February 20, 2006 12:00 PM

Young for Eternity


Thank God for Dracula … Now I can leave my work for nights/ And leave my day for sleeping.” So wails singer-guitarist Billy Lunn on the crunching title track of the Subways’ debut, which is packed with the kind of raw energy and brash attitude that comes with youth. The London indie-rock trio—which is rounded out by Lunn’s younger brother, drummer Josh Morgan (Lunn uses their mother’s maiden name professionally), and the frontman’s girlfriend, bassist Charlotte Cooper—hits you like an express train with these short blasts of punk and garage. The crowning moment is “Rock & Roll Queen,” a snarling, Nirvana-style stomper that fans of The O.C. might remember from when the band performed it on the show last fall. The song plays like a teenage love letter from Lunn to his own “little rock & roll queen,” Cooper: “You are the sun/ You are the only one/ You are so cool/ You are so rock & roll.” The Subways keep it on full throttle on the raucous “Holiday” and the strutting “I Want to Hear What You Have Got to Say” (one of several cuts on which Cooper shares the mike), while taking a melodic turn on the dreamy “No Goodbyes.” Young for Eternity shows that the group, whose members range from 19 to 21, definitely has room to mature: The CD loses steam at the end, some songs are underdeveloped, and the lyrics are adolescent at best. But as Lunn sings on “Oh Yeah,” “These teenage years, well, they don’t last.” So let them enjoy them while they can.

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