Bored of 2013 already? Well, heads up, douchebag, The Yawns are hear to snap you out of it.
Belying their, well, yawn-inducing name, these guys are starting to look like pretty hot property following the release of a nine track, self-titled album late last year. It’s already been picked up for a vinyl re-release by Records Records Records and they’ve a short tour pencilled in for this month, including two blogger-affiliated gigs.
Well, ok calling a Song, by Toad night a blogger gig is a tad disingenuous given the mult-faceted label/gig/blog activity over at Toad Hall, but as well as that enterprise (January 19), The Yawns are in for the next – deep breath – Scottish Fiction Presents Ayetunes Vs Peenko night on January 26.
The superb Plastic Animals are in tow for both gigs, but what about The Yawns themselves? Their ragged, boy/girl pop sounds very promising indeed and the album is well worth investigating. Like distorted guitars, summery tunes, C86 and all that? Then step right this way.
We spoke to singer Sean to get the goss this week.
So who the hell are you?
Hey we’re The Yawns. A band from Glasgow comprising of five members. Four of us are unemployed, and the other one is called Emma.
Describe your sound in ten words or less!!
The sound of whales gently brushing against the sea bed.
How did you guys start making music together?
Gav (Will – guitars) and I worked together donkeys’ years ago. Emma (Smith – bass) and Gav are a couple. Rikki (Will – drums) is Gav’s brother and went to school and was in a band with Stuart ‘Mini’ McIntosh (guitars). I was a cringe-worthy fan boy of Rikki and Mini’s band. We now all live together. It was inevitable.
Do you feel you’re influenced by anyone in particular?
Anyone who plays by their own rules and is a keen enthusiast of DIY.
Do you feel that, as a name, The Yawns stimulates excitement??
No, we don’t feel the name stimulates excitement. Better to undersell than to call ourselves The Flamin’ Hot Mustangs or something equally racy.
What inspried the songs on the album?
This isn’t exactly controversial, but it would have to be the big L. Love. Love for others around you, love for yourself, and love for animals and inanimate objects. We love everything. Even if the love is not reciprocated. That’s a shame, but hey, love you.
You’re the latest band to dip their toe in the murky ‘gigs for bloggers’ water. I assume the requisite sanity checks were carried out in full?
We are aware of the risks, and have not taken this decision lightly. We are assured in the knowledge that bloggers only have muscle tone in their keyboard fingers, so we can probably overpower them if things get nasty. Worst comes to worst we can hit them where it really hurts, in the hard drive.
Do you have any shows coming up?
Well, it’s funny you should ask, as we have our first UK tour coming up very soon beginning on January 19.
Those dates are as follows:
19th – Bad Fun @ Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh w/Plastic Animals and Garden of Elks (tickets)
20th – Comfortable on a Tightrope and Giant Hell ‘Love In’ @ Kraak Gallery, Manchester
21st – Records Records Records The Yawns Vinyl LP Launch @ Old Blue Last, London
23rd – Music // Chips @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds
24th – Please Please You @ Basement, York
25th – Beach Creep @ Shacklewell Arms, London
26th – Scottish Fiction Presents Ayetunes vs. Peenko @ 13th Note, Glasgow w/King Post Kitsch and Plastic Animals (more info).
Certainly a big step for a band that have only played a couple of gigs to date. They say yawning’s contagious, let’s hope these guys are too.