"Atlanta trio the Young Antiques play angry-young-man rock that draws the '80s Minneapolis hardcore scene as well as the Jam and Elvis Costello. With this unique mix, the band creates buoyant and propulsive songs that shoot straight to the heart of what makes good old rock & roll great."
“A Man, Not A Biography: "Sturdy, poetic and passionate, the Young Antiques may never be trendy but they've consistently been one of Atlanta's most reliable acts for more years than I'd care to remember"”
“Mixing the passionate delivery of the Clash, the beer-soaked glory of the Replacements, and the pop-savvy writing of “Surrender”-era Cheap Trick, Atlanta’s own Young Antiques deliver a fresh brand of no-nonsense bar rock. For being, in some peoples minds, quite the music industry town, the landscape of great rock bands tends to keep out of reach of any radar regarding the public-at-large. In the case of the Young Antiques, the influences they wear on their sleeve serves as a jumping-off point, not a mask to hide behind. This type of headstrong movement on the part of the band speaks worlds of their potential. Wherever this takes the Antiques next, it is safe to say that they make Atlanta proud.”
“Best Soundtrack For Two-Fisting It In L5P: 'Fucked Up In Public' (Young Antiques Music) Staff Pick: Atlanta's consummate power-pop songwriter Blake Rainey takes a drunken stroll through the bars of Little Five Points on the 7-inch "FUCKED UP IN PUBLIC" from the Young Antiques (Young Antiques Music). A rapid-fire jangle and searing lead follows our hero through his mini odyssey in this night in the life of a working man.”
“Vinyl Of The Month: It’s just the shot in the arm that the all-too-serious indie rock scene needs. If you’ve recently traded in your sense of fun for a pair of ironic Buddy Holly glasses, you might want to check out this 3-song blast of contagious energy, and remember what it was like when you first fell in love with the power of music. The Young Antiques have a penchant for great college-rock as well, something many of their post-punk peers lack. Being able to switch gears between straight up pop-punk and Paul Westerberg song structures makes Fucked Up In Public a well-rounded disc, and one well worth dropping the needle on.”
“Atlanta crew Young Antiques play straight-ahead rock 'n' roll with a gusto that's inspired by booze, sweat and testosterone. More Ramones than Replacements, they treat irony and artifice like anathema, letting it all hang out on tracks like "Nothing At All" and "Fucked Up in Public." What they do isn't for everyone, but they're good at what they do.”
“This appropriately named Atlanta trio sounds like a College Rock compendium: The pop muscle of Teenage Fanclub, some Replacements' rawk, some bittersweet Matthew Sweet, some Hüsker Dü propulsion. For fans of that — and if you're not, lay down your glow-sticks and grow a pair”
“In true 'tiques style the it's brash, fast and very clean. Not quite the usual fair of dirty recordings and sloppy chops that pass for wholesale punk these days, but the base elements are there. Plus it's called "Fucked Up In Public" and it's probably the most memorable song the Young Antiques have churned-out. ”
"The group's latest album, “Soundtrack to Tear Us Apart,” leans toward pop sensibilities—songs cut in three-to-four minute time ranges and rigidly structured—while eschewing pop's more asinine aspects in favor of something more hardened and genuine."
"They are angelically tough and their garage sound deserves to be heard by the outside world. Rainey can switch from the detail of the mundane to huge sweeps of power chords and a keening vocal howl."
“It is refreshing to hear straight-ahead, poppy rock songs done well, like a double scoop ice cream cone on a hot summer day. On Soundtrack to Tear Us Apart, the third album from Atlanta rockers Young Antiques, each song is a power-pop treat. The band has crafted a 10-song collection packed full of catchy hooks, clever lyrics, and the solid musicianship of veteran players confident in their abilities and chemistry together. With no missteps and lots of hits, Soundtrack to Tear Us Apart is a solid album through and through.”
"Fronted by Blake Rainey (guitar/vocals) and rounded out by Blake Parris (bass) and Kevin Charney (drums), the group's songs are dripping with whiskey-soaked heartbreak and are wrapped up in loose and confessional songcraft driven by a sultry, jangly garage-rock snarl."
"Blake Rainey and crew delivered a blistering set drawing from attempts to fuse literary sensibility into a an unpretentious basic rock formula, translating into a charged band inspired by a Blonde on Blonde Dylan and early Replacements whatsis. Minstrelship for the ages."
“After years of thankless club gigs, this power-pop outfit is poised for greatness and a much larger audience. The video for “Johnny Da Da,” from their recent release, “Soundtrack To Tear Us Apart,” showcases the ’Tiques as not only an undeniably potent rock trio but a viable national act.”
