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Drummer for the Fountains of Wayne and the Posies

Brian Young is a power pop drummer known for his work as a member of Fountains of Wayne and The Posies as well as many other contemporary rock and studio acts.  With the Seattle based Posies from 1994 through 1998, he toured and appeared on three of their albums, “Amazing Disgrace”, “Success” and the live record “After The Iceberg”.  He joined Fountains of Wayne in 1996 and has recorded five of their LPs. The Fountains of Wayne reached stardom in 2008 with their Grammy award nominated smash hit “Stacy’s Mom”.  Young has toured the world several times on concert tours.  He has also worked with The Jesus and Mary Chain, Jim Carroll, Mandy Moore, Japanese superstar Junko Yagami, America, Ivy, Burt Bacharach, The Walkabouts, Afghan Whigs, Gutter Twins, Skyward, and The Long Winters.  He was voted #3 best alternative rock drummer in the DRUM! Magazine 2006 Readers Poll.  He is an endorser of Ludwig Drums and SABIAN cymbals.

Brian Young was born in Pittsburgh in 1968 and grew up in Bethel Park.  In 1980 his family moved to Prescott, Arizona where Brian began playing drums as a teenager. Practicing he played along to progressive rock and metal albums by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Rush, and Yes.  He got his professional start filling in at gigs for his overbooked drum teacher, Pete Hanford of the now defunct Prescott Music Center.  His first gig was with a country and western band.  Brian played with bands in the bars of the Whiskey Row section of Prescott.  He’d show up at gigs telling the band he was sitting in for his teacher.  Playing on weekends he learned to play country, R&B, and Pop dance and Top 40 tunes.

After graduation from Bradshaw Mountain High School in 1986, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Dick Grove School of Music.  Upon graduating he accepted a gig as a pit musician playing with The Bentley Brothers Circus.  He later toured Japan playing for the “Japanese Madonna” Junko Yagami.  Over the years he played with many bands on the West Coast until he joined The Posies in Seattle in late 1994 and recorded with them in 1995 on their fourth critically acclaimed album “Amazing Disgrace” that was released on Geffen Records in 1996.  The album sold well in Europe. Brian toured with The Posies during 1996 and 1997 playing the U.S., Asia, Australia and Europe.  The Posies performed with Burt Bacharach on his song "What the World Needs Now (Is Love)" that was featured in the 1997 Austin Powers movie “International Man of Mystery.”

Returning home in 1997 The Posies took a hiatus for solo projects after being released from their Geffen Records Recording contract. A mutual friend told Brian about a newly formed band put together by the duo Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood. The band was named after a lawn ornamental outlet called “Fountains of Wayne” near the duo’s hometown in Montclair, New Jersey.  Brian auditioned for Fountains of Wayne who had just released their first self-titled album on Atlantic Records.  He played the beat to the Steve Miller tune “Swingtown” and jammed with the band. Fountains of Wayne hired Brian and they began touring, opening for the Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox 20 and The Lemonheads as well as headlining their own shows.  Fountains Of Wayne tied for second place in the Billboard magazine's 1996 Critics' Poll and their single "Radiation Vibe" hit number 14 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 1997.

After touring with Fountains of Wayne, Brian recorded and toured for The Posies fifth album “Success” that was released on PopLlama Records in 1998.  He also recorded the live album “Runaway” with Jim Carroll in November 1998 at Seattle's Crocodile Café that was released in 2000.

Brian recorded with Fountains of Wayne in 1999 on their second album “Utopia Parkway” that was released on Atlantic. After another successful concert tour, Atlantic rewarded them by dropping them from the label.  Fountains of Wayne then disbanded for 3 years before they reunited.  The reformed unit recorded theme songs and tracks for shows on VH-1 and Comedy Central (the Crank Yankers theme).  Using their own money, they funded the recording of their third album “Welcome Interstate Mangers.”

A&R representative, Steve Yegewel, from their former label (Atlantic), signed them to a deal with his new label, S-Curve Records.  S-Curve released "Welcome Interstate Managers" in 2003 featuring the single "Stacy's Mom."  The video of “Stacy’s Mom”, which featured model Rachel Hunter as the object of desire, was championed by the president of MTV and quickly entered high rotation on the channel. The song reached no. 3 on the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream Chart and earned a gold record. The album reached 115 on the Billboard Top 200.  Several other singles received airplay including “Mexican Wine”, “Hey Julie” and “All Kinds Of Time”, which was used to promote the 2005 NFL season.

The band released a double disc collection of the band's unreleased material and fan-favorites called “Out-Of-State-Plates” in 2005.  The single "I-95" was named one of the Top 50 songs of the year by Rolling Stone magazine.  They released the CD “Traffic and Weather” on Virgin Records in 2007 which reached number 97 on the Billboard top 200 charts.  Fountains of Wayne’s summer 2011 release "Sky Full Of Holes” features the singles "Richie And Ruben" and "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart".  Brian Young continues to entertain fans around the world with his infectious power pop beats.

Fountains of Wayne
The Poises