With the release from the band out TODAY across all streaming platforms, I thought it would be a good time to have a chat to the band and see how they are getting on.
Tell us a bit about the band. Where are you from and how did you all meet?
We are Yard of Blondes and we’re from all over the place!
Fanny (Bass/Vocals) and myself, Vincent, (Vocals/guitar) are both French but we met in Los Angeles, California, in 2010 and that’s where we are established. We started as an acoustic duet and soon evolved towards a heavier kind of music. That’s when we decided to make Yard Of Blondes a full band. We added new members and after a couple of line-up changes we ended up with the amazing Forrest Mitchell (Drums/Vocals) from Northern California and Burak Yerebakan (Guitar) from Turkey. We met those two in a very millennial fashion as we were swiping through an app called Vampr. It’s like a dating app but instead of finding dates, you find musicians!
If you had to sum up your style in three words, what would you say?
Grunge, Melodic, Heavy
You released today your latest single Do You Need More? What does this song mean to you as a band?
This song means a lot to us! It was one of the first songs we wrote for our upcoming debut album and it’s the song we always play first at our shows. It’s a song that seems very straight forward but it evolves into a more complicated piece throughout the song as Fanny is adding more and more layers of vocals and as we end up breaking the installed routine with some surprisingly heavy bridge. Regarding the lyrics, it’s also a tricky song. It feels like it’s a love song at the beginning of the song but it’s actually a toxic love story where one gaslights another and it ends up with kind of a Stockholm syndrome situation.
Did you have any help with the writing, recording and producing process?
For this album, we wanted to go old school and work with a producer so we ended up contacting Billy Grazaidei (Founding member of Biohazard). He has a studio in Los Angeles where we have been recording our previous EP, with another engineer. Billy once stumbled on our record and contacted us. I guess he loved what he heard! He was such an honor to be praised by such a legend. After discussing with him, we realized he was the perfect match for us as he could give us the heaviness we were looking for but he also understood that we wanted to keep our melodic side and magnify our harmonies. We started rearranging the songs with him and slowly we recorded everything, song after another. In the end, it took several years of work as we were working on a budget but we are very happy. Then, Michael Patterson (Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, …) mixed the record and Maor Applebaum (Faith no more) gave the last touch by doing the mastering. We couldn’t find a more appropriate team for that record!
Is there any plans for a music video?
Yes, and we are currently editing it. It will be a very DIY animation video. None of us know how those software work, yet we decided to give it a shot and it’s turning out well. It will be out later this month.
Pre-COVID, did you get to play many shows? Are there any plans to get back out onto the road when it is safe to do so?
That’s the thing we miss the most right now. We used to play a lot around LA and we had plans to tour on the West Coast and in Europe when COVID happened and shattered everything. Hopefully, we’ll be able to come up with new plans next year.
What are some of your favourite memories of the band?
I think we all cherish our show at the Troubadour last year. That was one of the highlights of the band. Playing on such a legendary stage was an amazing moment. The venue was packed with our friends and fans and It was definitely something special for us. Another great memory was our tour in France in 2015. It was great to be back in our home country and show what we have cooked abroad. We hope to be back there soon too.
What lies next for Yard Of Blondes?
We are going to release one more single in November and then the Album is scheduled for February/ March. There might be a surprise release around Christmas though. So stay tuned!
Where can we find out more about you?
Anything you would like to tell us?
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I’d like to thank Vincent for taking the time to answer my questions, and wish him and the rest of the band the best of luck with the new single and upcoming album!