French/Californian rock band Yard Of Blondes is composed of Vincent Jacob (vocals/guitar), Fanny Hill (bass/vocals), Burak Yerebakan (guitar) and Forrest Mitchell (drums/vocals). With their female bassist, their raw energy and influences we can’t help but being reminded of bands such as Sonic Youth, the Pixies and the Smashing Pumpkins. If you haven't heard them yet, do it now! Check them out on Tunebubble!
Tell us a bit about Yard of Blondes! How did a band from France end up in LA?
Actually the band was formed in LA by two French musicians. Fanny and I didn’t know each other previously but we arrived in LA the same month. We didn’t plan to meet other French people but a friend introduced to each other and we had the same musical vision so we decided to start this new adventure together. We had another French drummer for a while but, fortunately, we broke that cycle, and Forrest, our current drummer is American. Haha. That said, he’s the only one because our other guitar player Forrest is from Turkey.
Have you been able to play any live shows yet since lockdowns? How has not being able to play live for so long affected you as a band?
Damn, this is definitely a part that sucks. Forrest had to move out temporarily to Northern California so we haven’t rehearsed or played together in the same room since March. But we still managed to record a remote live show called « Close to home ». Every one of us performed the songs from their home and then I put it together.
Overall we’re taking this time to reflect what we want to do next when we’ll be able to perform again. Our main conversation now is about how we can make local rock music relevant again. Before the pandemic, a lot of things were wrong in the music scene. Some venues don’t respect the artists that play on their stages (pay to play is the main model). Take the Sunset strip, it used to be the mecca of rock during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. During that period of time, labels, venues, artists, and fans were in sync. Since the major labels have moved on to other genres, it’s hard to connect fans to the venues and artists. But we think that if bands and fans unite, we could create a movement that could move things forward for the local scenes and not just in LA. We are starting this conversation with different actors and we’ll create actions towards this goal in the near future… We are creating a podcast with Fernanda Linares (a local rock stylist) but more is on its way and it’s exciting although we can’t wait to go back at performing live.
You're making a new album! How has that been going and when is it due to be released? What's coming up for you next?
First, we’ll be releasing a new single off the record. The song is called 'Do you need more?' and it will be released on October 16th. We should be performing a couple of songs on the Facebook page of our Label (Die Laughing Records) on the day of the release. Another single should be released in November and then we’ll try to release a Christmas song (Fanny insists ! She wants to emulate her all-time favorite singer Mariah Carey, haha). But the album should be out early 2021, probably around March and we can’t wait, this release has been long overdue. It was such a long process. I think we started composing for this album in 2013 and it took us such a long time because of financial problems, lineup changes, and personal struggles. But here we are finally! And we have been accompanied by Billy Grazaidei (Biohazard) who produced the record. He has been pushing us to not give up and give our best for that record. I’m so happy he pushed us hard when things were not looking good for the band and I can’t wait to show the results of this hard work.
What's been your most memorable gig? (For whatever reason!)
It was probably one of our last show last year at the Troubadour. The show was great, the crowd amazing but also, it was just so emotional to perform on a stage with such history.
Give us 10 songs that have influenced you as a band!
I made you a YouTube playlist:
Nirvana - Serve the servants
Silverchair - Freak
Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose
Queens of the stone age - Go with the flow
At the Drive In - One armed scissor
Muse - Newborn
Standstill - Por que me llamas a estas horas
Elliot Smith - King’s crossing
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Beatles - Helter Skelter
Is there anything else you want people to know about Yard of Blondes?
If you’re interested in the band, please come and hit us up on our social media!