May 11, 2013

Yawning Sons - Ceremony to the Sunset

Review by Aaron Sullivan.

To speak of Yawning Sons one must first speak of Yawning Man. Yawning Man came from the same California deserts that birthed Kyuss. In fact they started in 1986 (although nothing was released until 2005), jamming in garages and at parties to the very people that would go on to form Kyuss. Their influence on the desert rock scene in tremendous. Kyuss even had Yawning Man’s drummer Alfredo Hernández join the band for their last album (...And the Circus Leaves Town) even covering a Yawning Man song, "Catamaran".

Yawning Sons came about when Yawning Man’s guitarist Gary Arce was asked by the UK band Sons of Alpha Centauri to produce their album. As it says on their Bandcamp page,
Upon the first day of working in the studio, it was clear that something special was taking place. Within the space of a week Gary and the band would work together to write and record their own collaborative album. The resulting sound is like no other experienced before.
The resulting sound is one that is mostly instrumental and totally laid back and hypnotic. This may be an album recorded in the UK but the sunshine of the California desert is all over it. Echoey guitars over solid bass playing. Drumming that is not about power but about driving the songs. The atmosphere created on these songs give me a sense of flying over vast landscapes. Enjoying the peace and serenity of the scenery below. Vocals are provided on three different tracks by Scott Reeder (The Obsessed, Kyuss) Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Desert Sessions) and Wendy Rae Fowler (Queens Of The Stone Age, Mark Lanegan Band, Unkle). Each adding a change of pace on an otherwise instrumental album keeping things from getting stale.

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