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Dec 11, 2017

Yeah Wings



Tomorrow Will Be Better, the final album by the self-proclaimed “quietest band in Minneapolis,” Yeah Wings, was the first to be written collectively by the band in this form, (Collin Dall on guitar and vocals - Jake Blanchette on bass - Cole Benson on drums.) It was conceived by the same three members across a different three practices spaces in the past year and a half. Shows in support of new music were rare. The band’s attention was turned to care for the record, for the final production, for the final statement from the low-lit and slow-paced band itself. 

TWBB thematically came to life in a flurry of frustration with interpersonal relationships. Lyricist Collin Dall found himself holed up in a basement apartment, walls and floors concrete, writing a different breed of song that didn’t point an all-knowing finger toward somebody else, but instead on himself. Feelings of self-hatred and apathy leak through the voice cracks of the claustrophobic vocal takes. Benson’s drums keep a pounding, well-tuned and steady backbone, while Blanchette’s hifi Castlevania-esque bass melodies pick us up from the shirt backs of the depressing lyrical themes.

“The Promise Bison” takes us inside the mind of a longing, gothic misanthrope, “Springtime” tells recounts a tale via blissfulness of solitude. The album’s pivotal moment comes through an apocalyptic, groundbreaking distorted outro to “Blood Relative.” The songs former minutes lull the listener in a single key, teased with the sonic touches of a descent into madness. The latter half of the song delivers a soaring, crying, well-deserved moment of catharsis, comparable to the twilight minutes of Slint’s “Washer”. The album rounds it’s edges with it’s titular track, but the final track and lead single, “Buck”, take us back inside the melancholy and declare the end. 

The songwriting on the latest record marks new territory for the band. Not only in working collectively, but writing songs keeping in mind what shows on the deep pool of self reflection’s surface. There is much to be learned from thinking before acting. On Yeah Wings’ third LP, time was taken, and action was unleashed. Each step was painfully and carefully accounted for across its 38 minute run-time.