Some things have to be broken down before they can be built back up. For Young Ones the seed was planted after the implosion of a band called The Rad that recorded and toured the country trapped in an uncreative, business- focused groupthink. After returning home to East Texas permanently following The Rad’s final west coast tour, Brian Braquet abandoned business and found honesty in his bedroom with an acoustic guitar, writing the soundtrack to his life. He ditched quick hooks and easy one-liners for a stream of consciousness that at times is so simple and direct that it’s almost painful to hear. For Brian music is therapy and as he stripped away the dishonest parts of his songwriting his songs stripped away the dishonest parts of his life. So This Is Love is just as much a debut EP for Young Ones as it is a map through the dark places that Brian’s uncertain future led him to, a guide through things he had to tackle alone: alcohol abuse, relationship issues, new jobs and finding purpose in life when there were no guarantees that he would ever again be able to play music professionally. At the end of that road all that was left was Brian, a sense of purpose and the six songs that would make So This Is Love. Entering the studio in late 2011 with the help of producers Trevor Tull and John Eric, Brian and his newly-formed band crafted those six ideas into a raw, emotional account of the past two years of his life. Elevated by musical tastes and technical chops of Chris Unger, Michael Pugh, Russel Polvado and Eric Meeks, So This Is Love listens like a love letter to the late 90’s emo bands that inspired Young Ones to make music in the first place. It references a time when the balance of raw emotion and studio perfection was obvious and bands were rewarded for laying their hearts on stage instead of their hair.