Berth and Renaud from the excellent band Absynthe Minded listen to the Yeallow LP “2891 Seconds”.
Yeallow is Fred C (vocal, guitar, keyboard), Pascal C (vocal, guitar, keyboard), Fred T (guitar, chorus), Bill O (bass) and Olivier “Piment” (drums, chorus). As a group of five, Yeallowcreates rich and energetic songs with mature lyrics. This alternative style with no hang-ups about its rock influences, is a New pop-rock sound — As if Lou Reed were to sing a ballad with Pearl Jam in the style of Radiohead with Brian Ferry and Bowie’s elegance! References acknowledged, but without reverence!
I talked to vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Fred C about the Yeallow‘s new album 2891 Seconds, and the band’s dream of touring Japan.
Please introduce yourself. Who are YEALLOW and what instruments and brands of instruments do they play?
Yeallow came from a musical project born in 2006, and started at the end of 2008, with our first homemade EP “One.” This step built the current Yeallow — five musicians, friends and full of musical passion.
I am Fred C: lead vocals, guitars, keyboards and Kaoss Pad. Pascal: lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, Fred T: lead guitars, backing vocals, Piment: drums, backing vocals, and Bill: bass. Both are playing and composing in the studio and always testing new sounds.
What is the musical background of the members of YEALLOW?
Fred C, Fred T, and Pascal played rock in bands during the 90′s. As a professional musician Piment played with a lot of different reggae and rock bands. Bill’s background is metal, folk and rock. This mix of musical backgrounds, created the sound of Yeallow. Each member has composed music for many years, and received formal training in piano, drums, and even flute in music schools.
Remembering back to your first time in front of a live audience, what comes to mind?
Fred C: Yes! We did it!!! Seriously, we have always had great pleasure to play live and the audience feels it!
I know you would like to tour Japan? Is there any particular reason, and what do you hope get from the experience?
Fred C: We like Japan! It is an exciting life full of new stuff, fashion and future minded people, and our favorite bands such as Radiohead for example like playing there. The audience is great, likes rock, and festivals like Fuji rock are in our mind!!!
Tell me a little bit about the songwriting process — what inspires you to write music?
Fred C: Lyrics are a point we like to challenge — we want to tell stories inspired by today’s life. With a poetic vision, Fred C is very aware of being metaphoric, and telling a story as a movie. The song “2891 seconds” is a life story.
How does the writing and recording of the new album 2891 Secondscompare to your earlier projects?
Fred C: 2891 seconds was written and composed by Fred C and Pascal. After that, the entire band creates and co writes with Piment as art director who drives the Yeallow style ! It is very collective, compared to the past.
What are fans going to hear?
Fred C: Oh, I don’t know how to answer that. On these album, all are made to be heard many times — You’ll discover new sounds, backgrounds, 12 tracks but never the same recipe.
What has been your biggest triumph as YEALLOW? Greatest challenge?
Fred C: Biggest triumph: to play live and launch this album in such a short time and to play in Paris!!! Greatest challenge: Continuing to play live with a great show and thinking about the art project in our Yeallow project, next sounds, album theme, and discovering a Japanese audience.
Let’s hear a little about your tastes not related to music? Could you name some of your favorite books or movies?
Fred C: There’s so many; Photos: Helmut Newton, Raymond Depardon. Art exhibitions: Basquiat, Dali. Great movies: Into the wild, Spinal Tap (Winks and smiles on the last.)
What is your favorite YEALLOW song to perform live? Why?
Fred C: Maybe Supergliding because it ends the show with a great energy link with the audience, they want much and this feeling is great!
This is your chance to promote your CDs, bands, tours, websites & gear? What should we be looking for from YEALLOW in the coming months?
Fred C: 2891 Seconds is the New pop-rock sound, we want you to have as much pleasure in listening to this album, as we had in making it!
YEALLOW’s next shows are in France and Europe. A video clip is coming in September (view below), and there may be a US tour in November. We advise and hope all will keep in touch by joining our fan pages and to check our web site yeallow.net. Please leave comments, photos, and videos.
