In the “Genre” section of their Facebook page, Young Prisms shout their answer in caps-lock: “SHOEGAZE.” It’s nothing new for bands to skewer the concept of embracing or self-identifying with genres (comb through MySpace for a couple of hours and you’ll lose track of how many bands think that listing themselves as “Christian Rap” or “Ghettotech” is gut-bustingly funny), but in Young Prisms’ case, the line between truth and gag is terribly blurry.
“I never really thought about it,” bassist/vocalist Giovanni Betteo says, sounding a bit bewildered when asked a question about the seriousness of their eight-letter mission statement.
Making the tag so potent is their music’s otherworldliness.
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