Thursday, 6 February 2014
You'd forgive Young Fathers for being sick and tired of reading the same old story about their unlikely formation and Scottish hip hop roots. You see, people like to pigeon hole don't they. Have everything labelled neatly and know where it fits in the world. No more so than in popular music. When a band comes along that throws this nerdy necessity into a state of unruly confusion, 'the people' (bless 'em) become rather fretful and scurry around wondering what to do with it. So let's help them get over the fact this outfit (Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and 'G' Hastings) hail from Scotland and Alloysious was born in Liberia, Kayus has Nigerian parents (but born in Scotland) and 'G' is an Edinburgh boy. There lies the nuts and bolts of it, should you need the facts, but we're here in Leeds' Belgrave music hall on a damp miserable Thursday with slightly over a hundred others to embrace the music rather than fret about from where it came. Pigeon-holers look away now!