Interview | The Yada Yada Yadas

By Kieran Webber

Drawing influences from the likes of Dinosaur JR, Weezer and Yuck, it is no wonder the scuzzy, sun drenched sounds of The Yada Yada Yadas ended up on our radar. The band may be young but they are already starting to turn heads with their music. This year you will no doubt start hearing about them more, especially as they will be playing in festivals across the country.

Listen to ‘Woke Up Strange’ here:

After catching their single ‘Woke Up Strange’ we were eager to find out more about the fledging band, we caught up with lead singer Mark Owens for a quick chat!

CLUNK: Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions, how have you been?

Mark: Any time! We’ve been quite busy lately. We had a great gig the other night at the Westgarth in Middlesbrough with Peter Kernel and Partner, we had a lot of fun watching them. Plus we’ve been putting down some new tracks in the studio which should be out in the near future.

CLUNK: What has the year bought you so far? Any highlights? Any low points?

Mark: It’s been a decent, we’ve had two singles out so far and one of them went pretty viral on Soundcloud which was nice. We have changed Drummers this year though which was a bit of a struggle, I had to play Stockton Calling on the drums while singing the songs. Hopefully that’s the last time people get to hear that version of the band!

CLUNK: How long have you been playing music as a band?

Mark: We’ve been playing for around a year, but myself (Mark) and our guitarist (Harley) have played together in bands in the past. We’ve all done a lot of gigs with terrible bands before The Yada Yada Yadas.

CLUNK: How did you meet and at what point did you decide to form a band?

Mark: Me and Harley met when we were in school, and we’ve had the idea of starting this kind of band floating around for a few years. I think we needed to mature as musicians and songwriters before we took the plunge.

CLUNK: I know this is such a typical question but how did you come up with the band name?

Mark: The band name is inspired by an episode of Seinfeld called ‘The Yada Yada’. Pop culture references are quite a big thing for us and they pop up allover in our lyrics. It’s usually 90’s US references to things like Bill Hicks Revelations, episodes of Friends etc, because it ties into our music quite well.

“Pop culture references are quite a big thing for us and they pop up allover in our lyrics”

CLUNK: What did you guys listen to growing up and how has it affected your music now?

Mark: When I was growing up Indie bands were everywhere and couldn’t be avoided. Bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Killers were getting huge overnight back then, but I also loved artists like Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Harley was a little different, he was always a huge Motley Crue fan in school, with the worst haircut of all time to go along with it.

CLUNK: What bands have directly influenced your sound in Yada Yada Yadas?

Mark: For the bands music I take huge inspiration for Weezers Blue Album, as well as from bands like Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, Neutral Milk Hotel, Yuck etc. The fuzzy guitars and messy textures are a massive part of what we do and all of these artists do it amazingly well.

CLUNK: When writing your material where do you draw infuence from?

Mark: It’s difficult to say as it’s always different. Sometimes i’ll hear a phrase somewhere and write it down as the name of a song. I always think that if i’ve got a good name for a song it kind of writes itself. Other times it might be some chords or a guitar riff, or even just a random melody that pops into my head.

CLUNK: 2018 is set to be a busy year for you in regards to releases and touring, what are you most excited for?

Mark: I’m very excited for Music Box festival, and Evolution Emerging, they’re going to be really great shows and I can’t wait to be introduced to loads of new bands. I’m also looking forward to the next couple of releases, I think they’re probably our best tracks to date.

CLUNK: What can people expect from one of your live shows?

Mark: Last week I played connect 4 with someone from the crowd during a Mac Demarco cover, and then went on to ruin a whole song by not realising my broken guitar lead was making a horrendous noise. So it’s a mixed bag. Lots of sweating and screaming is a guarantee though.

“Lots of sweating and screaming is a guarantee”

CLUNK: Lastly, can you tell us a funny story, weird experience or something gnarly?

Mark: How about a mildly interesting fact? Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins has @billy as his twitter handle. I tell everyone that and they’re never as amazed as i am. Was he one of the first people ever on twitter?

Catch The Yada Yada Yadas at the following:

March 31st – Stockton Calling Festival – tickets

June 3rd – Music Box Festival Darlington – tickets

June 9th – Evolution Emerging Newcastle Upon Tyne – tickets

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