UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT | The Yours

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Hong Kong based noisy shoegazers ‘The Yours’ released their sophomore album entitled ‘Tennagarden’ to the masses back in the summer of 2014 & quickly became favourites of many a shoegazer worth his or her salt. This self glorified ‘Lo-Fi collage dedicated to youth culture’ maintained the band’s rich melodic structures & teenage angst. Their appearance on the epic shoegaze compilation released via Raphalite Records & Gerpfast Kolektif entitled ‘Revolution: The Shoegaze Revival’ came as no surprise to us lot here at The Primal Music Blog. We caught up with then band and asked them about their influences, shoegazing, future plans & the afore mentioned shoegaze compilation. Check out their answers below:

1) Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together. 

We are ‘The Yours’ a Hong Kong-based band formed in 2005 by childhood friends Jack Leung and Nic Wong. The band has released 2 full-length LPs and 1 EP over the years. The latest album is called ‘Teenagarten’ released in 2014.

 

2) Who are your biggest influences? 

We’d rather say that we’re influenced by the 1990s. It’s our favourite era in terms of music, movies and subcultures.

3) Describe your sound?

Rock N’ Roll for teenagers. Too noisy for adults and perhaps too straight forward for critics.

4) What inspired you to start making music?

We’re all self-taught players. We formed the band immediately right after picking up the instruments, and started writing our own music. From that moment on we realised that music’s so powerful and immense, but at the same time, it could also be very straight-forward that anyone could do it. It’s all about self-expression.

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5) What do you love about shoegaze?

We actually love the song-writing more than anything that is associated with the genre. Those bands from that era wrote some really great tunes, regardless of how they characterised the songs with noisy guitars and stuff. All these effects and layers are soul-less without the beautiful melodies hidden underneath.

6) Is it a Shoegaze revival or a rebirth? What do you think about the recent film ‘Beautiful Noise’ and reunions of such bands like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and Slowdive?

We’d say both. Obviously, there are lot of bands that are heavily inspired by My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, etc, since they’re very influential. But these bands are not simply just replicating what the pioneers have done, instead they’re trying to re-define the genre by adding new elements or pushing the boundaries. We heard about the documentary long time ago and finally got a chance to watch it recently. Of course it’s worth the wait, when was the last time you saw Billy Corgan praising someone? Speaking of reunions, we’d love to see Swirlies & Drop Nineteens getting back together with new records coming out. (As far as know Swirilies reformed a couple of years ago but didn’t release any new records)

As to the inspiration for the song “Honey Treats”, it is simply a love song, very personal. Here are the lyrics: If you sing in the sea, I would sink / Pull my near where you’re floating / If you breathe underneath, I’d pretend you’re not here / Without notice / Riding on midnight train, with my small daisy chain / Without exit / Morning sun, golden plain / Walking through acid rain, with you always / And you, you’ll come back to me / ‘cos you, you’re my honey baby.

Believe it or not we never wrote songs on our own! Every single song was written by the band together. The lyrics always comes last. And this song is not an exception, we can’t remember exactly, one of us came up with the opening riff casually and we just developed the rest together. It’s a very natural process and it turned out to be on of our favourite songs.

7) Can you tell us about your involvement in the Revolution shoegaze compilation?

We heard from Shauna from Raphalite Records about the compilation and found the idea very interesting. It’s a great opportunity for international listeners to explore original, independent music that are not household names.

 

8) Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?

We’ve always believed in the idea that music connects people. And of course we would love to get connected with as many people as possible; to inspire and also be inspired.

9) What are some of your favorite bands or albums?

If we’re talking about shoegaze then it’d be My Bloody Valentine without a doubt. We love their early, not-so-shoegaze stuff a lot more though.
Besides MBV, our favourites in no particular order are: Fugazi, The Cramps, The Birthday Party, Suicide, Sonic Youth and The Velvet Underground.

10) Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?

We planned to release at least one full-length record next year.

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11) Can you name some bands from your country or elsewhere as recommended listening?

There’s a great underground scene in Beijing. They’ve got a lot of legit bands that play serious punk/psychedelic music, and they are as experimental as you can imagine, or even more so. Just way too many great artists to mention, a good start would be listening to “P.K 14”, “Carsick Cars”, “Birdstriking”, “Chui Wan”, “Skip Skip Ben Ben”, etc.

12) If you had the chance to cover any artist who would it be, what song and why?

The Slits, any song from the early John Peel Sessions will do it.
It’s because they are one of the coolest bands ever!

13) If you had to pick 1 or 2 or 3 words to describe your music, what would they be?

Our music is pretty emotional, and it’s about angst more than anything

 

14) Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

We hope that you are listening to our record by the time you are reading this.

LINKS:

RaphaliteRecords.bandcamp.com

GerpfastKolektif.bandcamp.com

the-yours.com

facebook.com/TheYoursOfficial

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