Alright. I’m mostly functioning now, which means I can stop slacking off like a little fairy boy and get to writing about some music and such. Maybe just one more nap…
YIS are a garage rock trio from Melbourne, Australia. Their first full length, “Kingdom of Fuzz” was released in February of last year and has been tickling my ear cavities in all the right places. YIS blend the perfect combination of frenetic punk energies, stoner fuzz and garage DIY into their own take on what can be considered a crowded genre. The album is fast, with only one track clocking in at over 4 minutes, which helps them stay within the age old adage, Keep it
Simple Short, Stupid.
The first three tracks strike hard and fast with a fast, catchy, punked up package complete with yell-worthy gang vocals and suitably drunken riffs. “Lizardman” drives this point the farthest, with a nonsensical chorus helping make things even more frantic and even more infectious. “Trevor Block Rockin’ Beats” see’s a change towards the garage pop end of the spectrum, with a slower groove and just some little hits of synths working their way in.
Garage rock swagger is the king for the second half of the album, with tracks like “(I Feel) Repulsed” harking back to the glory days of the garage movement. “Infin” is the big daddy on the LP, clocking in at almost 6 minutes. A heavy dose of synths and extra distorted guitars lend a much larger stoner flavor to the usually poppy mix. Clips of ambiance do battle with the previously straight laced rhythms and jams and result in a quite tasty combo.
“Kingdom of Fuzz” is a solid example of modern garage rock tunes done right and you can expect to see bigger and better things when their second LP drops sometime this year. Until then you can get “Kingdom of Fuzz” for a name your price option on Bandcamp. Stop, drop, link!