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Classic Album Review: Young Heart Attack | Mouthful of Love

Co-ed vocals set these Austin rockers apart from the retro-rock pack.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


They say you can’t get blood from a stone. I’d say it’s almost as impossible to inject new blood into rock.

But Austin riff-monsters Young Heart Attack do it quite handily — and thunderingly — on their saucily titled debut disc Mouthful Of Love. Their secret? A little gender equality on the mic. Musically, you see, YHA are just your basic band of retro-rocking throwbacks who worship at the power-chord altar of ’70s gods like AC/DC, MC5 and The Who. What sets them apart from The Mooney Suzukis and Tight Bros. of the world are the co-ed vocals of Bon Scott shrieker Chris Hodge and Donnas-like belter-belle Jennifer Stephens. Their double-strength delivery has made fans of everyone from The Darkness to Lemmy — and by the time you finish headbanging to chunky crunchfests like Tommy Shots, El Camino and Starlite (which pays homage to Don’t Get Fooled Again), I suspect you’ll be onside too. If you want blood, you got it.