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Interview: Jan Rosenfeld of Yes Giantess

 
By on Thursday, 11th February 2010 at 4:00 pm
 

Thanks to Washington’s SNotorious B.I.G. of 2010, the 9:30 Club gig last night, 10 February, starring La Roux and Yes Giantess was cancelled. I was scheduled to interview Yes Giantess after their soundcheck at the venue but unable to get into the city due to “severe inclement weather” and not willing to wait until 25 July (the date the gig has been rescheduled to), I had a virtual chat with lead singer Jan Rosenfeld instead. We talk about their upcoming single ‘The Ruins’, last autumn’s NME Radar tour, and English band professionalism. And I ask the important question: Victoria or Elly? Read on.

Hello Yes Giantess. How are you guys doing today? And where are you?
We’re snowed in here in D.C. on the La Roux tour. We just played a serious game of Scrabble with my Dad. And he beat us mercilessly using the word “adze.”

So let’s talk about your name first – Yes Giantess. Who came up with it? I had this image in my mind the phrase being uttered in reverence at the feet of a female Sasquatch. Am I warm?

Very warm. Imagine this: You’re locked inside your house. You’re 5 feet tall. A 12 foot woman will not let you leave. You try to head for the door but she keeps pushing you down. Why are you in this house? How did you get here? Who is this woman? Why are you so short?

I’ve read that you met at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Are you all from the Boston area, or somewhere else in Massachusetts?
Three out of four of us met at Berklee. None of us are from the Boston area. Zach and I met in second grade at a birthday party. We were playing a heated game of F-Zero on Super Nintendo. Our bitter rivalry warmed up over the years.

Word on the street is that some of you used to be members of a previous incarnation of Passion Pit?
That’s sort of misleading. Joey [Sulkowski] (drums) and I were in musical projects with Ian [Hultquist] and Mike [Angelakos] of Passion Pit. Ayad [Al Adhamy] was the producer and engineer of some of our early stuff.

Now let’s talk about your sound. I hear a lot of ’80s synth influences in your previously released double A-side ‘Tuff N Stuff’ and ‘You Were Young’ on Neon Gold Records, and on ‘Can’t Help It’, a song of yours I really love that you worked on with Liam Howe of Sneaker Pimps. Have you all always loved electronic music…or how did the Yes Giantess sound evolve?
We don’t think of ourselves as synth-dependent anymore. When we began, the project was definitely focused on making the craziest sounds come out of our synths as possible. Lately we’re more concerned with writing interesting pop songs.

In the early days I think we had six keyboards on stage at once. Plus electronic beats, samples, and processed vocals. It was absurd! One time we did an all vocoder show.

Tell me about your upcoming single ‘The Ruins’ (due out 22 February). I’ve read that you worked with producer Starsmith on it, who’s worked with the winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll, Ellie Goulding.
‘The Ruins’ was such a long process. It started with a simple idea for a bass line, and throwing a bunch of things at the wall with Starsmith in his studio. Then we dissected it, reworked it, and finally had our good friend Jake Aron mix the final version. There are some spooky versions of ‘The Ruins’ floating around in our heads.

In terms of your own original music, what are your next recording plans?
We’ve got so much material that’s ready for recording. We’re doing three new songs after this tour is over. We’ve been writing and refining them on the road. Ultimately, we’re putting an EP and an album together.
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Bands to Watch #134: Yes Giantess

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd September 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Yes Giantess (side)Yes Giantess are a Boston quartet following in the footsteps of fellow Massachusetts inhabitants Passion Pit in making sickly-sweet, synthed out sounds. Digitalised to the eyeballs – the band are taking on that oh so popular genre of electro, and coating it in an extra sugary layer of super-pop fit for for the likes of JLS. Quite frankly, probably the one thing distinguishing this band from Justin Timberlake is the fact they wear skinny jeans and have shaggy manes.

Not that I’m putting the band down. Yes Giantess’ music bubbles with all sorts of quirky electrical beats, crunchy drums, and slick vocals – which, really, is all rather irresistible. Admittedly, the quartet are nothing to be took seriously, but hey, they make for fun listening, kinda like an audio version of Sonic the Hedgehog. So while the likes of The Temper Trap and Empire of the Sun are pulling electro up to a more serious note, Yes Giantess are sticking to their guns, creating a plethora of kooky, dancefloor-friendly tunes ala a cheesy Hot Chip.

NME like the band so much that they’ve recently invited them out on their Radar tour, which aims to showcase exciting upcoming artists to the indie-kid masses. Featuring alongside Yes Giantess include the likes of Golden Silvers, Marina and the Diamonds and Local Natives. You can grab tickets to the event, but first, why not check out Yes Giantess’ official MySpace page.

MP3: Yes Giantess – Tuff ‘n Stuff

 

NME Radar Tour with Golden Silvers / September and October 2009

 
By on Tuesday, 14th July 2009 at 3:52 pm
 

The second NME Radar Tour of 2009 has been announced for September and October.

The 15 date UK tour sees Golden Silvers, Marina And The Diamonds, Yes Giantess and Local Natives all take to the road.

Tickets go on sale for all dates at 9am tomorrow morning (15th July) from the NME Website.

Saturday 26th September 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy
Sunday 27th September 2009 – Sheffield University Foundry
Monday 28th September 2009 – Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 30th September 2009 – York The Duchess
Thursday 1st October 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Saturday 3rd October 2009 – Newcastle Northumbria University
Sunday 4th October 2009 – Stoke Sugarmill
Monday 5th October 2009 – Liverpool University Stanley Theatre
Wednesday 7th October 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms
Thursday 8th October 2009 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 9th October 2009 – Coventry Warwick University
Saturday 10th October 2009 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall Bar
Monday 12th October 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 13th October 2009 – London Koko
Wednesday 14th October 2009 – Brighton Concorde 2

 
 
 

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