Video premiere: Western Youth’s ‘Hangin’ On’ offers peek at upcoming debut album

Western Youth’s “Hangin’ On” will be part of their self-titled album due out Sept. 21. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

Austin band Western Youth has been picking up steam over the past year as they prepare for next month’s release of a self-titled album, their first in five years. Taylor Williams has fronted the band since the start, but there’s a new secret weapon in their lineup with the addition of Graham Weber, a longtime presence in Austin as a solo acoustic act and with the band So Long, Problems.

The band’s video for “Hangin’ On,” which we’re premiering on Austin360 today, gives an idea of what the new record will sound like. The performance is full of energy and passion, with Williams and Weber trading verses back and forth before the hard-hitting chorus speaks to the desperation of “Hangin’ on, just by a thread.” The video intersplices slow-motion live footage with topical news clips and photos both recent and decades old; viewers will recognize most of them.

The group’s next live show is Aug. 17 at Hard Luck Lounge. Here’s “Hangin’ On”: