October 09. 2013 12:07AM By Bill Thomas Weekender Correspondent
Young at Heart CD release show with Aayu, Those Clever Foxes, Lost Continents, and A Fighting Chance: Oct. 11, 7 p.m., The Vintage (326 Spruce St., Scranton). $7. Info: 570.589.0271, youngatheartpa.com.
Don't be fooled by the band name – Young at Heart has been around the block. In fact, you may know the Scranton-based pop punk quintet better as Terror on the Screen, the moniker the group had, until recently, gone by since 2008. Despite garnering a promising reputation in the NEPA music scene following the release of their 2009 album, “This Time's for Real,” bandmates George Yurchak (vocals), Eddie Collins (guitar), Chris Ventura (guitar), Kyle Williams (bass), and Jerry Bruno (drums) admit they failed to capitalize on the interest they had generated. Instead, through a poisonous combination of higher priorities, such as family and work-related personal issues and plain old procrastination, they played shows only sporadically and didn't release any original material since “This Time's for Real.” With a new name and a new self-titled album out now, Young at Heart is determined not to let history repeat itself. “We want to do it right this time,” Bruno says. “We made some mistakes in the past, but we've learned from them. Young at Heart is the new and improved version of ourselves.” Set to celebrate their rebirth with an album release show at The Vintage in Scranton this Friday, the band members feel the name change represents not just a shift in their attitude and ambitions, but also in the music itself. “We really took our time to make sure that everything was just right. We didn't want to take any quick steps to make the album come out quicker. It took a little while to bring it out, but we really tried to write the absolute best music we could,” Bruno says. “It's less all-over-the-place, more focused, and more mature. This album is more cohesive than the last one was. I feel like we really found our sound, and I'm actually really excited to write more music now because of the momentum we have from doing this album.” That momentum should also come in handy as Young at Heart prepares to not simply regain the traction it made under its previous name, but surpass it. That means touring. Lots of touring. “Instead of being known as just a local band, we want to be known as a band that is from Scranton but is out there in the world doing their thing, nationally. We're more serious about this band than we were in the past,” Williams says. “We want to try to take over the tri-state area first, really push ourselves in the states surrounding Pennsylvania and then build outward. We want to try and create some sort of buzz and then just basically make the circle wider and wider and wider.” Still, it's not all self-promotional seriousness for these homegrown pop punkers. To them, music is still more of a passion than a business. As professional as their newfound aspirations are, well, there's a reason they call themselves “Young at Heart.” “With us, no matter where we are, we always just want to be the guys who are having fun. We're serious about our music, so we're not just a bunch of goofballs,” Bruno says. Then, a pause. “Well, really, I guess we are,” he says with a laugh. “'Young at Heart' is what we are.”