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Yearbook

by Yearbook

Bombastic and lush, this melodic post punk band puts the emphasis on rock with soaring vocals and intricately woven textures.
Genre: Rock: Emo
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2. Parachute
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3. Bitter Bookends
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4. Expiration
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
YEARBOOK

Greg Hoy: Guitar and Vocals, SH101
Mike Knapp: Bass and Vocals
Dave Sharma: Drums and Percussion

This album was recorded in four days of August 2003 by J Robbins (Channels, Burning Airlines, Jawbox, Government Issue) at Phase in College Park, MD. It was mixed by J with the band over the next few months and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side in November.

From backgrounds of melodic hardcore, power pop, a love for DC post punk and even math rock, the members of Yearbook have focused their energies on writing solid intense introspective songs. Taking cues from such influences as Jawbox, Mission of Burma, and At The Drive In, Yearbook's songs contain a sense of urgency driven by their dual-vocal arrangements wrapped in rich instrumental countermelodies and interspersed with moments of controlled chaos. MOST importantly...they rock.

PRESS/REVIEWS

"Yearbook can't seem to decide whether their jones for complexity errs on the side of math-rocky indie or hard-edged prog. This tension, combined with their solid hooks and enjoyable vocals and lyrics, makes for an above-average listening experience. Songs like "Expiration" feel like they were written and performed by old pros, wielding the standard instruments and riffs of their trade with style and aplomb. The band could probably stand to trim the fat from a few tracks, and certainly there are moments that lag, but Yearbook has a lot going on."

- Bret McCallon, Splendid, December 2004

When you enlist the likes of former Jawbox pioneer J. Robbins (whose also known for his Burning Airlines outfit or his current band Channels) to produce your album you're probably going to wind up being damn good. Yearbook doesn't disappoint with their DC-esque indie rock sound. The minor key chords are there and coast along with the pop melodies and hooks that Yearbook assembles on each song. The album is a masterpiece and certainly showcases the tremendous wizardry that goes into each J. Robbins production and while similar in vibe to some of his past pet projects like Hey Mercedes, Jets to Brazil, and even The Promise Ring, this isn't a cheap cookie cutter outfit in the least.

- J-Sin, Smother.net, December 2004

When your band's album is produced by DC's invariably in-demand J. Robbins (formally of Jawbox and Burning Airlines) this usually means one of two things: 1. Your band bears more than a passing resemblance to Jawbox and/or Burning Airlines, or 2. You savor Robbin's keen ear and meticulous studio wizardry to help whip your fledgling combo into the stuff of critical adoration and salivating fan worship (e.g. just check out the wonders Robbins has worked for The Promise Ring, Jets to Brazil, and Hey Mercedes). Admittedly, this trio do lend themselves acutely to the dissonant, minor key-melodicism of Robbins guitar gangs of yore (not to mention even more arcane, long departed Edsel) Yearbook are strivers just as much as anyone, on the indie playing field at any rate. Save for a couple of meandering instrumentals, Yearbook is worth seeking out for anyone craving a brisk post-hardcore fix.

- Jack Rabid, Big Takeover, September 2004

This brooding trio provides both excellent vocal harmony work and pulsing guitars... Nice touches abound.

- Village Voice Choice, April 8, 2003.

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Janine

Gritty and rocking
This CD is really good. I picked one up at a live show in NYC and it doesnt dissapoint. It goes from heavy to heartfelt and back again. And it sounds really awesome too!
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Andre

Magnificent!
Thse guys obviously love what they play. There is a lot of spirit in this music. Its heavy - leaning to the art-rock side of things - but always driving forward. It avoids the cliches, the lyrics are simple but conjure great images, its just bloody great! Very refreshing!
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