Steal This Track from The YawpersBy Josh Johnson | October 21st, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Of all the days to day drink, Monday is probably best. Sure, lots of folks celebrate Sunday Funday, but Monday Funday is reserved for the service industry and drinking professionals. Today, we’ve got a cover of Ween’s “Booze Me Up and Get Me High” from The Yawpers to fuel your day drinking, at your desk or otherwise.
The Yawpers are an acoustic rock band that doesn’t play acoustic rock. Perhaps that needs an explanation.
As anyone who has seen The Yawpers live can attest, the band plays all acoustic instruments with raucous glee comparable to seeing a metal band. Both the musicians and the audience end shows covered in a frothy mix of beer and sweat. The band’s name — referring to a “yawp,” a bark or yelp — tells you all you need to know. This is an acoustic rock band that draws as much influence from punk and hard rock as from folk and Americana.
The Yawpers recently spent a day at Royal Recordings studio in Colorado Springs and laid down a list of live covers from Aerosmith, Motorhead, Elvis and more. There are some tender moments, but where this collection excels with the wild tracks, recreating the live experience. On October 31, the band will release the collection they call “Good Songs/Shitty Versions.” The title is definitely self-deprecating humor, but it’s also kind of true. These covers are loose and raw, going more for energy level than refinement. It’s a hell of a lot of fun and reckless, like day drinking.
Download The Yawpers cover Ween’s “Booze Me Up and Get Me High” below. Also, on October 31, The Yawpers will be hosting a Halloween Soundtrack Party at the Soiled Dove, performing tracks from the soundtrack to “The Big Lebowski.” Also on the bill are Eldren, performing songs from “Forrest Gump” and Dragondeer doing their best “Blue Brothers.”
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.
Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.