"I come from an electro background and Sarah from piano/singer-songwriter," he says. "On my own I'd be making super heavy Euro dance, and Sarah would be Regina Spektor all day. But when we sit in the studio, we honestly just vibe this controlled, concise writing style. I grew up in a scene of metal and hardcore bands who inadvertently made me crave melody and structure."

Young London's full-length gets released on Seattle-based Fugitive Recordings in January, and from there the duo will hit the road for a national tour. A relocation to Los Angeles seems imminent, especially with label ties to the West Coast. But for now, the party's in Boston, even if Young London's sights are set on international success. Adds Rhoades, "I think we fit in [here] with the indie dance kids in the area, but there is a whole culture of that worldwide. I guess I hope we fit in with everyone. Someone just said to me, 'Don't forget that pop means popular music.' "

YOUNG LONDON + SHIRTS AND SKINS + DJ HATE | Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm | 18+ | $12 | 617.864.3278 or mideastclub.com

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