New Atlantic Youth is a power trio of native New Yorkers swimming through the streets of the Gowanus. Guided blindly by the music, they mix up a medley of sweet and sour-coated rhythms and verses.
The band began as a musical partnership between Ian Elkind and Dan Fogarty at LaGuardia High School in 2004 and continued throughout their separate matriculations via the emailing of song demos and infrequent jam sessions over school holidays.
In 2009, Ian and Dan invited fellow local musician Jesse Katz to become the band’s drummer thus solidifying the group’s powerful, rhythm-driven honey and vinegar songwriting style with Katz’s frenetic, yet rock solid, drumming.
On June 12, 2010, New Atlantic Youth played their third show at King Killer Studios and released their first record, New Atlantic Youth EP. New Atlantic Youth gave out and digitally released their second record, Gowanus EP, on January 28th, 2011 at release party held at King Killer Studios. New Atlantic Youth is currently working on their first full-length album to be released in Spring 2013.
New Atlantic Youth combines the dynamics of early 21st century post-hardcore with a myriad of big sounds that will have you banging your head, swaying your body, and dancing until you fall over.
“New Atlantic Youth bring you back to a time before “emo” became a (rightfully) dirty word. Their bombastic Fugazi-inspired approach to songcraft has bassist Dan Fogarty and drummer Jesse Katz catapulting each song, with frontman Ian Elkind doing his best Issac-Brock-in-space-guitar. Staying on one rhythm or tempo for precious few measures before flying to another; it’s amazing that there’s nothing jarring about it– These are songs you will know by heart, after hearing them once. New Atlantic Youth may write sing-a-long anthems, but they’re delivered with an intensity ferocious enough for crowds more concerned with moshing than the nuances of Elkind’s diverse vocalizations. Equal parts At The Drive In, Jawbox, and Sunny Day Real Estate, New Atlantic Youth are a power-trio in the absolute best way; pushing a noisy envelope, but never at the expense of a truly gratifying pop hook. The only downside is that after listening to their “NAY” and “Gowanus” EPs, you’ll be wishing there were more bands out today that sounded like New Atlantic Youth.”-John-Severin (John-Severin & The Quiet 1s, The Brooklyn What)