The Yetis – “Warm California”

The Yetis

The Yetis started out as four friends covering The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys tracks in a garage attic. Increased exposure to acts like Girls, The Beach Boys, and R. Stevie Moore led to plenty of inspiration for original efforts, though. Original gems like “Warm California” and “Jackson Pollock” show that The Yetis are far from a cover group at this point. What began as a covers band now has output about 100 or so original songs; the best of them are on SoundCloud, which has eight originals and four covers available to stream/download. Although the songs were recorded with Garageband and $30 tube pre-amps, The Yetis’ melodic ability is clearly apparent.

The stylistic approach of The Yetis certainly touches on the surf-leaning material of their influences, but this isn’t a strictly surf-rock band. They do cover The Smiths’ “Ask”, after all. “Jackson Pollock” is a feel-good piece of jangly AM-radio pop, as another example. “Warm California” loves the surfer vibes though, with visions of swaying palm trees matching perfectly with the amiable guitar twangs and flutters in the infectious chorus. This song is both pretty and energetically infectious, and it makes me want the summer weather to arrive now. The Yetis may be based out of Allentown, PA, but it sounds like their hearts are on California beaches.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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