Photo Credits Demi Demitro
IN GESPREK MET THE YAWPERS
‘ONWEERSTAANBAAR’, ‘ZWAAR VERSLAVEND’, ‘AMERICANA BLUES DIE KEIHARD BINNENKOMT, JE VASTGRIJPT EN NOOIT MEER LOSLAAT’. HET ZIJN MAAR ENKELE KRETEN DIE OOIT AL EENS ZIJN GENOEMD WANNEER THE YAWPERS TER SPRAKE KWAMEN. DE ROOTSROCKERS UIT DENVER KONDEN EVENEENS REKENEN OP LOUTER POSITIEVE REACTIES NA HET VERSCHIJNEN VAN HET ALBUM ‘BOY IN A WELL’ DAT VORIG JAAR WERD UITGEBRACHT. BIJ DE TOTSTANDKOMING ERVAN WERD HULP GEBODEN DOOR DE VAN JD McPHERSON EN POKEY LAFARGE BEKENDE ALEX HALL TERWIJL TOMMY STINSON, O.A. THE REPLACEMENTS, PRODUCTIONELE EN MUZIKALE ASSISTENTIE VERLEENDE. TOCH ZIJN HET VOORNAMELIJK DE OPTREDENS WAARMEE THE YAWPERS EEN ONUITWISBARE INDRUK ACHTERLATEN. LIVE BRENGEN ZIJ DE SMERIGSTE JAREN-70-ROCK EN VUIGSTE DELTABLUES BIJ ELKAAR DIE JE TEGENWOORDIG NOG MAAR ZELDEN TEGENKOMT. HET DRIETAL ONDER LEIDING VAN FRONTMAN, ZANGER, GITARIST EN BOEGBEELD NATE COOK IS ONLANGS IN NEDERLAND NEERGESTREKEN OM HIER GEDURENDE ENKELE WEKEN FLINK HUIS TE HOUDEN. ZO ZULLEN ZIJ ONDER MEER AANSTAANDE ZATERDAG TIJDENS DE GRONINGSE RHYTHM & BLUES NIGHT TE ZIEN ZIJN. BLUES MAGAZINE DURFDE HET AAN OM DEZE WILDEMANNEN ENIGE VRAGEN TE STELLEN…
TEKST: JEROEN BAKKER
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE YAWPERS BETWEEN THE PREVIOUS ALBUM AND THE LAST ONE? AND WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN THE RELEASE OF ‘BOY IN A WELL’ (AS IT WAS RELEASED 7 MONTHS AGO) AND TODAY?
“What happened? I mean, everyone, if they’re trying, grows as an artist between albums. ‘American Man’ was much more straightforward rock and roll. We wanted to diversify our sonic palate a bit. As to changes since the release of ‘Boy in a Well’, I’d say it’s a lot of the same. We keep growing our fan base, the places we play, and ourselves. It’s a grueling journey, but we are in it for the long haul.”
‘BOY IN A WELL’ WAS RECORDED IN CHICAGO, IT’S THE FIRST RECORDING SINCE YOU LEFT YOUR DENVER HOMETOWN. WHAT’S THE MAIN DIFFERENCE WHEN WE LOOK BACK TO YOUR PREVIOUS ALBUMS. DIFFERENT INFLUENCES?
“Recording in a different city gave us the opportunity to isolate ourselves, and focus solely on recording. Or, that was the idea anyway. We definitely wound up falling into different routines even in Chicago. But I think a chance of pace and scenery is conducive to good art.
We certainly went a different direction with this album. We wanted a stronger narrative, and more nuanced arrangements. Our influences are always changing.”
THE LAST THING YOUR FANS PROBABLY EXPECTED WAS THE RELEASE OF A CONCEPT- ALBUM. HOW DO THE NEW SONGS FIT IN THE SETLIST, AS EACH TRACK IS A DIVISION OF THE PLOT, IN COMBINATION WITH THE PREVIOUS MATERIAL?
“The songs were designed to stand on their own, in addition to being played chronologically. So we often will mix it in whatever order we so please!”
YOUR CLIPS COULD PROBABLY CAUSE / DEFINITELY CAUSE SOME COMMOTION. HOW DID PEOPLE RESPOND AFTER THE FIRST TIME ‘SILICONE LOVE’ WAS PRESENTED AS A LOT OF BLOOD WAS SHED IN THE ‘DOING IT RIGHT’-VIDEO (2015). ARE THE MAIN-CHARACTERS IN THIS SMALL MOVIE STILL ALIVE?
“Our videos haven’t gotten a lot of traction, but the people that identify with them have become real fans. ‘Silicone Love’ brought us a lot of new people, as did ‘Doing it Right’. The new video, ‘Reunion’, I think primarily confuses people.”
HOW ABOUT THE SUCCESS IN THE US AND OTHER COUNTRIES? DO THE REACTIONS TO YOUR MUSIC MUCH DIFFER FROM STATE TO STATE IN THE US?
“The US is a fragmented country, so we certainly see some variability state to state. We do well on the west coast, mid-west, and obviously our home state. As to the EU, the Netherlands and Spain have been great. France didn’t give a fuck (aside from Lyon).”
PLEASE TELL SOMETHING ABOUT THE FRIENDSHIP WITH J.D. WILKES (THE COLONEL) FROM THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHACKERS AND THE ACCOMPANYING COMIC BOOK WHICH WAS ILLUSTRATED BY HIM.
“Friendship? That man is the devil, and I love him. His hands channeled the dark spirit we were looking for.”
EXPECTATIONS OF THE UPCOMING EUROPEAN TOUR AND THE GIGS IN HOLLAND? NICE MEMORIES LEFT FROM YOUR FIRST VISIT TO HOLLAND?
“Holland! We loved our first few dates there, and are pumped to be coming back. It’s such a beautiful country.”
ANY FRENCH GIGS CONFIRMED? YOU ONCE APOLOGIZED TO ALL FRANCOPHONES AND THE WELL-LEARNED BECAUSE OF ‘YOUR BUTCHERY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE AND WW1 HISTORY’.
“Yeah, we had two French dates planned, and one cancelled. I guess it maybe did offend them.”
THE YAWPERS IS STILL A BASS-FREE BAND. STILL NOT SUCCEEDED IN FINDING THE RIGHT BASS-PLAYER?
“Bass will never be in the cards for us. It’s hard enough to have three people who hate each other in a van, four would break the axles.”
FAMOUS LAST WORDS / HOT NEWS / FUTURE PLANS / NOT FORGET TO MENTION
“Nah. Thanks for the interview!”
26-04: Den Haag @ The Live I Life
27-04: Deventer @ Burgerweeshuis
28-04: Groningen @ Rhythm & Bluesnight
05-05: Amsterdam @ De Nieuwe Anita