Sauna Youth’s single The Bridge will also be released as a 7″ single on 15th January via Upset The Rhythm

Director Maria Cecilia Tedemalm worked with the band and a choreographer to plan the routine, using a mixture of professional dancers and friends in the final performance. She explains, “I think the best part of planning the video was when me, Rich and Jen [of Sauna Youth] tried to learn the electric slide in their livingroom!

There had been no rehearsals before the shoot and so a lot of the shots where improvised on the day. I like how the usual “polished” look of a choreographed dance video is paired with a punk song and a gritty aesthetic.”

She adds, “Rich and I begrudgingly walked around every single shop in Westfield [shopping centre] for two hours but couldn’t find any shorts in our price range, so we ended up buying everyone’s outfits online and they only just arrived the day before the shoot. You can’t see it in the video, but the shorts all have a weird mesh panel in the crotch… it was quite hot in the studio so I think the dancers where quite thankful for that in the end!”

Sauna Youth are excited to announce their first European tour early next year, visiting France, Spain, Belgium and Holland, as well as UK dates in Brighton and London:

27th January – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s w/ Soft Walls, The Glugg
28th January – Rennes, France – Bar’Hic
29th January – Bordeaux, France – TBC
30th January – San Sebastian, Spain – Lurrazpiko Festa
31st January – Madrid, Spain – Wurlitzer Ballroom
1st February – Zaragoza, Spain – La Lata de Bombillas
2nd February – Barcelona, Spain – Heliogabal
3rd February – Toulouse, France – Le Rabelin
4th February – Antwerp, Belgium – Music City
5th February – Leiden, Holland – CAB03
6th February – Amsterdam, Holland – Pacific Parc
7th February – Rotterdam, Holland – TBC
13th February – London, UK – The Forge “The Bridge” 7” release party

About Sauna Youth:

An evolving band of future humans making truly irregular punk not quite comparable to anything else. ‘Weird’ is a meaningless platitude, and ‘art punk’ is a classifier that shouldn’t be required.

Having started out in 2009 in Brighton, Sauna Youth ended up moving to London and changing line up to its current constellation in 2011. Attracted to the possibilities apparent within a DIY philosophy, the band self-recorded and self-released their own music until the release of their first LP, Dreamlands on Faux Discx/Gringo Records in 2012, creating a number of seven inches, splits and cassettes.

Comprised of Richard Phoenix (drums, vocals), Lindsay Corstorphine (guitar), Jen Calleja (vocals, sampler) and Christopher Murphy (bass), the band has naturally developed its sound in the three years since Dreamlands and is now in its ultimate form. All four members are also the band Monotony, which they formed while writing Distractions in 2014. Both Sauna Youth and Monotony have recorded numerous BBC 6 Music sessions for Marc Riley as well as appearing on his All Shook Up programme, and were invited to play DRILL Festival by Wire. As well as playing in Monotony, members of Sauna Youth are also in the bands Tense Men, Primitive Parts, Feature and Cold Pumas.

They’ve previously played with Sheer Mag, Pissed Jeans, Thee Oh Sees, Ceremony, Ty Segall and Protomartyr and have played at both Liverpool and Oslo Psych Fests. They have plans for a US tour later in the year.

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