Madrid-based band Yawners is comprised of Elena Nieto and Martin Muñoz. The duo was formed by Nieto in her home town of Salamanca, and persisting through a move to Germany before finding its current form with Muñoz in Madrid. Recently, Yawners announced their new album Just Calm Down. The LP’s ten tracks combines ‘90s college rock and skate punk influences.
Despite their stripped down line up, Nieto’s deft and inventive guitar parts are layered with her and Munoz’ harmonized vocals to produce a huge sound reminiscent of the early Ric Ocasek-produced Weezer albums, production that is perfectly suit the immediacy of the material. Nieto, who is a translator and speaks Spanish, German and English fluently, has a refreshingly direct songwriting approach, imbued with playfulness and humor, as on the affectionate kiss off to a stoner ex-boyfriend on buoyant early album stand out “Seaweed,” but with the range to find moments of emotional resonance that would not be out of place beside the band’s emo heroes like The Get Up Kids, American Football and Tigers Jaw. Just Calm Down will be released via La Castanya on March 22nd and is available for preorder now.
Lead single “Please, Please, Please” provides an example of the latter, utilizing overlapping vocal melodies and a powerful performance from Nieto, to elevate the song’s soaring chorus to great effect, capturing a feeling of mingled hope, and longing in the face of tragedy. In support of Just Calm Down, Yawners will playing in the US for the first time, appearing at this year’s SXSW with further dates in Europe to follow later in the year.