What do you dislike about making music and what do you love about it?
Tom: I don’t like the expectations placed on bands/artists today. I think the structures that we’re all expected to roll over and fall into, whether it’s social media formats, current music trends or even something trivial like what a band looks like, they can be unrealistic and creatively stifling at times. It’s important for bands to make their own paths and do what feels right, not just do what everyone else is doing because that’s the way it is. Something I love about making music is the creative freedom it allows, particularly in a modern climate. We’re now in a time where people can be making more music, across more genres and releasing it in whichever way they fancy. There’s something really exciting about the endless possibilities of music, and I think we should all remind ourselves of that from time to time and see what happens. Maybe we’ll get some 20 minute experimental soundscapes at number one in the hottest 100 or something haha!
What goes on in your head when you’re on stage?
Tom: I don’t know about the other two, but I go into a trance sort of thing. I’ve always believed if you think too hard about the music you’re making then the emotion falls by the wayside. If it’s rehearsed enough, the movement becomes muscle memory and you just focus on expression and delivery.
Sean: I usually worry about getting the first note wrong, other than that basically what Tom said. We focus on the synergy, dynamics and expression live – nothing should feel scripted or robotic.
What do you get most obsessive about when you’re making music?
Tom: I think the reason Yeevs works is because we all have a different obsession when crafting the songs. I tend to focus on how something sounds sonically, Sean’s a big structure guy and Bradley tends to have a emotive/expressive angle when coming in to write. There’s obviously overlap too, we’re all quite emotional in the way we work, but we all draw from each other’s strengths and that is what has let us develop as a unit.
Who’s a local talent more people should know about?
Sean: This list could go on forever, for every one local group we name there’s probably another 10. In brief – Morning TV, Library Siesta, Ruth Carp & The Fishheads, Noire, Love Deluxe and Japanese Death Machine. That’s a fairly varied selection of locals you can find online or see live.
What’s a quote that made you do something?
Sean: I feel expressions such as “If you can’t handle me at my worst, you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best” are constantly misunderstood; or it’s strange that people would pick out a quote from Marilyn Monroe who probably isn’t the greatest role model in the world. It also bothers me that a guy can take a surface level expression and turn it into “Women wish to be jerks and can, why do men never get a break!”
I think there’s a reason why that quote probably isn’t taken seriously anymore.
I guess I’m saying that the quote made me do nothing other than question why people live by quotes.
What record do you think you’ve listened to the most times in your life?
Bradley: The Church – Starfish
Tom: Neil Young – On The Beach
Sean: The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds