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Mini-skirts, lollipops and ye-ye – Youngblood reaches back to 1960s France on their new single

Youngblood. Kezia Nathe photo.

New music – Youngblood, ‘Laisse tomber les filles’

Youngblood​ is following up their debut EP Feel Alright with a cover of a song first recorded in 1964 by French singer France Gall, released today.

“Laisse tomber les filles” (“Drop the Girls”) was written by Serge Gainsbourg and recorded by Gall when the singer was 17. She is regarded as one of the first “yé-yé” singers – a style of European pop that emerged in the early sixties.

“​Not only is it a great track, but I love the karmic message of heartbreak and of the heartbreaker’s inevitable comeuppance (even though it was ironically written by France’s #1 poetic womanizer),” Alexis Youngblood, who fronts the band, said in a media release. “We decided to reflect the more somber nature of the lyrics by changing the groove and the entire atmosphere of the track.​” 

Listen – Youngblood, “Laisse tomber les filles”:

Released through the Nimbus Media ​label, and produced by Nimbus School of Recording & Media​’s Vancouver-based instructor and producer ​Alex “Condor” Aligizakis​ (​Chris Witoski, Arn Rhys, and Chad Brownlee​) alongside his Production 200 class, “Laisse tomber les filles” (“Drop the Girls”) is a cover of a 1964 song by singer France Gall.

“​As a big fan of ’60s French pop, covering ‘Laisse tomber les filles’ was something I’ve been waiting for the chance to do,'” ​Young said.

​Youngblood also includes members from​ Vancouver acts Fake Shark​ and G​ay Nineties. ​The Vancouver pop band recently opened for M​other Mother ​for a show during that band’s five-night sold-out run at the Commodore Ballroom.

After winning a spot in this year’s ​2017 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class​, the band has currently been touring across Canada and Europe. For more info on Youngblood, visit youryoungblood.com. For more info on Nimbus, visit nimbusrecording.com.

The release of the track comes just in time for some European tour dates.

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