Yonder Mountain String Band release single ahead of new album, Meow Wolf Performance

If you are wondering what a Yonder Mountain String Band the concert could look like inside Convergence station, Denver’s Meow Wolf location, as does bassist Ben Kaufmann. He never went there.

“I’m sure we’ll be inspired in the moment,” Kaufmann says. “If the performance space is set up like Santa Fe, it’s a very psychedelic environment.”

Kaufmann adds that he’s been interested in the new Meow Wolf spot since before the pandemic.

“I’ve never been to Burning Man or anything like that,” he says. “It’s sort of my take on these incredible artists and architects – very psychedelic, bringing these things together for a museum installation experience. The one in Santa Fe really blew my mind.

The show, which takes place on Friday, February 25, will also serve as the album release party for the bluegrass band’s latest full-length album, Get yourself outsideand Kaufmann predicts that much of the set list will revolve around the new songs.

“We tend not to create set lists for shows until at least a few days before,” he says. “We are very changeable human beings.”

The show is sold out, but those without tickets can get a taste of the new album with the just-released single “Suburban Girl,” accompanied by a music video, out today, February 11. . Directed by the filmmaker John Summerson, the stop-motion animated piece features a disembodied pair of Chuck Taylors pushing a skateboard through a mountain town, art appearing to come together on an old school desk, and numerous time-lapse shots of clouds who pass. It’s a grim outlook, by most standards.

Guitarist Adam Aijala says the band had never been so prepared for an album in their more than twenty-year career. The members worked together via Google Drive folders and Zoom meetings, and they also practiced a lot: The band, like many others, played a lot of Brady’s Bunchboxed-style music shows during quarantine.

“Majority of the songs were nothing before COVID, but some of them were at least rough ideas,” Aijala says. “When we walked into the studio in April of last year, we were more than prepared. Obviously some things come up creatively in the moment, but we already went into it kind of knowing what we were doing. .

Kaufmann says that although the recording process was new to the band, he loved it. In his early years, Yonder set aside as much studio time as he could afford. But in recent years, members have been spread across many states.

“We decided that we were going to pre-produce the record,” Kaufmann explains. “We knew where each solo was going to go. We knew how the arrangements were going to go. We knew what we wanted to try once in the studio.

The new approach was also necessary because of the pandemic; The less time we spend together in a cramped recording studio, the better.

“We were able to brainstorm and bring them to life very easily,” says Kaufmann. “I don’t think it’s something we could have done twenty years ago because we didn’t have the experience.”

According to Kaufman, get out of yourself is a kind of return to form for the group. Yonder has had a few line-up changes over the years, and the band has become somewhat “wide-eyed” to be more technical in their approach to playing, he says, although he has since learned that these technical details are not as important as connecting with the audience. Mandolin player and multi-instrumentalist Nick Piccininni, the latest addition to the lineup, has been a good addition in this regard. Members can see a little more clearly what was an important part of the Yonder Mountain String Band in the first place: energy.

“Nick brings that energy,” Kaufmann says. “He explodes with it. I feel compelled to say he’s no slouch on his instrument. In fact, he plays all the instruments, and he’s probably the best of all the instruments in the band.”

Kaufmann notes that his favorite Yonder Mountain String Band songs are the most recent.

“Some of the songs in our repertoire we’ve been playing for 23 years, and we’ve probably played them 1,000 times,” he says. “In terms of musical exploration, as a creative person, having something new to bite into is always appreciated.”

Get yourself outside will be released on Friday, February 25 and will be available to stream on all major platforms. For more information, visit yondermountain.com.

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