One of Indy’s most eclectic bands, Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers, released their first full length album earlier this year.
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Our song of the day today is “Eat You Up”, from Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers’ 2019 full length album, “Your Life Will Never Be The Same”. But before we get into the song itself, here’s a quick rundown on the Kingfishers.
Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers
Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers is an Indianapolis folk and experimental rock band that started up in 2014. The Kingfishers consist of members Cyrus Youngman (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica), Matt Corken (lead guitar, back up vocals), Andrew Roti (bass), Justin Renner (mandolin, back up vocals), Nathaniel Hood (keyboard, back up vocals), Glenn Dantam (saxophone, percussion), and Colin Oakley (drums).
Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers released their debut EP, “Zodiac” in 2015. Since then, they released one more EP, “Trip To Try” in 2017, before their first full length album. Their full length debut, “Your Life Will Never Be The Same”, was released earlier this year.
Among their influences, Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers include Bob Dylan and The Band, Wilco, Bright Eyes, Dr. Dog, The Decemberists, and Neutral Milk Hotel. Without listening to them, this alone should give you a decent idea of the Kingfishers’ sound.
Eat You Up
“Eat You Up” is the final track from Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers’ album, “you Will Never Be The Same”. The song starts off with a soft acoustic guitar that quickly adds the rest of the band for a bigger sound. Youngman’s vocals come in through a mild filter, giving his voice more of an edge than it usually has.
As is expected with a seven-piece band, the atmosphere in “Eat You Up” is at different times full and chaotic. But it’s a controlled kind of chaos, a manufactured kind. There is one moment when it does seem like there are too many instruments crowding the space, but it’s done in such a pleasing way that it doesn’t become distracting.
“Eat You Up” definitely stands out as somewhat of an outlier when compared to most other songs by Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers, who tend to hover around the folk side of things more often than not. This one leans more toward rock than anything. You can really hear the Dylan influence on this one, both in Youngman’s voice as well as the instrumentation.
The lyrics to “Eat You Up” deal with concepts of entropy and the power of action in an indifferent world. “This world is gonna chew you up, you know that it will / You’ll get licked, you’ll get ripped, you’ll get sick of the way that it feels / You can pout about it / But it’ll never change a thing / If you don’t like where you are I suggest you get moving on”.
Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers are surely one of the more unique bands that Indy has to offer. Not only do they hit you with a creative name, but once you hear their music, it’s obvious that if there’s one thing the Kingfishers have, it’s originality. “Eat You Up” is a solid folk rock song with plenty of both originality and heart. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s a catchy one, either. I’ll be excited to listen to the rest of the Kingfishers’ album, and look forward to what they’ll put out next.
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