Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


Sounds like

Fuzzy indie with pop twists and rock n roll riffs


band members

Joshua Mclean - Vocals/Guitar, Glen Hitchon - Guitars, Nathan Stratton - Bass, Ben Parsons - Drums, Stacie Hamilton - Vocals


Influences

The Dandy Warhols, Smashing Pumpkins, sonic youth


Bio

Yardvark? What is a Yardvark? And where does this name come from? Well according to the definitive urban dictionary, a ‘Yardvark’ is a person who spends an inordinate amount of time weeding. What does this have to do with this us? Well nothing really, people often asks what the name means. And we have never had the same answer. Truth is it came from an inebriated night with little hope of recollection. The only thing consistent about that night is that Mangus remarkably came up with a name I’d never heard before and that people continually find ways to stuff up! Yardvark were came together from the far corners of NSW and now hailing from the epicenter of art and culture that is the Gong, these 5 disparate seekers of fortune have released an EP ‘self titled’ and LP, 'Flannelette Heart', recently supporting bands including You Am I, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Husky and British India. Bringing together elements of pop, grunge and garage with just a twist of psychedelia, Yardvark sport easy flowing drum beats that never miss the punch, coupled with sharp melodic bass riffs back-lining sweet and sometimes jagged sonic guitar riffs. With a sound that is still loose and free flowing, Yardvark brings a tight live show capable of making all that is cute and beautiful about rock n roll seem simultaneously so dirty and raw that you won’t be able to wash the smile off ya face. Yardvark was featured on one of Australia’s most well known dramas, “Offspring”. The song ‘Home’ was featured as the closing song to an episode in the latest series. The same song rated well on triple J unearthed and spent some time in the charts. It had some regular airplay on FBi’s morning program with Declan Byrne who described ‘Home’ as real catchy tune with great use of the trumpet. Recent reviews have picked on the eclectic nature that is Yardvark. Rave magazine boasted “Flannelette Heart leaves behind a puddle of dirty, raw post-grungy goodness, chock-full of funky indie contagions.” Sludge magazine “They're an intriguing band with a ton of upside…with unique unpredictability that tends to promote re-listenability and this is especially true when it comes to ‘Flannelette Heart’ - with each spin you unravel more and more of the tapestry.” The new single ‘Loud, Loud’ is about being obnoxious, wanting more but not knowing where to look and also some hints of the weekend party drug culture that many indulge in on a weekly basis. It looks at the time when someone asks himself or herself, “do I ever want to grow up?” it draws on influences from ‘Sonic Youth’, ‘The Cure’ and ‘Smashing Pumpkins’. The song was recorded and mixed at Main St studio by Adam Jordan and was mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling sound. Steve Fallone mastered the likes of Yo La Tengo, Les Savy Fav, TV on the Radio and The Strokes. What sets Yardvark apart from other bands is they’re a no nonsense band. They love playing live music. They love getting a crowd up to dance. Yardvark aren’t looking to change the world, they’re not looking to blow peoples minds. They wanna play music that makes people happy, that suits beer in the hands and arms in the air. We’re Yardvark & we do not spend an inordinate amount of time weeding.

Review

Reviewed by Dom Alessio Dom Alessio

05 Sep 2012

Triple J
30

A solid tune, but one that definitely wears its Cure, Pumpkins & South Youth influences on its musical sleeve.

A solid tune, but one that definitely wears its Cure, Pumpkins & South Youth influences on its musical sleeve.

Review

Dowlo McG

24 Sep 2012

40

Sweet sounds Yardvark, just what i was in the mood for.

Sweet sounds Yardvark, just what i was in the mood for.

Review

40

Love these guys - have seen them live and they definitely know how to get the crowd dancing!

Love these guys - have seen them live and they definitely know how to get the crowd dancing!