Artist info

Genre

Rock


Sounds like

At The Drive In, Incubus, Tool


band members

Dave Watkins - Vocals Tim Watkins - Drums Ben Harvey - Guitar Conrad Pene - Guitar Alex Capes - Bass


Influences

Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Faith No More


Unearthed artists we like

Filthy Apes, The Love Junkies


Website

Bio

Western Australia's impeccable coast inspires some fantastic music. As the azure Indian Ocean curls into some of the world's most perfect waves, it’s impossible to be present and not be affected by its timelessness. Encapsulating this infinite energy in vehement progressive rock, Perth five-piece Yalla Yalla return with their stunning sophomore EP, Tides.

Yalla Yalla formed in 2014 as the trio of brothers Dave and Tim Watkins (vocals/guitars and drums respectively) and guitarist Ben Harvey. Over time, the band's scope and personnel expanded to include bassist Alex Capes and Conrad Pene (who switched from bass to his current position of lead guitar). With this lineup, Yalla Yalla evolved into a musical vanguard that is part immovable object, part irresistible force. A sonic meteor storm of technical syncopated beats, inspired riffs and powerful, captivating vocals.

Distilling all of these elements, Tides is an incredible accomplishment of songwriting and production. Fastidiously toiled over, no attention to detail on the record has been spared. Each song starts with a foundational element – a melody, a beat, a lyric – and is honed into something more... something magnificent and complex, but with the beating heart of simplicity. Reflecting thoughtful creativity and diligent practice, Tides is daring and progressive, yet familiar and intimate.

Amidst the cleverly-formed repertoire of Tides are stand-out tracks begging for airplay. Perfectly controlled, first single Not Ordinary juxtaposes the technical with the uncomplicated – melding effortless emotion with sheer cognitive power and complexity. Crescendoing in a tempest of soloing guitars and soaring vocals, it is as definitive a song of Yalla Yalla as any.

But this is far more than a showcase of singles. Recorded and mixed by Troy Nababan, Tides is divided by interludes that sculpt and guide an overall narrative – cutting out a path like a river flowing to the ocean. The EP is both a collection of songs and one overall work of art. The band's fans have patiently waited for new music since 2015's Centre Yourself, and they will not be disappointed. The time taken to craft Tides has been well spent.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

26 Nov 2018

Triple J
35

No faulting a band who know how to go big but also ease off the throttle to build up the tension. It's a good trick and by now Yalla Yalla can execute it with gusto.

No faulting a band who know how to go big but also ease off the throttle to build up the tension. It's a good trick and by now Yalla Yalla can execute it with gusto.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

04 Sep 2018

Triple J
35

Alternates between big, brash moments and technical flexing.

Alternates between big, brash moments and technical flexing.

Review

Review by Capesy87 Capesy87

30 Nov 2018

45

Huge sound! Powerful lyrics and that guitar solo.....Hells yeah lads!

Huge sound! Powerful lyrics and that guitar solo.....Hells yeah lads!