The Twelve Caesars, Youth Is Wasted On The Young

by Sarah Zupko


Yes indeed, another Swedish band. Minty Fresh has made their name in part by releasing stateside versions of records by a number of Swedish pop masters—Komeda and The Cardigans spring to mind immediately. The Twelve Caesars are a much rockier band than others in the Minty Fresh stable. Blazing rocker “Sort It Out” leads off and sets the tone with a fiery guitar attack and buzzsaw vocals ala Johnny Rotten, albeit with a set of somewhat weak lyrics laden with drug references. “(I’m Gonna) Kick You Out” is a rollicking organ-drenched number the draws equally from the Brit-blues of The Animals and the post-punk ravings of Magazine. The rest of the album maintains the frenetic pace and combination of punchy guitars, punk vocals, and pop melodies.

Youth Is Wasted on the Young


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