Matt K Von And Jonny Castro are Parachute Youth, a super hot Australian duo originating from Sydney and Adelaide respectively, who met two years a go at a boring shindig, six or seven guys just bonging around the couch. After thirty minutes they left the less - than -party, went home, got arty and made their first track, titled It Can get better than this. By default the bong had created an incredible team.
Previous to this less than spectacular meet, Matt worked as an Avionics Technician in the airforce, working on jet fighters (hence the name Parachute youth). Johnny had played at festivals such as Big Day Out with local outfit Def Starr (playing synth) with some success with their remix of Fences by Phoenix. Witness to his mastery of chords and be further amazed he is self-taught! After some months the boys left their home towns, left their girlfriends, sold their cars moved moved to Paris.
In the two years since the boys first worked together they teamed up with a completely blown away Ajax from Sweat it Out Records (begging them to come back from France) who in turn recruited a completely bowled over Sam La More to engineer the single Can get Better Than This. At times it was a difficult process, not wanting to curb the raw appeal of the group, but in the end Parachute Youth prevailed. A wonderfully hypnotic celebration of life, a song soaring with unbridled joy, dark melancholy and drama reverbed. Although the boys cite their influences as Joy Division/New Order, The Human League, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, The Stone Roses, the sound is completely modern and
contemporary swallowing up huge tracts of musical vision, and providing for more goosebumps than a christmas feast.
Upon sending it to a few friends, the single quickly spread! Can get Better Than This was the first played song on JJJ radio in 2012, played after the stroke of midnight in celebration of the year ahead. The insanely magnificent accompanying film clip shot by French Clip Producer Julien Paolini served up nearly 50,000 views in ten days on you tube. Julien travelled to Burkina Faso, under security escort, in helicopters, to hire kids to play out a drama (that actually occurs annually but was cancelled due to civil strife) in this troubled African republic. Beyond the ever growing internet hype the band are receiving, Empire Of the Sun, heard it, loved it and posted it up on their social media! When bands don talk about themselves you know it must be something special.