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The Key Studio Sessions: Yarrow

With all due respect to the bassists of the world, I respect the hell out of artists that don’t buy into rock and roll convention, that firmly jettison the four-stringed low end from their instrumental setup. When they do that and sound as thrilling as Philly’s Yarrow, all the better.

Fronted by some familiar punk scene faces — Christo Johnson of King Azaz, Meri Haines of Great Weights — the band takes the Sleater-Kinney guitar-guitar-drums power trio approach, but with the density and catharsis of Drive Like Jehu’s “Luau.” Or, as our Yoni Kroll put it when he named Yarrow one of his favorite new Philly bands last year, Yarrow feels like it’s “channeling Slint and Unwound but in a perfectly pissed off kind of way.” In short: it’s heavy stuff.

Ahead of their appearance this Saturday, May 25th at Break Free Fest — the third annual edition of the festival centering black and brown artists in punk and hardcore — Yarrow (rounded out by drummer Dani Elephant) came by WXPN studios to play an explosive set of songs from A Mild Circus, their February release on Get Better Records. Continue reading →

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Yarrow showcases its live energy and heavy pop chops in the new “Tambourine” video

Yarrow | photo by Meghann Altomare | courtesy of the artist

If you haven’t yet had a chance to catch Philly three-piece Yarrow live, you can get an idea of what the band is all about thanks to their new video. Yarrow first came onto the scene last year and just released their debut EP, A Mild Circus, on local label Get Better Records. Shot in West Philly in the eerie setting of an empty light-filled warehouse, the new video for “Tambourine” gives us a glimpse at how the band combines their different influences and styles into their unique sound, which lends itself to a dynamic performance. Continue reading →