Steal This Track: The YawpersBy Eryc Eyl | November 28th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Though the Yawpers officially debuted just four months ago in Boulder, the band members go way back. Songwriting visionary Nate Cook and guitarist/bassist Jesse Parmet have played together for many years, and began developing the songs that would become the Yawpers’ ouevre about a year ago. When longtime friend Adam Perry and his drum kit shoved their way onto the stage at a show in June of this year, the band was born, and christened Shug’s stage in July.
Cook’s songs draw inspiration from the newest generation of troubadours who have taken their cues from Wilco and Son Volt, but also look back to the Romantic poets, Waylon and Willie, and even the venerable Velvet Underground. With a rough-and-tumble aesthetic and a raw immediacy, the songs on the band’s debut, “Savage Blue,” sometimes sound like they haven’t been fully baked yet, but that’s all part of the trio’s plan. Songs like “Angel Wings” and “Worthless” showcase Cook’s penchant for heartbreaking metaphors and self-pity, as well as his bandmates’ ability to bring life to even the saddest of songs, while the unpolished production gives the tracks the itchy feeling of a rusty razor on a week of stubble.
The Yawpers have been on tour for the past couple weeks, but they’ll return home this week. You can get your hands on “Savage Blue” when they take the stage, once again, at Shug’s for the CD release party. To get yourself ready, steal “Jesus Car,” the band’s reverent tribute to that great American messiah, the automobile.
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Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.