bassist Koady Chaisson and drummer Nat Lamoureux into the studio one night, had a couple of drinks and just sang our hearts out.”
With the obliging hand of fate pressed firmly on their backs, what now for Poor Young Things? “I really just hope the album does well, that we’re on the road for most of the year and get to go to the States a lot,” Fratpietro says. “I hope people can listen to it and see a little bit of themselves in it.”
“The thing is, we’re a hard-working, 24/7 rock-and-roll band. There are no gimmicks and there are no tricks. We go out there and we play. The shows are fun and they’re real. We’re real. There’s nothing fake about it.”