Founded in 2010 in Columbus, Ohio Way Yes has been making waves. Starting with their 7inch release Oranjudio, soon after an EP Walkability, lastly they released Tog Pebbles in 2013. They claim on their Facebook info that ‘the band set out to create feel good music with a dark twist.’ and they did just that. This dark, wispy yet electro-pop sounding four piece paints the picture of addiction and suicide dancing together on a Saturday night.
If I could choose a close cousin to their sound, I would have to say it is a good mix of Panda Bear and Animal Collectives sound. Both musically and vocally, as it seems the singer has a wide array of vocal techniques and fast moving music to back generally every track.
Tog Pebbles took a minute to grow on me (so did Feels by Animal Collective) but proves to be one of those albums to keep around for good. It houses the same clever antics of both aforementioned bands such as singing about darker and deeper things while making the listener feel happy at the same time. A way to alleviate painful memories in a seemingly non-painful way. Ultimately the BEST part of this album is the lyrics which are available on their bandcamp page. The song that hits me right in the feels is called “Bloodline” in which the lyrics:
“Wish I could say that I knew ya,
Back before you were gone.
Wish I could say that I knew ya,
When you had your head on
But there’s a demon in the blood line,
That slowly ate away your mind.
A demon in the blood line,
That makes you no family of mine. ”
I have always been intrigued by the power music like this holds, and the contrast of emotions that it evokes. It’s something I’ve never personally been able to recreate so it drives me crazy in the best possible way. I will have this album on repeat and be using some of these lyrics as a status sometime very soon. Listen to Way Yes as soon as you’re near speakers!