We sat down with Yearling guitarist George Hage and drummer Mike Schroeder to talk about their band’s debut album, The View From Here.
INDEPENDENT: Is your music more pop or pop-punk?
MIKE SCHROEDER: I think our music is really based more on the pop side. When you think of punk, you think of something that has a dirty sound to it, like the Buzzcocks or Bad Religion. I think our music sounds very clean and almost, I don’t want to say it, homogenized. It just has a very smooth feel to it.
GEORGE HAGE: Yeah, we just try to make feel-good rock like the Gin Blossoms or Jimmy Eat World.
“Feel-good rock” depends largely on mixing engaging lyrics with rhythmic melodies. How does Yearling try to do that?
MIKE: [The guitar work and rhythm] comes from just listening to other artists’ music. The more music you listen to, the more you’re able to soak it in and it all becomes a part of what you end up putting back out into your own music. Sid [lead singer/ bassist] listens to a ridiculous amount of music whether it’s pop or rock or even country. He’s really into Keith Urban right now. I guarantee our next record is going to be a country record.
Who are some of the bands (besides Keith Urban) you looked to and incorporated musically or lyrically into Yearling’s sound?
GEORGE: For me, I listened to a lot of Jimmy Eat World and early Weezer growing up. I love reggae, ska and rock. There’s almost too much to name. And I know Sid, since he’s coming from a metal band [Glass Casket], loves everything from metal to country.
Does Sid ever try to put a metal spin on Yearling’s sound?
MIKE: He always says that Glass Casket is one of those things that he has a good time with. He likes to be on stage and play loud music, but Yearling is more of where his heart is. I think some of the metal influences spill over though on a couple of tracks on the record like “Arrow and Archer” and “Luna.” But we try to switch it up. A lot of metal and hard-core bands will just stay on one note, like chug-a-chug-a. We try to make it sound a lot less mean. We clean it up a bit.
Yearling releases The View From Here at The Brewery on Friday, May 11.