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A mysterious cassette-only artist who began putting out material on tape in the late 1980s, although some of it started to appear on CD in the late 1990s. His music is haunting, acoustic rock with a sense of British whimsy akin to Robyn Hitchcock or Donovan. - All Music Guide 'Richie Unterberger's book, Unknown Legend of Rock and Roll, got me hooked on the lesser known psychedelic bands like Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects, Love, United States Of America, and The Bluethings. Last year, I came across a page on Unterberger's website and saw Damien Youth's Sunfield and Surprise Symphony albums listed along side Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects debut record in an All Time Favorite Top Ten Cult Rock Albums of the 1990s list. I searched for online reviews of Damien Youth albums and found writers comparing him to Syd Barrett, Donovan, and other obscure UK psychedelic bands. I'd been obsessed with British psychedelic groups like Kaleidoscope, Tintern Abbey, and The Move since 2000 and felt excited that a contemporary artist was loving the same sounds that I was. I tracked down some songs from Sunfield through a friend and played Susie Cinnamon at least fifty times in one week on my car and home stereos. It's one of the catchiest psychedelic pop songs that I've ever heard, and I've tried my hardest to search for them all.' - From Richter Atmosphere from 90.3 FM KDVS Magazine. 'Often placid on the surface, Damien Youth's lyrics frequently conceal ambiguity and disturbance that can be startling'- From Westcoast writer Ritchie Unterberger. 'And here he is, the real star of the book, right at the end of it all. Edgar Allen Poe just picked up a guitar.' -From Mick Mercer a U.K. writer/ From The Book 'THE HEX FILES'. 'Damien Youth's songs are like yellowed pictures from another time. But as it's true with old pictures they come alive - contradictingly so - out of the yellowness, colours seep through - clear and imagination invoking, like a DALI painting.' -From Peter Sjoblom, writer for the Swedish Magazine GROOVE. 'Damien Youth is an independent singer/songwriter/musician who works in a number of rock sub-genres. He has been a part of various musical projects including The Cosmic Cult Of Adam Strange, Featherbox, Kyte, Magic Island, Surprise Symphony and Walter Ghoul's Lavender Brigade. He has also recorded with Peter Daltrey of the classic '60s band Kaleidoscope. The common quality in all of Damien Youth's music is his uncanny understanding of the melodic heart of the song.' - From Nick Benson, Writer for THE BROKEN FACE magazine.