Denver-based band the Yawpers formed in 2011 when Jesse Parmet and Nate Cook played together at a speakeasy in Boulder, CO. They added a drummer to the mix and a new trio was born. The band's name is a nod to "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman: "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world."
The Yawpers roar over the roofs of a world filled with the ruined and the forgotten, where big dreams and small towns are pitched to the collective curb, and lost men and con men roam the gutters and pulpits.
Their 2015 album "American Man" taps into the disparate, murky pools of the American musical lexicon; dark country to kinetic punk, acid blues to flared jeans boogie, low-brow backdrops pitted against high-minded literary references. Itâs an edgy, engrossing trip.
Raw and melodic, infectious and irreverent, "American Man" is an update on the Springsteen tramp's dream of getting out while you're young–this time played for the inhalants generation. It's suicide rap played out in the desert, without velvet rims or everlasting kisses, the tramp as much a drifter as a romantic.
The band's unique set up–overdriven acoustic guitars and drums, equal parts frenzy, solemnity and menace–binds snotty rock 'n' roll to the hopeful and fuses the elemental power of the riff to the intimacy of a sunset-bound road trip.
The track "Doing It Right" is deeply soulful and an urgent call to action, with brutal and bluesy freak-outs. "Burdens," with its pound on the dashboard scream-a-long chorus, is a dark and dislocating stab at the teenage ode to the fresh outta' school good times.
With a voice weaving between a smoky rasp and a bombastic howl, singer and guitarist Nate Cook is a lounge lizard charmer, a smooth snake-oil salesman and a sharp-tongued poet. Battering ram drummer Noah Shomberg brings a refined touch exhibiting his formal training. Jesse Parmet's guitar is an aural cross section of the ferocious and raw proletarian roots of Uncle Tupelo to the red-hot thrashings of Hot Snakes. Together, the Yawpers have forged a well-defined identity: a general disdain for the conventional with a sonic depth that never loses its accessibility.
"American Man" is the bandâs second full-length release. They self-released the EP "Savage Blue" and the full-length album "Capon Crusade" in 2012.