Yeallow will play live in the “Indie Rock Place : Noumatrouff” in Mulhouse (East of France) near the border of Germany and Swiss (Basel).
We thank you for your support and would be glad to introduce Natas Loves You and Amen Birdmen.
All informations on
01/12: Unplugged live during the SFR show with Gia & Ben, Goom Radio, Paris, F
25/09 : Live (with Natas Loves You and Amen Birdmen), 20h30, Noumatrouff, 57 rue de la Mertzau, 68063 Mulhouse, F
25/09 : Showcase, 15h00, Fnac, 54 rue du Sauvage, 68100 Mulhouse, F
17/07 : Live, 22h30, Bus Palladium, 6 rue Fontaine, 75009 Paris, F
21/06 : Fête de la Musique 19h30 + Eve-R (18h30) + Aymeric Jeay (17h30), Galerie de l’Aubette – Place Kléber, Strasbourg, F
27/04 : Showcase Fnac, Fnac, Strasbourg, F
21/04 : Festival des Artefacts, La Laiterie, Strasbourg, F
8/01 : Rock the Place, Cinéma Saint Exupéry, Strasbourg, F
Thank you !!! Great audience !!!
I was surprised to receive a CD from Yeallow. I used to speak about Blues. This album has an elegance even in its design, the music sounds also great. It makes me remember (I m not an expert) to Pink Floyd, Mike and the Mechanics but closer to Radiohead. The music is straight, the production really good and the melodies are well thought.
Yeallow’s music goes from the 70′s with the guitars to nowadays with electro. I advise you to take 48 minutes to hear this album and if you like alternative pop rock, you will be seduced.
By Olivier Raymond
Strasbourg gave us, in the past and more newly, of bands such Kat Onoma, for the first option, and Crocodiles for second, each in its own style.
Yeallow registers in it, in a more conventional schema, but makes also proof of address in composition of one pop-rock which goes of the energetic (“Strange days”) to the most ingratiating (“Keep that morning feeling”), through at this beginning of album by a nice series of mid-tempi tied up well, following with an “Oversized” that remembers me The Stranglers with a good voice added with fine electric effects.
They touch lightly even the class of Rodolphe Burger and its acolytes the time of “Here Comes” whom I would have as my part seen well on “Cupid”, superb midnight blue album of Philippe Poirier and Co, or of ”The Map”, in significant linked voices.
The start is of good manners (“After tomorrow”, made by refined and acidulous pop) and Yeallow, if it is hardly surprising, develops numerous good ideas, by being furthermore held in a certain simplicity in its compositions, expanded with correctness, without wrong additions.
We like ” If only “, for example, its low podgy and the fine guitars, or ” What will you do? “, endowed with solid melodies which supports hard riffs, and the whole is well held, wobbling only across a parallel style defect of which is to be already very played.
Yeallow puts right it by showing a laudable and measured eclecticism, devoting himself on “Supergliding” to a power-pop in ringing guitars of the nicest effect. “Call it desire” develops even a noisy, jerky woof, which supplements and gives energy to the panel of the guys from Alsace, before “Raindrops” makes a good melting of acoustic and electric guitars. The voice gives there really added strenghs.
Finally, it is “Your perfect existence”, put down, piano-voice at first then more mucked up, strong of a coating almost shoegaze, that puts an end, with elegance and in a relating torment, in a good album, without weaknesses nor swagger.
A band to be therefore followed, by waiting for lightly more individual and such a successful suite.
Written by ”A good day for a trip” (translation)
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Louis Bertignac, Adanowsky, Recoil, The Willowz, Les Parisiennes Dolls, The Prussians, Natas loves you, Amen Birdmen played there since the march 16th 2010.
Yeallow will play “2891 seconds” and old tracks refreshed the Saturday 17th july @ 10h30 pm
Free entrance – (advisable Booking 1 45 26 80 35)