“Good music with plenty of feeling and power. Often a mess. Never dull. Produced with a fine fuzzy edge that leaves me feeling warm and happy. Stuff like this takes me back to nights where I can't remember what happened after cashing the fifth dollar pitcher of Natural Light. Maybe my strange little nostalgia trip is clouding my judgment, but I'm still pretty sure these guys make some damned fine music. Louder than what the alt. country crowd wants to hear, and I think that's a good thing. Keep it loose, boys, and never be afraid of a little feedback.”
“These are not copycats, but talented musicians who know how to use their influences to craft hooky melodies and fashion intelligent lyrics, blending the two together to create great songs.”
“Blake Rainey's guitar and vocals lead the way for The Young Antiques, a band whose name suggests retro even though their sound is anything but, unless you consider any band with the ability to rock and roll "retro," in which case they're guilty as charged. I like bands you can't easily categorize, and that's what we have here.”
“Atlanta based trio The Young Antiques make no apologies for embracing the music of their past, and with the release of their latest full length, CLOCKWORKER, listeners won't come asking them to. With a brick wall guitar sound and solid, backbeat-for-a-spine rhythm section, the Tiques present straightforward, high energy, balls out, rebellious post-punk anthems with choruses that beg you to scream along. This is a great honest rock record that some might turn their noses up at, but all I can say is get over yourself and turn the shit up.”
"Clockworker'' captures the industrious spirit of the post-punk revolution of the late 1970s and early 1980s - a spirit Rainey says long has been in the 'tiques live performances, but perhaps was missing from its debut album.
“These are guys who believe in the power of the guitar rave-up. See, for instance, "Porcelain", with its wide-open chords and exhilarated, breathless vocals. They've got a bit of Hüsker Dü in them, too, as the insistent, driving rhythms and anger-spat lyrics of "Adore" demonstrate”
“For those of you seeking revved-up guitar, chugga-chugga drum bombastics and impassioned vocals, look no further than Wardrobe For a Jet Weekend. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Blake Rainey has fashioned an album of gritting subject matter that is engrossing and hard-driving. There’s no doubt that the Young Antiques have put heart and soul into this release and imbued it with generous slices of rock and country, with a bit of snarling punk added for good measure. A fully realized album of conscience, passion and musicianship.”
“It's rather odd to use the phrase "good taste" when referring to a rock 'n' roll band, especially when it's a brash, four-chord garage combo composed of swaggering young guys who just finished their adolescence, like, yesterday. But that's exactly the case with Atlanta's Young Antiques. The 'tiques have got attitude and testosterone to burn, but that's just a jumping off point. The band manages to sound current while mining the sounds of '60s British Invasion pop (The Kinks), pub rock, early new wave (Costello, Lowe, Graham Parker) and a little bit of hillbilly twang to boot. These influences might not be the trendiest thing this week, but they're quality stuff—as is the Young Antiques' original material.”
“The debut effort from this Atlanta trio fully lives up to their oxymoronic name, a contradiction of old and new sounds. Influences are disparate, save for the fact that they're all worthwhile -- from '60s sounds like the Who, Kinks, and Beatles to modern roots rock, the Young Antiques fashion an individual sound that offers something for everyone without degenerating into lowest-common-denominator blandness.”
"If nothing else, the Young Antiques live up to their name. This is a band that's equally at home with a power pop stomper and some sweet steel guitar, often in the same song. Plenty of bands would collapse under such eclecticism, but the Antiques hold it together with Blake Rainey's sharp, clever lyrical takes and a rock-solid rhythm section. Along with Rainey's strong vocals and jangly guitar playing, the Antiques pull of such genre acrobatics with plenty of aplomb. The band's overall sound is polished enough to warrant possible airplay on mainstream radio, but the sound is never overly slick or as depressingly predictable as most of what we hear on the airwaves these days. Truly a little bit of old and a little bit of new, a little bit rock and roll and little bit country, Wardrobe For A Jet Weekend is a top-notch record by a promising young band."
“The Young Antiques defy categorization, combining classic garage rock, post-punk, and country (among other styles). Local legend has it that if you ask the band to describe itself, they will say, "Eurocanapowerpop." Yes, that's sort of a combination of 60's-style Euro-pop, Americana-pop, and power-pop. More than just about any local band I've heard over the last year or so, The Young Antiques' sound immediately grabs the listener, both at live shows and on Wardrobe For A Jet Weekend, their first full-length release...the album is surprisingly tight, offering short and powerful tunes with both a rock edge and a danceable beat. Few indie rock bands include enough emotive lyrics, interesting combinations of strings, and a constant bopping beat to withstand my "workout" test: I can take this CD to the gym and walk the treadmill for a full 30 minutes without having to skip a song.”