Label: Discograph Release date: 2007 Website: http://www.killtheyoung.com/ Buy: Amazon A couple of years on from their debut, Kill The Young produced another energetically sound album. Proud Sponsors Of Boredom takes more of a dance approach than their self-titled first album. While Kill The Young seems to be designed for head banging and arm flailing, this latter album shows a transformation in the way the band set out their rhythm; it's slightly more mechanical, with a real appeal for taking to the floor, but they still retain their original sound, being careful not to lose their rock persona. Although Proud Sponsors Of Boredom Starts off slowly with the ballad-like 'All By Myself' (would have been wiser to use a name that wouldn't confuse it with the cheesy Celine Dion number) those one and a half minutes are soon blasted away by the marching of 'Saturday Soldiers' and the heavily distorted, climactic-bridged 'She's Got It All'. By the time it gets to 'We Are The Birds' it's as though the album's begun for real. The fresh sound of background chatter suggests that everyone's arrived late and the songs, 'We Are The Birds' and 'Biting The Bullet', are Proud Sponsors Of Boredom's next phase, in which the systematic thumping of drums is followed by breaking into fast-paced guitar attacks, or the classic dance-rock rhythms. The other strong tracks of the album have to include the somewhat apocalyptic 'Dial "S" For Saviour'. It seems to turn the idea of the second coming of whatever deity people worship into a ghostbusters/super hero style theme tune, and having always fancied Jesus/Krishna/Horus as a super hero I can strangely see the appeal. Along with this the album offers up 'Nothing Left To Write'. While it has a typical uplifting introduction, it also seems to denounce any lack of influence that life today offers. Having listened to Kill The Young's discography all at once before reviewing it, I've noticed their subtle developments in the way that they play their music. Although Proud Sponsors Of Boredom shows a real advance in vitality since the self-titled album, there is still a lacking of their live abilities that won over the 405's writers in the first place, and I'm not too sure if anyone would be able to listen all the way through to the 15 minutes of feedback at the end of 'All By Myself (part 2)'. It will be interesting to see if all of their new material can live up to their gigs. Rating: 7/10 MP3: Kill The Young - Biting The Bullet