Interview with the yawning
sons(UK) ANSWERS BY Gary Arce FORMER
(YAWNING MAN) & Nick Hannon (Sons of Alpha
Centauri) IN A UNIQUE INTERVIEW THE bAND
confirmed for the London and Berlin DesertFest 2013.
Sons(UK) is a
collaboration of the
post/prog stoner band Sons of
Alpha Centauri(UK) & Gary
Arce from Yawning Man(US)
former member of Fatso Jetson(US)
much interesting and enjoyable
interview finally finished!
Stonerrock.gr: Hello Gary Arce and Nick Hannon ! Thanks for the interview on
Stonerrock.gr for visitors & stoner rock fans Greece and Worldwide. For you Gary
it's it is nice to speak with a member off this legendery Desert Rock Scene.
Nick I really dig you band 'Sons of Alpha Centauri'.
Nick: Hi Periklis - thanks for the kind words.
Gary: Cheers bro!
Stonerrock.gr: Mix your different music & personalities from U.S & U.K & you
form the band Yawning Sons, sharing the instrumental element but different
influences I think, you Gary most west coast desert surf music and you Nick the
post stoner also band like Pelican; What is the direction of Yawning Sons ; how
was behind this idea of collaboration forming the band;
Nick: We wanted to work with Gary due to his unique guitar style and to refine
some new techniques for recording the second 'Sons of Alpha Centauri' album.
Initially we wanted to maybe work with Gary on some new material and see how it
went. However, from the moment we switched on the amplifiers there was a special
magic between all of us which has escalated above simply just a collaboration or
a guest appearance. Hence 'Yawning Sons' was born. It felt really cool and the
songs just began to flow, before we knew it we had a concept and a theme behind
the music. Since then we have continued to capture that same vibe even though
there is great distance between us. We have captured the magic of Yawning Sons
through both releases and continuing to do that is our main priority.
Stonerrock.gr: Yawning Man is quite melodic & less heavy than Sons of Alpha
Centauri - were you afraid of losing some of your audience or you do not care ?
Gary: I didn't care, I'm always open to playing and jamming to different styles
of music, that's were the most unique and interesting sounds and songs generate
Stonerrock.gr: There are some same influences from composing the "Ceremony to
The Sunset". I guess mainly from 70's records/bands and from the 90s also I
think is it true? Yawning Sons 7" vinyl split with WaterWays was a very special
and recent release, is there a plan to make a new full album after 2 years of
the first ?
Nick: Absolutely! S.O.A.C are majorly driven by British rock form the 70s such as
Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. Marlon (the guitarist) listens to a lot of jazz
and Andy (keyboards) is heavily involved in ambient music. Personally I really
like the Man's Ruin Records vinyl releases from the 90s. They were really high
quality releases, silkscreen by Frank Kozik all on different colored vinyl. I
ended up listening to 200 bands through that label. The WaterWays / Yawning Sons
7" and the Sons of Alpha Centauri / WaterWays / HWCT 12" are all really high
quality vinyl, stock paper and silkscreen print. At a time of digital
downloading and a reduction of physical format releases - it sees only right to
make each individual release as crafted and tailored as possible.
Stonerrock.gr: Some songs on "Ceremony to The Sunset" remind me 'The Soundtrack
of our Lives' there a similarity or a touch , tell us about the new alternative
progressive scene , is there an interesting band to play live apart from that
stoner/desert rock scene ?
Nick: I really don't know much about the alternative progressive scene to be
honest. I really love instrumental music though hence it has always been great
to be working with acts such as Yawning Man and Karma to Burn who have pioneered
their respective sounds. We all love ambient music in Yawning Sons and that
thick organic warmth that comes with the sound of blending Yawning Man with Sons
of Alpha Centauri. We had a lot of references to 'My Bloody Valentine' and
'Tangerine Dream'. We love those bands...
Gary: Yeah, dissonant experimental guitar music is right up my alley!
Stonerrock.gr: I bet you can't wait until Desert Fest 2013! This is the reason
for send me a few words about this, the event makers, the producers, the venues
and the experience play together with great bands , is there a musicians to say
hi ,talk ,watch!
Nick:DesertFest 2013 is run by Desert Scene UK (London) and Sound of Liberation
(Germany). I've known the Desert Scene guys since Day 1 when S.O.A.C were the
support act for the first show with Atomic Bitchwax. Since then we've played
loads of Desert Scene shows such as Brant Bjork, Acid King etc. They are all
really nice guys and completely dedicated to the music and the belief in the
musicians. After about 10 big shows they decided to step it up a gear to a
establish a major London festival. Last year at Desert Fest Sons of Alpha
Centauri, Rotor and Karma to Burn all played the main stage on the opening night
and it just awesome everyone being together and celebrating instrumental music
for that night. It is unique in that all of the nights are often themed with a
concept and on the opening night this year it's the 'Godfathers of the Desert'
hence Yawning Man, Yawning Sons and Fatso Jetson all playing together. It's
going to be a really intimate one off show to get all three of the bands
together so it only felt right that it is a big event such as Desert Fest!
Yawning Sons / WaterWays - Split "7 (2011) 500 copies
on sea blue 70 gram vinyl
Label: Space Age & Cheesecake
Stonerrock.gr:Latest taste right now on turntable or cd player, song or album -
an apocalyptic/ hidden band maybe that worth's?
Gary:The latest band I was listening to are actually a older band I recently
discovered, The Monks from Germany, super cool fuzz noise band from the 70s and I
was recently listening to Azonic, its the guitar player from blind idiot god and
the guitar player from Godflesh. Experimental guitar music is my favorite type
Stonerrock.gr: We have some good interesting stoner rock bands in our scene in
Greece.We have some distance from Uk , Germany and central Europe . You Gary
first tell us something you might know some new band 's or old ;
Gary:That's a tough one! For older bands I really like Brian Eno, Deep purple,
MU, Lords of the New Church, Air, Can, newer bands I like The Mermen, Blind
Idiot God there's too many to mention, it depends on my mood I guess.
Stonerrock.gr:Except music are there other form of arts you like to be active
Nick:All Yawning Sons and Sons of Alpha Centauri releases feature photography
and artwork delivered by the band themselves and in particular landscape
photography. We have invested a significant amount of time into design (logos),
the website and even every single flyer and poster is designed by the band.For
the slightly heavier SOAC back catalogue we have full background visuals which
we debuted with 'A Storm of Light' in London.
Gary: I like to draw when I have time, I'm really into cartoon characters and
facial expressions. Ask any of my friends, at one time or another they've all
been subjects in my drawings!