Yes, in fact Electric Youth was named after the Debbie Gibson record…and why not? The Toronto duo/couple of Bronwyn and Austin have a deep love for 80s Pop music and pop culture in general that is reflected in their music.
However unlike Gibson, Tiffany and other vapid contemporaries of the day, Electric Youth are part of the well respected Valerie Collective, which includes artists like College and Anoraak. Theirs is a wonderful sound which is inexplicably modern and nostalgic at the same time.
The duo got their big breakthrough, when A Real Hero, their collaboration with College was featured on the soundtrack to the film Drive. So widespread is the reach of that soundtrack, that it has spawned its own tour. Electric Youth has been on the road this summer with College and Anoraak as part of the Drive Tour.
- August 9 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar (Small Room)
- August 10 – El Paso, TX – Garden Bar
- August 11 – Austin, TX – Red7
- August 12 – New Orleans, LA – One-Eyed Jack’s
- August 14 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
- August 15 – Orlando, FL – The Social
- August 16 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Using that as a springboard to success, Electric Youth is hoping their new single, The Best Thing takes them to the next level. They worked with none other than Synthpop wizard Vince Clarke on the track and plan to work further with Clarke and the debut record following the Drive tour.
Take a listen below…