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Relix Magazine - Live Acoustic Performance For Mitch Kaneff And Jake Hertzog’s The Young Presidents, Featuring Blondie Chaplin; West Coast Dates Set In Los Angeles & San Diego
Relix Magazine - Live Acoustic Performance for Mitch Kaneff and Jake Hertzog’s The Young Presidents, Featuring Blondie Chaplin
West Coast Dates are Set in Los Angeles and San Diego
Jambands, AbsolutePunk and More – Coverage Continues to Build for The Young Presidents’ ‘Coalition’
Rock/Soul duo The Young Presidents continue to build interest in their acclaimed album ‘Coalition,’ and recently visited the offices of Relix Magazine for a live, acoustic performance. TYP founders Mitch Kaneff and Jake Hertzog were joined by vocalist Blondie Chaplin for a riveting rendition of ‘Love You Forever’, which has become a focus track among journalists, and is now considered to be a centerpiece of ‘Coalition’ -- among the “album’s strongest and most indelible cuts.”
RELIX MAGAZINE – Live Acoustic Performance
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Following two successful CD release events in New York City, The Young Presidents will head to the West Coast for a visit to the famed Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on June 5th (more details here: http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/hot-road-jam/
Other recent placements/updates:
Relix posted a photo gallery from the band’s jam-packed February concert at The Cutting Room:
Watch the band perform ‘We The People’ from that concert, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThgO2SirU5M
See the Jambands preview column for that show, here:
In his recent AbsolutePunk write-up, critic Gregory Robson commented: “You always want to root for the bands that try something different, the ones who aren’t afraid to take chances. On their latest release, Coalition, New York City’s The Young Presidents enlisted the help of some friends. Foremost of those friends is the silky smooth vocalist Ivan Neville, who lends his vocals to two songs; Boston frat-rocker Adam Ezra, who sings on another two; South African musician Blondie Chaplin, who sings on four; and Galactic/Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover, who sings on five.
The disc opens with arguably one of its strongest songs, the freewheeling, sun-drenched feel good jam “Time,” in which Neville’s vocals soar and usher in a yarn that’s refreshing, invigorating and deeply memorable. There’s a throwback vibe here and the way its presented is completely effortless, unadulterated and without pretense.” Robson also shines a light on two tracks featuring vocals by Blondie Chaplin: “Arguably one of the album’s strongest and most indelible cuts is the string-laden “Love You Forever,” featuring the first-rate vocals of Chaplin.” And, “Penultimate cut “Dripping With Honeysuckle” rises on the wings of an airy organ, a funk backdrop and Chaplin’s inspired timbre.”
Other reviews have praised the CD as containing “crunchy cool,” “searing” vocals that highlight the “funk thump” and “bone-breaking groove” of the tracks. ‘Coalition’ features the contributions of renown artists Ivan Neville, Anton Fig, Blondie Chaplin, Corey Glover, Adam Ezra, and more, performing songs written by TYP’s Mitch Kaneff and Jake Hertzog. Kaneff and Hertzog’s ambitious project was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Grammy winner Rob Fraboni, of The Band, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones fame.
More about the project:
Already featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, NY-1 TV, and elsewhere, The Young Presidents celebrate the release of ‘Coalition’, an 11-song collection of rock ‘n roll music (with hints of soul and alternative).
Kaneff (bass), Hertzog (guitar) and Fraboni eschew modern-day digital sleight of hand for a raw, live band, rocking, ‘captured-in-the-studio’ sound…From Ivan Neville’s killer vocals on ‘Time’, to Corey Glover’s explosive delivery on ‘Unacceptable You’, to Blondie Chaplin’s wrenching take on ‘Love You Forever’, to the trio of vocalists joining together on Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong’s seminal ‘War’, the diversity of the music and the top-notch performances propel the collection, and reflect the high caliber of artists who’ve joined together to form a truly soulful ‘Coalition’.
SOMETHINGESEREVIEWS - By Nick DeRiso, 12/7/13
A well-placed group of collaborators — from the Beach Boys’ Blondie Chaplin to Living Colour’s Corey Glover to the always-funky Ivan Neville — give life to the Young President’s aptly named Coalition. The worry is that might, indeed, overshadow Jake Hertzog and Mitch Kaneff.
Freedom of Speech, an impressive Hendrix-meets-Nirvana power trio-style debut album from 2011, didn’t exactly cry out for that kind of help. But there’s a reason those guys are famous, and each brings new elements of crunchy cool to the Young President’s latest batch of songs. Neville’s vocal, for instance, accentuates the old-school Sly Stone-style funk thump of their opening “Time,” whereas the bone-breaking groove of “We The People” is underscored by Glover’s searing turn at the mic. Later, Glover adds a tough edge of the Lenny Kravitz-ish “Stand Up For Love,” one of this 11-track album’s seven turns by drummer Anton Fig. Adam Ezra adds a loping attitude to “You Got Me Deep,” then does his best Glen Phillips on “Grey Space.”
But maybe the best development to come from this multi-artist collaborative effort by the Young Presidents involves the four tracks showcasing Chaplin, who also shares an association with the Band. The deeply touching “Love You Forever,” the anthematic “Dripping with Honeysuckle” and the broadly inspirational “You Will Be on Your Way” illustrate, all over again, the often-overlooked treasure that are his oaken, knowing vocals. Chaplin, Glover and Neville also join together for stomping rendition of Edwin Starr’s ageless “War.”
