What I Learned at Bandcamp: The Yetis
Four friends– Christian, Nick, Stefan and Patrick–formed The Yetis in a Pennsylvania attic and began covering songs by The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys. They’ve since grown to produce their own music and recently released tracks “Little Surfer Girl” and “Warm California,” both surf rock songs that helped keep the band warm during the cold East Coast winters.
Read The Spec‘s interview with The Yetis and listen to both tracks, below…
Tell us about yourselves…
We’re four boys, Christian (lead guitar, vocals, age 22), Nick (rhythm guitar, vocals, age 20), Stefan (bass guitar, vocals, age 20), and Patrick (drums, age 16) from Allentown, Pa. and we call ourselves The Yetis. We all went to the same high school and are childhood friends and we bonded over bands like Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and The Libertines.
How long have you been making music?
We’ve been a band as these four members since last August, but Christian and Nick have been performing and writing songs since high school.
Who/what are you influences?
We were really influenced by the fast indie rock of Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, but then got more into psychedelic music like Tame Impala, MGMT and later Beatles. Then we found ourselves influenced by the simple songwriting of Buddy Holly, early Beatles and early Beach Boys. We are also really influenced by girls and wanting to live like surfers, haha.
What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Our favorite song that we released so far is “Little Surfer Girl” ’cause it has fast lyrics that change a lot like Chuck Berry and a really cool surf riff!
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We are releasing a simple but cool music video for “Little Surfer Girl” of us freezing in the snow and dreaming of being at the beach, soon, and then we are going into the studio to record a few new songs. One of them is our last surf song for a while and then hopefully we can record two that are really just pure pop songs not about surfing at all, just about love and they have great choruses, so we are sooo excited to record them! We would love to release the EP and re-release our debut single with a respected indie label and continue to work with them while we put out another single and then hopefully start to work on our debut album. We definitely would then want to tour the U.S. and a huge dream of ours is to go to Europe. While we want to take it slow and make sure we record songs we think are great, we also just want to work hard to put out a lot of music.
If you could no longer be musicians, what would you be or do for a living?
I think we would want to be writers, teachers or filmmakers. Or maybe something that allows you to travel and also make a lot of money haha.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Aside from our major influences, the two modern bands we look up to are Twin Peaks and Iceage. We just love the quality of their songwriting and the bond those two individual bands have as friends.
Why do you make music?
We make music for fun and because we love the emotions we get to feel when playing songs that we love.
Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Sure! One thing is that we aren’t really that hung up on being a surf band, we really love surf music and the beach so much, but we wrote “Little Surfer Girl” and “Warm California” mainly on a whim. We were rehearsing for our debut show in New York City during the dead of winter and had no heating in the garage except for a small kerosene heater. We had to warm up our hands in front of it just so we could play our instruments and basically we just started to play something that helped us escape the cold. We do love the snow, just not during band practice. So we were kind of laughing when we wrote these songs, but we were also really serious, just because we couldn’t feel our toes.
And also check out our buddy The Trap Doors from Allentown!