Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yautja Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album? Since we finished tracking the record we've done 2 tours of the midwest/east coast and gone through the treacherous post-tracking process of putting out an album: mixing, mastering for digital/vinyl, and other logistical shit with artwork, release dates, etc.

2.You recently released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from your past recordings?  As of this interview, isn't technically out yet but it will be very soon.  The new record is definitely the best quality recording we've done; everything else has been home-recorded by our guitarist Shibby, which doesn't sound bad but just not fucking PRO like Mikey Allred at Dark Arts Audio.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album?  The subject/lyrical content of the songs on the new album ranges from personal themes like our relationships with our friends/family and community to socio-political themes that affect all of us.  A theme that seems to resonate throughout the record is the observance of the basic human fear of change.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Yautja'? The name Yautja comes from the Predator (the movie) universe, but it’s really just a name to us.

5.What are some of the best show that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance? Over the past few years we've played some awesome shows with some awesome bands; lately Florida (Miami, Tallahassee, Orlando) has been really good to us with other recent highlights being Richmond, Boston, and Baltimore.  As far as stage performance: we like to play our songs and Tyler and Kayhan sweat a lot.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release and 2014?  We're doing a two week tour at the beginning of February and then touring out to Austin for SXSW with some shows on either side of that.  We will be touring sporadically throughout this year to support the new record.

7.The new album came out on Forcefield Records, do you feel that they have done a lot to get your music heard out there? Forcefield is a great label and we're really glad to have Tim as our new stepdad.  We're very stoked to be a part of the Forcefield family.

8.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of grindcore?  Not many people have actually heard the new record yet but we hope people from all over are in to it.

9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that the band members are involved with? We're all fairly active with other projects besides Yautja: Tyler plays drums in Gnarwhal and Alraune, who are both releasing new music and touring this year.  Kayhan plays in Coliseum, Choking on Ash, and Legion who all release music and tour when time permits.  Shibby plays in Nameless Cults and Quietly and is constantly recording/engineering Nashville bands.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases? Weirder, Faster, Heavier, Slower, Harder, Softer.  More fog at future shows.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer material and also what are you listening to nowadays?  Currently listening to: PJ Harvey, Pile, Inter Arma, Ulcerate, R. Kelly, Ex-Breathers, Pissed Jeans, Castevet, Portal, Grass is Green, Glasser, Mammoth Grinder, The Austerity Program.

12.Do you have any non musical interests?  We love to go movie.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? Thanks for the questions, keep your eye on the Nashville diy/punk/heavy music scene in 2014 - lots of good bands/people doing awesome stuff this year.  See you in your hometown.

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