A cauldron of methodical yet deeply moving instrumental rock that combines forlorn piano motifs with gradually intensifying, swirling drones and portentous orchestral swells.” writes the Seattle Stranger of the release that initially spurred Yards, Southerly’s “Champion of The Noisy Negativists”. Though not entirely instrumental, Yards directs its focus on a wider range of compositional concepts. Creating in one track what could be a dark contrasting club hit to a simplistic conceptual piece based on select subject matter.
Yards was founded as a project to exist outside of conventional musical boundaries. To ease the restrictions inherent with most bands and fully pursue ideas based on each piece being an individual release, unique unto itself. The project identifies more with film as the perfect medium to properly and fully represent an idea versus exclusively creating soundscapes.
Launching with a video single, “Kristallnacht”, Yards begins to take shape. The projects dark hypnotic sound is often compared to Godspeed You Black Emperor and Swans as well as cues from artists like Mogwai and Rachel’s.
“The side project of Southerly’s Krist Krueger, Yards essays expansive, elegant post-rock in the vein of genre standard-bearers such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Rachel’s. He achieves a panoramic, orchestral grandeur that avoids the sometimes sentimental bombast of some others in this realm, like Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Rós.”
– Dave Segal / The Seattle Stranger
“Tonight is the Portland unveiling of Yards, the latest music project of auteur Krist Krueger (of Southerly, sndtrkr). Krueger makes music of many textures, from honest folk with guitar and vocal chords, to soul-rending abstractions of pure noise. Yards is a predominantly instrumental collage of beats, swelling sound and waves of feeling. On Friday, April 20 at 10 p.m. Yards will be performing in Salt Lake at CK STUDIO (347 W. Pierpont Avenue) and I’m pretty sure you’ll be really fucking impressed. See you there!”
– The Whiskey Sutra (Salt Lake City, UT)
07 – Portland, OR – Valentines *Kickoff Show* (free/frei/gratis)
09 – Madrid, ES – Fotomaton Bar
10 – Malaga, ES – Velvet
11 – Murcia, ES
12 – Madrid, ES – El Perro de la Parte
13 – Manresa, ES – La Gramola
14 – Barcelona, ES – Macondo Bar
15 – Girona, ES – Mediterrania Espai Forum
Tour event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/281225818633341
AUDIO / VIDEO
Video – http://youtu.be/TYqoQqYlBFE
Audio – http://soundcloud.com/selfgroup/1-1
ON THE WEB
Official – www.yardsss.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/yardsss
Twitter – www.twitter.com/yardsss