Brighton-based alt-rockers Youth Sector have gone through a mini-transformation since their final flourish of 2018.

Back with a bang, Youth Sector 2.0 represent something grittier, rawer and harder-hitting on latest single ‘Run’ – a tune that fuses the snarl of ‘Juicebox’-era Strokes with technicolour synths, low bruising bass and the band’s trademark freneticism.

Before the Brighton-based quintet bring their souped-up sound to Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July, we spoke to them about their current influences and more.

How would you describe Youth Sector to a stranger?

“The sounds from late 70s/early 80s post-punk bands, but trying to cram as much synthy weirdness as possible into a hooky chorus.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“Bands like Talking Heads, Devo, Preoccupations and The Fall. We take a lot of inspiration from their angular sound and combination of the sonic rawness of punk along with maintaining attention to melody and groove.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“When we play venues like The Finsbury and The Old Blue Last in London they’re always a pleasure, because the sound on stage is so good it allows you to have a great time performing, and they seem to bring reliable crowds each time too.”

You’re based in Brighton – what’s your local music scene like?

“It’s good for small venues – places like The Prince Albert, The Green Door Store and The Hope & Ruin are venues we’ve played a lot over the time we’ve been a band. It’s a big jump to go from there to the likes of The Haunt, but there are some great acts like Jumanji and Alfie Neale who are smashing it at The Haunt.”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“Stranger Girl, Suzi Island and GURU – three local bands all releasing consistently brilliant material, all consisting of super friendly people.”

You’re playing Hidden Herd Festival 2019 in July – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?

“We’ve played with CHILDCARE before, but seeing them again will be such a treat. Never seen Saltwater Sun so we’re also massively looking forward to seeing them – ‘Blood’ is going to be incredible to hear live.”

And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Youth Sector?

“We’ve got a new single we can’t wait to get out there in early summer, and after that we’ll almost definitely be back in the studio recording the next ones.”

Youth Sector play Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July alongside KAWALA, BLOXX, Anteros, Sick Joy, CHILDCARE, Chappaqua Wrestling, Saltwater Sun, Hot Dreams, Circe and more. Super Early Bird tickets are available via DICE.