The Hundred in the Hands Crank It Up with "Young Aren't Young"

by Jane Jansen Seymour

3 February 2011

Crate digging aficionados bring a retro dance beat to the new music scene.
 

The Hundred in the Hands’ “Young Aren’t Young” has been getting airplay in the UK and U.S recently with an infectious swirl of synths. The song might not seem exactly new with the electro dance beat under dreamy female vocals, but it makes for an instant party atmosphere. These lush layers are actually minimally produced, as witnessed during a recent live session for WFUV’s The Alternative Side (TAS) program. Brooklynites Jason Friedman and Eleanore Everdell piece their music together using lots of electronic equipment, a low-fi bullet microphone and Friedman’s wicked electric guitar with a of bit background vocal help. In the accompanying interview, the duo explains the recognizable sound to crate digging for their vast vinyl collection. 

“You can’t not [have records],” Everdell explains, “when you love music.” They also espouse their love of music and current bands in a webzine called Thith Zine. For those wondering, the band’s name refers to a moment in American history when soldiers attacked a Lakota village in what is now Wyoming. Recording of both their EP released last spring, Dressed in Dresden, and their self-titled release issued in the fall, took place at during the same time frame. The TAS session also includes “Commotion”, “Lovesick Once Again”, and “Pigeons”. While the rest of the songs are similarly stylized, there’s nothing wrong with allowing such musical indulgence.

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