But where does this leave the Young Presidents? After all, it couldn’t be easier to focus — as we’ve done here — on their more famous guests, to the exclusion of the actual headline artists on Coalition. It’s both the blessing and the curse of this project, due for digital download on December 10, 2013, that they’ve brought in such unforgettable talents. Come, if you must, for the big name contributors, but stay — you really must — for the smart songcraft, flinty licks and transformatively present narratives constructed for them by Hertzog and Kaneff.
THE RECORD JOURNAL (CT) - CD review By Jim Pasinski, 12/13
The successful writing duo of Mitch Kaneff and Jake Hertzog recently released their new digital album "Coalition" as The Young Presidents. The new release features a load of special guest voices including Living Colour's Corey Glover, The Neville Brothers' Ivan Neville, Blondie Chaplin and Adam Ezra. Also helping out are Anton Fig and Rich Crowley on the drums. The new album was also produced by Grammy award winner Rob Fraboni (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton).
The album begins with the R&B groove of "Time" with Ivan Neville lending his timeless voice to song's uplifting sound. Corey Glover is sprinkled all over this album with the hard rock of "Stand Up For Love" and the funky "Universal Pain." The highlight of the album is the complete collaboration of all these iconic voices on a cover of Edwin Starr's "War." Blondie Chaplin's weathered voice lends to the authenticity of "Love You Forever," while Adam Ezra's vocals gives "Grey Space" that nineties alternative rock feel. The album closes with the gentle sway of "You Will Be On Your Way" as Blondie Chaplin brings it all back home with his passion for singing.
The physical copy of the album will be available in February. To find out more about "Coalition," please visit theyoungpresidents.com
MEDLEYVILLE – YEAR-END Q&A
By Chris Junior, 12/2013 – Featuring Jake Hertzog
Favorite album of 2013: Lots of great ones! But I gotta give it to Elton John’s The Diving Board. I’ve always been a fan of his songwriting.
Favorite song of 2013: Muse, “Panic Station.” OK, you got me — that's technically 2012. But I gotta give a shout-out to one of my favorite bands doing some really creative things. Love the guitars on this track!
Biggest hype of 2013: Well, I have to hand it Miley Cyrus for knowing how to get people’s attention. All musical discussions aside, this is the entertainment business, and one needs to constantly be in the spotlight. She certainly found a way to make headlines.
Prediction for 2014: “Well, I hope to see more creative rock and singer/songwriters dominating the music business and less dance pop acts, but we shall see.
With performances at The Cutting Room, CBGB Festival, CMJ and more, The Young Presidents, and the community of musicians who regularly join them, have established themselves as a live act to be reckoned with.
The band’s July 2013 concert at The Cutting Room in New York City doubled as a Benefit concert: The Kaneff Foundation's 1st Annual Music Cures Fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. The jam-packed event raised over $140,000.00 for Alzheimer’s research, and was covered by major media outlets (see below). The evening also included a glimpse into the life of Glen Campbell, who recently announced his battle with Alzheimer’s. James Keach, producer of the Oscar winning "Walk the Line," introduced (via taped message,) a brief clip from his forthcoming documentary on superstar Campbell, and Campbell's children, Ashley and Shannon Campbell, opened the evening with their band Victoria Ghost.
USA TODAY – Edna Gundersen Preview article:
Huffington Post – Preview Interview with Anton Fig:
NY-1 TV – Concert footage and post-show re-cap:
JAMBANDS – Preview News Column:
GUITARWORLD–Video Premiere of ‘Unacceptable You’ Video:
Building the Coalition Trailer:
About the Artists:
The Young Presidents:
The Young Presidents is a two-member rock band from New York City that blends classic rock & roll with a dash of 90's alternative. Using a back-to-basics approach with a modern sound, The Young Presidents return to the great "power trio" of rock: guitar, bass and drums. Guitarist/vocalist Jake Hertzog and bassist/vocalist Mitch Kaneff are united by their passion for rock music and the band is inspired by everything from Cream to Train, from the Jimi Hendrix Experience to Nirvana - just a few of the influences that were evident on the band's debut album, Freedom of Speech.
Mitch Kaneff: Living proof that you can do it all, Mitch seamlessly juggles being CEO of his company, Arkay Packaging, with the writing and publishing of his book Taking Over: Insider Tips from a Third-Generation CEO, and his musical career.
Jake Hertzog: The youngest winner of the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition and a distinguished Berklee College of Music alumnus with three critically acclaimed jazz/fusion records, Jake's prior experience playing with Naked Brothers Band helped catapult him into the pop world - and his extraordinary expertise in composing, writing, singing, guitar playing and directing keeps him there!
‘Coalition’: Inspired by the success of their first album, "Freedom of Speech," The Young Presidents are about to release their innovative 11-song project, inviting guest artists into the limelight with them. Teamed up with renown Grammy-winning producer/engineer Rob Fraboni and collaborating with some of the world's greatest talent (Corey Glover, Blondie Chaplin, Steve Aguirre and Ivan Neville to name a few,) Mitch and Jake recorded all original material in Avatar Studios this year. The band's last release, We the People, featured Corey Glover (Living Colour) on vocals.
Rob Fraboni: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Fraboni
Anton Fig http://www.antonfig.com
Blondie Chaplin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blondie_Chaplin
Corey Glover: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corey_Glover
Ivan Neville: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Neville
Adam Ezra: http://adamezra.com/
The Young Presidents are part of the J-2 Music family – visit http://www.j-2music.net/