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CLOSE TO HOME, A QUARATINE SPECIAL BY YARD OF BLONDES IS OUT!

"Just like the rest of us, Yard Of Blondes had to alter their plans when the pandemic hit the world. That’s when they decided to make the most of it and recorded a kick-ass at-home live session aptly titled Close to Home.
Band members Vincent Walter Jacob (guitar, vocals,design), Burak Yerebakan (guitar), Fanny Hill (bass, vocals), and Forrest Mitchell (drums, vocals) filmed themselves in their homes performing a handful of their recent acclaimed singles (“Murderology,” “You and I & I,” and “Lowland”), accompanied by a cover of “Pyramid Of Bones,” originally recorded by Julian Casablancas’ side psychedelic side project The Voidz.
“Like many artists, we had to cancel or postpone most of our plans and we knew we couldn’t just sit at home during the whole pandemic. We started doing live acoustic shows on Twitch and Facebook and that gave us the idea to push it a little further,” states Jacob.
“We wanted to do something with the whole band and we developed this idea of creating a quarantine house show. To make it even more of an experience, I created some little animations in between songs to reveal more of our universe,”
The short animations represent the lyrics of each song, revealing that the core of Yard Of Blondes is a distorted and tragic, yet still beautiful take on reality. But not everything is dark in Yard Of Blondes’ world. The video shows that humor is never far, just like when Jacob shows off a rare wooden spoons solo in “Pyramid Of Bones” or when Hill starts jumping on her couch in the intro of the closing track “You and I & I.”
This is the first release from Yard Of Blondes on their new labels Die Laughing Records and Golden Robot Records and it’s a cool way to discover the band. Together the labels are scheduling the release of the band’s debut album, Feed the Moon, for early 2021, and after watching this show, you will be excited to hear more from Yard Of Blondes as well." BIG TAKE OVER MAGAZINE

ABOUT THE BAND

From left to right: Burak Yerebakan: Guitar / Fanny Hill: Bass, Vocals, / Vincent Jacob: Vocals, Guitar / Forrest Mitchell: Drums/ Vocals

Yard Of Blondes started as a French duet who relocated to the US in 2010. Vincent & Fanny got lost in the California desert to start a new life.

There they were first highlighted by the Hi-Desert local scene and appeared as guests on the compilation "Highway 62 Love Songs" featuring internationally renowned artists Eric Burdon (The Animals) and Victoria Williams.

After a long series of concerts at some of the greatest venues in Los Angeles (The Troubadour, Whisky A GoGo, The Viper Room, The Bootleg, The Montalban Theatre, The Crest,...), Rodney Bingenheimer, the legendary KROQ DJ began playing their title track Murderology in 2013. He was subsequently imitated by more than 100 international radio station.

On December 1 of 2014, Yard Of Blondes started to get more and more famous in France. This was due to the national broadcast of the one-hour documentary, “Joshua Trip”. The film is a road trip with Vincent & Fanny as hosts, a journey where they perform and write a song (Born Again) during some desert sessions.

In 2016, Yard Of Blondes was featured on the compilation « I love you all the time » along with Eagles Of Death Metal, Florence & The Machine, Kings Of Leon, Jimmy Eat World and many more. All the proceeds were given to the victims of the Paris attacks.

During the summer of 2019, Yard Of Blondes came back with a lighter and upbeat single called « Je veux danser tout l’été », their first original bilingual song. The song came along with two other alternative versions, a remix by French superstar DJ and producer Joachim Garraud (David Bowie, Beyonce, David Guetta) and a grungy home demo. The remix was produced in Joachim’s new spaceship, a 100% solar-powered RV turned into a recording studio, in the middle of the Mojave desert which is documented in the Music video. The song was broadcasted worldwide and landed on MTV in Europe.

Yard of Blondes just finished producing their first full-length album « Feed the Moon ». The record was produced by Billy Graziadei (founder member of Biohazard) in Los Angeles at Firewater Studios, mixed by Michael Patterson (Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beck) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More). The first single of this release, « You and I & I » has been unveiled on November 1st of 2019 and the second single, Lowland is about to drop on Valentine’s day. Both are accompanied by videos directed by Fanny and Vincent and shot with their phones. DIY is back and it’s good news.

 
 
 
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LOWLAND

The song is the result of a collaboration between Yard of Blondes and Billy Graziadei (from Biohazard) who produced the album. The one and only Mike Patterson (Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beck..) took care of the mix, and Maor Applebaum (Faith No More) mastered the album.


It's a slower track than their 1st single « you and I & I », but the darkness is still present.


« Lowland » depicts the dark place we always go to when we are distressed; it’s the place where all our monsters live in, and it’s described like this: « the sun never rises », « drifted eyes in fear », « scary palms shaking »


« In the song, I feel I’m going back to that dark place, but this time you’ll accompany me to get me out of there, just like Orpheus going to get Eurydice from death, except here the roles are reversed because Fanny is the one who is pulling me out from inside » that’s how Vincent Jacob (lead singer) describes the lyrics. This song has a deep meaning for him and it was his way to describe his real anxieties and fears.


The edgy, intense, and melodic music are widely influenced by the same artist that influenced the name of the band: Jeff Buckley. Still, don’t get it wrong, with its detuned guitars, haunting vocals and thumping rhythm section, Yard Of Blondes is the new alternative rock from the land of grunge.

 
 

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