Last year, Louisville Kentucky-based Frederick the Younger released their impressive full-length debut album, Human Child. The album is an eclectic mix of psychedelic groove-influenced garage pop injected with earnest and wildly accessible melodies. Since its release, founding members, core song-writers, and couple Aaron Craker and Jenni Cochran have been touring consistently, solidifying the band’s lineup, and working on new material. With a new EP on the near horizon as well as an album’s worth of new songs in their back pocket, Fredrick the Younger recently stopped in at the Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh NC.
Raleigh was coming off a sizable December snowfall over the weekend. By Tuesday most of the snow had melted, but it was a cold night that greeted the audience who made their way to the Pour House. Luckily Frederick the Younger brought the heat with a great set that leaned heavily on new material. The chemistry between the recently engaged Jenni Cochran (vocals, keys, guitar) and Aaron Craker (guitar, vocals, keys) was undeniable from the offset. The duo, backed by Shelley on bass and Meg on drums, exchanged knowing looks as they played off each other and seamlessly swapped instruments and vocals throughout the set. Jenni didn’t stop at just swapping instruments, sporting a few coat changes as well while joking that she had overpacked for the tour. After playing the title track from Human Child early in the concise ten song set, the band shifted into new material, including their latest singles “Everybody Wants to Take You for a Ride” and “Jessica.” The new songs contained all the irresistible hooks of their earlier work with an added dash of experience and maturity. By the time they closed out with an unbridled run through “Horoscope” that saw Aaron playing guitar from the middle of the club, Frederick the Younger had won over the room and added to their growing fanbase.
Heading into 2019, Frederick the Younger are facing a slow-burning but bright future that could ignite at any moment. This is a band to watch for, and definitely catch if you get the chance…
Opening the show in Raleigh fell to Charleston SC locals, Babe Club. Like Frederick the Younger, Babe Club’s founding duo are both song-writing collaborators and a couple. Corey Campbell and Jenna Desmond have spent the last few years building their musical and personal chemistry as members of stalwart indie band SUSTO before making the decision to step out on their own. The talented duo have released their debut single “Hate Myself,” and are working on a self-produced full length album. Their set at the Pour House was a solid mix of indie rock built on breezy dream-pop guitar lines wrapped around Jenna’s powerful yet delicate vocals.
Frederick the Younger + Babe Club @ The Pour House Music Hall