Hello everyone and welcome back to The Band Of The Day Interview. Today, we’re introducing a band which is literally a stones throw away from me in Leeds, UK. Today we talk with Will Grinder from the always Hi-Energy band The Yella Yellas!
Could you introduce yourself for us, who are you?
My name is Will Grinder I play guitar in the Yalla Yallas, a 4 piece punk rock n roll band from Leeds.
How did you all meet and how long have you been together?
Rob Galloway the singer and songwriter in the band had been playing as one man abrasive techno outfit and decided he wanted to start playing in a band, I answered an advert on a local music forum and we bonded over shared musical interests, we were joined by self-confessed bass handler Matthew Dempsey. There have been numerous drummers in the group but Grant Henderson, the producer and engineer of all the bands recorded material is now in the drum stool. We have been playing together as a band for roughly 12 years.
What 3 words would you use to describe the music you play?
Not fucking about.
What are your musical influences?
Iggy Pop, The Stooges, Dead Boys, Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Guns & Roses, Primal Scream, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Unkle, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Spaceman 3, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Hawkwind, Brian Jonestown Massacre.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
A man crowd surfing in a wheelbarrow at a squat gig on the outskirts of Amsterdam
Being away from stages since last year where is the one place you’d visit when restrictions are lifted?
The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, fantastic music venue with a true community ethos
What is the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
I don’t believe in the idea of guilty pleasures, if you like something play it, tell your mates about it, don’t feel as though you cant admit to liking certain things.
What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
Kikagaku Moyo, Earthless, Hey Colossus, GNOD, Mogwai, GZA, Beastie Boys, Burner Band
Are there any releases you have planned in the future?
Yes we are releasing our 5th album called What It Means to be Human on Monday 21st June to stream, download & buy on CD. A vinyl release will follow later in October. Go to www.theyallayallas.com to order.
In terms of shows coming up The Yella Yellas will be playing with No Como Crees and Chaotic at The Victoria Vaults in York on Friday October 8th 2021.
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