Hailing from Norwich, England, this four-piece group is taking the world by storm. Young States consists of Georgia Leeder (vocals/bass), Libby Irons (guitarist/backup vocals), Amy Jeffery (lead guitar), and Molly Draba-Mann (drums). If you listen to Brand New, Mallory Knox and Taking Back Sunday, you can definitely hear the resemblance in these girls’ music.
You can watch their latest music video, “Over It By Now” on YouTube now!
Interview by: Flavio Gasperini
Answered by: Georgia Leeder
Hey girls, welcome to Veracious Magazine. How have you been?
Really good thank you! Excited to be back.
What is the full band line-up, who plays what?
(Georgia) I sing and play bass. Libby’s one of the guitarists and the backing vocalist. Amy’s the other guitarist. Molly is our Drummer.
How and when did the band form?
We all went to the same college. Me, Amy, and Molly were all on the same course whilst Libby was on another. Amy saw us carrying our instruments around and around 2/3 years ago asked us to form an all-girl band.
When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?
I can’t speak for the others but I think when we wrote Feedback – the first song we ever wrote as YS that’s on our first EP – that’s when it all started clicking and we knew we could be onto something cool. When we first got together we started off doing a few covers to get us used to playing together and we all became friends because of the band as well. So after having that time to get comfortable with each other we were able to bring original ideas to the table and write whatever felt good, Feedback being the first example of this and for me that’s when the ball started rolling.
What are your musical influences?
We all have slightly different tastes but collectively we all love bands like Brand New, Mallory Knox, Pvris, and Arcane Roots.
Can you tell us more about your latest single “Over It By Now?”
The song meaning can be seen in two ways, one being straight up with yourself and saying “I need to move on”, and the other being a more emotional approach of “why am I not over this yet?”
We recorded the music video with As A Button productions and they are so great to work with and had the perfect vision of using Great Expectations’ character Miss Havisham (played in the video by LaLa Barlow) to express emotions felt over a lost love.
As a band made by only women, how is the situation? Do you think there’s sexism in the scene? Do you think that you have to work more to reach the same success of a “male” band?
We have definitely experienced prejudice at shows and had plenty of comments such as “You’re pretty good for a bunch of girls” etc. and as good the intention may be, we hear it as “I was expecting you to be rubbish because you’re women”. I definitely think that a lot of girl bands have to work harder to reach a similar success to some other bands because there are so many all-girl/female fronted bands out there, but they’re not represented in the scene because they’re “not as good”, and therefore leads to this idea of a lack of female bands. This then feeds into the idea of girl bands not being as good because of this “lack”, and the spiral continues. I could talk about this for a while.
How does the songwriting work primarily in Young States?
We usually start instrumentally, and Libby or Amy will put forward an idea/bases of a song, then we’ll all work on it together to come up with a rough structure. After this point I’ll usually come up with some lyrics/melody and present it to the others and see what they think and what pointers they may have. This might not be the way it will always be but so far that’s how we’ve done it!
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material?
Yes! I am super excited for our new EP “Past Truths | Present Lies” to come out on 29th September!
Do you have a tour on the horizon?
We do but we are in the process of finalising it so expect to hear about it soon!
What else is happening next in Young States’ world?
We’re just about to play some warm up shows with Crossing The Limits and Blood Like Honey, we’re hitting the Owl Sanctuary in Norwich on 23/8/17, The Flying Dutchman in Lowestoft on 25/8/17, and then The Smokehouse in Ipswich on 26/8/17. After that expect more teases about our new EP!