There’s fuzzy guitars aplenty amid the highly enjoyable, popular culture reference-laden, catchy noise rock sound of Durham quartet The Yada Yada Yadas.
The band have been together for a couple of years having survived many iterations. And frontman Mark likes to think a formative moment when he and Harley (guitar) went played Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train was its formative moment. But in reality, he tells us: “It lay dormant for several years in the back of our minds, waiting, yearning, and pregnant with desire.”
They’ve since honed a noise guitar rock sound that Mark tells us was once described as “like Kurt Vile in a crack den,” but he summarises as: “A little bit like a conjoined Hanson. But conjoined in more of a… have you ever seen the movie The Fly? Like that. It’s still pop music, but there’s something not right.”
My personal favourite example of this is the hugely enjoyable Woke Up Strange. A light guitar intro feeds into laid-back vocals “I woke up strange today with a song playing in my head, It goes on and on and on, and round and round again.” The guitars go up a notch alongside driving drums as the vocals burst into a big singalong chorus of cool effects-ridden “And I’ve got a friend, he plays the guitar and he plays that thing so well, But he works at the Apple Store for 7 an hour, He’s starting to wake up strange more and more, And more and more, and more and more and more.” Big noisy guitar screeches support screamy vocals as the song goes off on a tangent, then a chilled out little bridge before building up to one last blast of the chorus.
Latest release Human Emotion is a bit more trippy with its winding opening guitar riff then distinctly 60s sounding rock meets psychedelia that’s fuelled by a big screechy guitar solo. Give it a listen below:
And the popular culture references don’t stop with The Fly, with the band using everything from Seinfeld to Black Mirror for inspiration. As Mark explains: “I like using pop culture references. At first, it was a huge thing for me to use lots of the 90’s Americanism stuff, but these days I’ve gone more rogue. I’ve just finished a song for another project that’s all about someone who keeps falling asleep in the bath and dreaming he’s Patrick Swayze in a different classic film each time.”
The Yada Yada Yadas sound was initially influenced by the likes of early Flaming Lips material, Pavement and Dinosaur Jr but has more evolved towards Mac Demarco, Mellow Fellow and Blue album Weezer.
The band are working on an album that should be out sometime this year, and will be gigging out and about fresh from playing their first ever London show earlier this month alongside This Feeling.
And their live shows sound… well… interesting. As Mark explained: “At the last gig we played I started to sing Lonely This Christmas over the chords of our last song, it seemed like a really good idea at the time but I think I ruined the whole gig. I really felt that people were offended on a personal level, as if they were thinking “why is he doing this, specifically to me?” Hopefully that was a one-off thing and it doesn’t slip out again, otherwise I might have to see someone about it.”