Q&A with YearbookBy Jake Ben-David
January 15, 2013
WITH members from Woking and Andover, the Yearbook quartet have been getting down and dirty in the studio with the aim of producing an alt-rock masterpiece.
Andy, Tom, Hamish and Louis took a five-minute break during recording to talk about the emotional journey on tour, from hugs to freezers.
So Yearbook, you've just finished a tour with The Xcerts. Did you at any point let them know that their band name is spelled incorrectly?
We assumed that it was just the Scottish spelling. What with the language barriers and all that, we couldn't understand what they said for seven whole days.
On the tour, which night provided the most exquisite accommodation?
Luckily we had friends in every town and city that we played so none of the accommodation was too awful. The best accommodation prize would probably have to go to our good friend Alan though, who provided us with sweaty hugs and a jar of salsa that ended up being drunk in one go by our tour companion Taylor. However, a notable runner up is our pal Elliot Grimes, where Andy ended up getting locked in a freezer.
At the end of the tour, were tears of sadness or tears of joy shed?
Tears of sadness for ourselves and tears of joy for The Xcerts for finally being shot of us...
You're named after the end of school year celebratory annual. What would your school teachers say about the four of you now?
Andy's teacher - 'Still maintaining a significant level of underachievement'
Tom's teacher - 'Brooker, you're smiling like a Cheshire Cat... back to the changing room'
Hamish's teacher - 'We always knew music would get him nowhere'
Louis' teacher - 'Who...?'
Right now you are in the studio. Have you incorporated any bizarre recording techniques yet?
When we tracked drums, we stuck a microphone inside a grand piano with the sustain pedal held down for the entire session. We also decided to keep a microphone running in the corridor between the live room and control room picking up idle conversation and other noise. Here's hoping it makes the record sound good...
Finally, what can the world expect from Yearbook in 2025?
We will have all been replaced by robots and changed our name to Yearbots.
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