Butch Young serves up an idiosyncratic brand of Britpop, alternately exuberant and melancholic, by turns Baroque, Bubblegum and bittersweet.
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, Butch mostly grew up Wayne, NJ -- a stone’s throw from The (actual) Fountains of Wayne. With band-mate Nick Celeste, Butch formed the power-pop combo “In Color.”
Upon releasing an EP on Questionmark Records, they became label-mates of perennial pals, Dramarama.
Shortly after this, In Color recorded an EP’s worth of material produced by Richard Barone (of the Bongos) -- who also played guitar and sang backing vocals on the tracks.
When Celeste grew busier as sideman of Richard Barone's solo act, Butch ventured westward – joining fellow Wayne transplants Dramarama in L.A. Butch contributed backing vocals to their albums “Cinema Verite” (Questionmark/New Rose/Chameleon) and “Hi Fi Sci Fi” (Chameleon/Elektra) -- concurrently recording his own material with them at Hollywood’s Music Box Studios.
Richard Bosworth (The Knack/Johnny Rivers) and Dramarama’s Chris Carter co-produced a subsequent batch of Butch’s material. Instrumental collaborators included guitarist Berton Averre (The Knack), drummer Phil Jones (Tom Petty), bassist Rick Rosas (Neil Young) with backing vocals from Edan Everly and John Easdale.
Butch more recently re-teamed with producer Richard Bosworth and The Knack’s Berton Averre to record another of his songs (“By Invitation”).
Butch has contributed tracks to several International Pop Overthrow compilations (Not Lame Records) as well as Power Pop Academy's "This Christmas Time 4" compliation (Japan), "Ice Cream Man: Powerpopsicle Brainfreeze" compilation (Sweden) and the "Big Stir: Power Pop & More at CIA - The First Year" CD compilation.
His home-recorded album, “Mercury Man” was self-released January 15, 2016.
He’s been caught on occasion performing in Hollywood clubs with such local luminaries as Robbie Rist, Mark Englert, Derf Scratch and principal “Mercury Man” collaborator, Matt Lee.