Youth Group Biography
Singer + guitarist & songwriter Toby Martin formed Youth Group with drummer Danny Lee Allen in the late '90s in Sydney, AUSTRALIA and despite several line-up changes since, these two remain at the band's core; the latest incarnation of the band also features guitarist Cameron Emerson-Elliott and bassist Patrick Matthews, ex-The Vines.
Before signing with the independent label Ivy League Records, the group had been at the forefront of the Aussie Alternative-Rock scene since their inception; they built up a strong live following, recorded a string of fine EPs and finally released their debut full-length album, "Urban & Eastern", in 2000.
"Skeleton Jar", the band's second full-length disc, was released in March 2004 in their homeland; with the album garnering four and five star reviews, the word on Youth Group begins to spread and the band eventually signed an international deal with legendary U.S. label Epitaph who issued their sophomore effort in May 2005; tours in America and Europe followed, with Death Cab For Cutie becoming fans and offering Youth Group a support slot on a leg of its sold-out U.S. tour in the fall. The single "Shadowland", which was played on the TV show "The O.C.", became a moderate hit on triple-A, Rock and Pop radio stations.
Youth Group was invited by "The O.C." to put its own stamp on the '80s hit "Forever Young" for a crucial scene in the show; released as a single, it peaked at #1 on the Australian ARIA Singles chart in the first week of April 2006 and achieved double platinum sales, so the stage was set for the band to release its third LP, "Casino Twilight Dogs", it debuted at #10 upon its July 2006 release in Australia and achieved gold status there. In the U.S. the Sydney-based alt-Rock outfit selected "Sorry" as the radio single off their third studio album, which was released on ANTI- in January 2007.
June 2008 saw the release of the quartet's next album, "The Night Is Ours".