The Like Young
Last Secrets
May 9, 2006

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Last Secrets, the third album from Chicago's The Like Young, is filled with a brazen go-for-broke simplicity that has earned the band comparisons to White Stripes and Weezer.

Loosely connected, the songs on Last Secrets, chronicle the realization, confrontation and eventual victory over the major problems within one's life.

Funneling the complicated ups and downs of everyday living through their brazen simplicity (guitars, drums, synthesizers, vocals), the Ziembas have it down.


  • 1
    The Hell With This Whole Affair (1:57)
  • 2
    For Money Or Love (2:12)
  • 3
    Cold, Cold (2:41)
  • 4
    Spell It Out (2:41)
  • 5
    Some Closure (3:26)
  • 6
    All The Wrong Reasons (2:45)
  • 7
    Dead Eyes (2:32)
  • 8
    Obviously Desperate (5:04)
  • 9
    Writhe Like You Mean It (2:38)
  • 10
    Something Fell Through (1:02)
  • 11
    Almost Said Yes (2:29)
  • 12
    Hard Stress, Soft Skin (2:08)
  • 13
    Inner Fantasies (4:26)


The Like Young is a band that will have even your punk rock friends asking, ‘Who's this?' in a tone of genuine curiosity.
Echo Online

Perfect, immutable proof of the shared, secret world of two people.

Punk Planet
Despite being just a guitar and drums duo, Joe and Amanda Ziemba, the husband and wife team know as The Like Young, have infused their third full length with the energy, edginess and adrenaline of a live performance.  The result is the raucous Last Secrets, a scrappy little disc busting with fun.
The songs are played with go-for-broke ferocity: Joe tears at the syllables, Amanda crushes the beats, and yet the melodies never melt despite the heated environs. The songs are as sturdy and resilient as the characters in Ziemba's narratives. Hanging on for dear life as the world blitzes past in two-minute bursts.
Chicago Tribune

The Ziembas never sound like just two people: they play tight power-pop as if they had an extra person or two. In fact, they sound closer to The Spinanes than to The White Stripes, and closer still to twice-their-size groups like Weezer or Fountains of Wayne.


For those looking to expand their power-pop libraries, [Like Secrets] is an excellent record to consider picking up.

Punk Planet


  • For Money Or Love (2:15)

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