Today Youth Fountain has released a cover of Charlie Puth’s’ Light Switch. Speaking about the single Tyler Zanon said ‘My producer Tim Creviston saw that Lightswitch was huge on TikTok and thought it might be fun to cover, so when we started to think of it like a Youth Fountain song it really clicked. I hope this version of the song gives a whole new vibe to Charlie Puth’
What began as a solo project by guitarist/vocalist Tyler Zanon in 2013 under the name Bedroom Talk eventually blossomed into a full-blown band by 2017, with the Vancouver-based Youth Fountain (then a duo) proudly announcing their presence with the debut single “Grinding Teeth” and a pair of Pure Noise Records releases that expertly toed the line between pop-punk fervor and more reflective emo moments.
Alternative Press hailed the band’s 2019 debut full-length, Letters To Our Former Selves, as one of the year’s very best, dubbing it the “perfect blend of emo-tinged punk to soundtrack reflecting on every single life decision you’ve ever made,” while North American tours with the likes of Free Throw, Can’t Swim, and Chris Farren cemented Youth Fountain’s sweat-soaked sound as something best experienced live – all while dodging a few stray elbows and overzealous crowd-surfers.
Now once again, Zanon finds himself as a solo artist following the departure of co-vocalist Cody Muraro in mid-2020 – but this time, he’s exactly where he wants to be. Youth Fountain’s most recent release, Letters To Our Former Selves – Acoustic EP, re-introduces Zanon’s project to the world, reimagining fan favorite material from the 2019 LP of the same name. The four-song collection tones down Youth Fountain’s trademark frenetic energy in favor of more subdued, melodic sensibilities, but expertly does so without sacrificing an ounce of the passion that captivated fans in the first place.
If anything, his toxic-tongued lyricism – much of it pointed inward in intense self-reflection – reverberates even louder without a sonic wall shrouding it. Not content to let the more serene setting mellow him out, Zanon pushes his vocals to the limit across the EP, stepping into the spotlight with the confidence and chops to assuage those concerned about the band’s future.
With a new energy and determination empowering Zanon, there’s a lot on the horizon for Youth Fountain. He’s been spending the pandemic hard at work readying the next full-band LP, and re-centering himself on why he began making music in the first place. In many ways, this musical rebirth is the best thing that could have ever happened for him, a chance for him to fall back in love with his own songwriting ability and bravely dare to continue pushing its limits under no one’s terms but his own.
Youth Fountain newest album Keepsakes & Reminders is out now via Pure Noise Records.
Youth Fountain are touring EU/UK in September 2022 supporting Cory Wells.
You can see Youth Fountain at the following dates:
September 15 – Münster, Germany @ Skaters Palace Cafe
September 16 – Cologne, Germany @ MTC
September 17 – Eindhoven, The Netherlands @ Dynamo
September 18 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Club Cann
September 19 – Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
September 20 – Leipzig, Germany @ Naumanns
September 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Stengade
September 23 – Hannover, Germany @ Béi Chéz Heinz
September 24 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Café V Lese
September 25 – Budapest, Hungary @ Dürer Kert
September 27 – Munich, Germany @ Backstage
September 28 – Solothurn, Switzerland @ Kofmehl Raumbar
September 29 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
September 30 – Hamburg, Germany @ Indra
October 1 – Antwerp, Belgium JC @ Bouckenborgh
October 3 – Bournemouth, UK @ The Anvil
October 4 – Manchester, UK @ Star And Garter
October 5 – Glasgow, UK @ Garage Attic
October 7 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade
October 8 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
October 9 – Birmingham, UK @ Dead Wax