Yea, Yea, Yeasayer!

Yea, Yea, Yeasayer! image

I was really excited when I found out Yeasayer was coming back to The Orange Peel.  Yeasayer is like a trip down memory lane for me, which is odd for a band that got its start in 2006, only a decade old. No, Yeasayer is a throwback for me because it brings out a lot of feelings that remind me of a great stretch of years in my life.

Most music lovers experienced this at one point and it usually consisted of the following…

  • A solid group of friends you went to most shows with, usually between five and twenty of your strangest compadres.
  • Show selection consisting of only the most danceable songs
  • The same pregame spot every show
  • An assortment of unmentionable substances
  • And most importantly, two solid hours of dancing and sweating (but mostly sweating)

Based on the above stated criteria it sounds like a pretty immature night, but that’s what makes Yeasayer unique. Five years later I was stoked for this show even though I am admittedly past the previously described era in my life. They do an amazing job of transcending the limited world of psychedelic-trance-rock and have moved towards a more sophisticated indie-experimental-rock, drawing inspiration from 8-bit video game sound effects to headier spiritual stimuli.



I had the privilege of seeing Yeasayer in 2012 at The Orange Peel, so naturally I went into this particular show with expectations (not necessarily a good thing), but what I walked away with was revelatory. Yeasayer is one of the few bands that allows their past catalogue to evolve and fuse with their current releases. None of their standby classics like “Ambling Alp” from their 2010 album Odd Blood were exactly the same as before. The set is going to be a cohesive unit, even if that means changing what had worked previously.

Five Observations

  1. Lead guitarist Anand Wilder reminds me of Elvis Costello, I don’t need reasons, he just does.
  2. They brought friends! The onstage, light-up cardboard standups featured Albert Einstein, an Apple II, a baby I am going to call Young Pineapple, Michelangelo’s David, possibly Debbie Harry and many more.
  3. Living in North Carolina is borderline embarrassing. Two out of three shows I go to, HB2 is mentioned. Lead singer Chris Keating affectionately told everyone to “use whatever god damn bathroom you want!”
  4. I think I accurately identified a sample as the noise from Super Mario Bros. 3 after you defeat an airship and fall back down to castle with the scepter.
  5. Yeasayer killed it Thursday night at The Orange Peel, and it was a travesty that the show was not sold out.


Image Credits

Header Image:
Photo by Flickr user Lindsey Turner
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