The Yawpers bring 'Boy In A Well' to Europe in the spring28-11-2017
The Yawpers craft tunes that are engrossed in creative context. Some might recall edges of the mid-1900s Delta blues, but only if those lived-in riffs were played by the MC5, broadcast through booming stadium speakers and drenched with pounds of fuzzy distortion and full-throttled punk rock energy. They conduct parallel frequencies with the ferocious and raw proletarian roots of Uncle Tupelo, the burning-hot thrashings and cavernous sonic space of Hot Snakes, and mix in derisive scrutiny that brings to mind Ween or the Minutemen (and might we add that Cook is the spitting image of D. Boon).
The Yawpers’ third album Boy in a Well is a sensational tragedy set in World War I France about a mother abandoning her unwanted newborn child. But, like the band itself, there’s so much more roiling beneath the surface.
Recorded in Chicago by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, The Cactus Blossoms, The Flat Five) at Reliable Recordings and produced (with instrumental contributions) by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash & Pop), Boy in a Well stretches The Yawpers’ sound and ambition in challenging, impassioned, and dynamic directions.
Boy in a Well sounds like Alan Lomax using his field recorder to capture Mance Lipscomb ripping a laced joint (or something much more potent) with The Cramps and strapping their instruments on to let that shit fly. But while the band dials into the finest, frenetic trucker-speed induced scuzz blues, there is patience and dark soul within and between songs much like the blank space between paragraphs and chapters. Each track is a division of the plot — paired visually with an accompanying comic book, illustrated by J.D. Wilkes of The Legendary Shack Shakers — that seamlessly blends into the next.
Today The Yawpers announce their first ever European tour set for April and May 2018.
06-APR: Middelburg (NL) @ Kaffee 't Hof
07-APR: Hengelo (NL) @ Heartland
10-APR: Zürich (CH) @ Ziegel Oh Lac / Rote Fabrik
12-APR: Barcelona (ESP) @ Rocksound
13-APR: Bilbao (ESP) @ Kafe Antzokia
14-APR: Madrid (ESP) @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
20-APR: London (UK) @ Shacklewell Arms
22-APR: Norfolk (UK) @ Burston Crown
24-APR: Glasgow (UK) @ 02 ABC2 Glasgow
27-APR: Deventer (NL) @ Burgerweeshuis
30-APR: Karlsruhe (DE) @ Substage
01-MAY: Munich (DE) @ Milla
02-MAY: Dresden (DE) @ Ostpol
03-MAY: Berlin (DE) @ Badehaus
04-MAY: Hamburg (DE) @ Molotow