LEGENDS OF THE DESERT II: YAWNING MAN (US) & FATSO JETSON (US)
YAWNING MAN (US)
Influenced by everything from the psychedelic to the folkloric, jazz, hard rock, roots punk, world music…while hard to describe, one could say the sound and mood of Yawning Man is visual and cinematic , heavy and melancholy, driving & day-dreamy…
Yawning Man, who hail from the arid desert area of Southern California, have been playing, jamming, and recording since 1986, and are a highly influential band. Most of their fans and those heavily influenced by them consider them to be ‚the originators‘ of the entire “Desert Rock” movement/genre.
“Yawning Man was the sickest desert band of all time. Oh, they’re the GREATEST band I’ve ever seen.- Brant Bjork (2002)
As per the quote above: Brant was a member of the later formed, highly influential hard rock/desert band Kyuss, and the Yawning Man song „Catamaran“ was covered and included on their 3rd album „And The Circus Leaves Town“. Countless bands, many hailing from the same Desert turf the Yawning Man guys were bred from and even more, spanning not only the US, but Europe and farther even yet, have been influenced by Yawning Man.
It would be almost 20 years after the band’s organic beginnings that the public would be blessed with a full length LP, „Rock Formations“, released in 2006 (Gary Arce on guitars, Alfredo Hernandez on drums and Mario Lalli on Bass) . Other releases from the band include the Ep „Pot Head“ with the addition of fellow desert musician Billy Cordell on Bass. “Vista Point” contains both of the aforementioned albums on one disc, and was released in 2008 to appease the rabid fans who were unable to pay the hefty prices for what limited copies of the first two albums existed. 2011 saw the release of “Nomadic Pursuits”, a brilliant album consistent with their style and flair, yet fresh and intriguing as ever.
The band is currently writing music and getting ready to record their next full length record, which will include artwork from the very revered and well known artist Raymond Pettibon. In the interim, Yawning Man has self-released a limited vinyl pressing that includes two songs to be one-half of a “Split EP” alongside Fatso Jetson.
FATSO JETSON (US)
Fatso Jetson was formed in Palm Desert, CA, in 1994 and are often credited as one of the fathers of Desert Rock . Fatso Jetson incorporate a broad variety of musical influences that includes punk, blues, jazz and rock music. prone to experiment with many musical textures, angular instrumental epics, and bizarre lyrics to create a punk, blues art rock all their own.
In 1995, the group recorded their debut „Stinky Little Gods“ and followed that up in 1997 with „Power of Three“ — both discs appeared on SST Records. The band then teamed up with Bongload Records(Beck) who then released thier third full-length disc, „Toasted“, in 1998. The album produced by Chris Goss (Masters of Reality.Queens of the Stone Age).
The fourth LP was „Flames for All“ in 2000 for Artist Frank Kozik’s Mans Ruin Label . Fatso Jetson also contributed to „The Desert Sessions“ releases that Josh Homme (Kyuss,Queens of the Stone Age) . At these sessions Mario Lalli co-wrote two songs with Homme („You think I aint worth a dollar but I feel like a Millionaire“ and „Monster in the Parosol“) these would eventualy make their way on to the Queens of the Stone Age albums „Rated R“ and „Songs for the Deaf“ It was Homme’s record lable Rekords Rekords that would release the next Fatso album in 2001 „Cruel and Delicious“. For this session the band was joined by Vince Meghrouni (Bazooka, Mike Watt, BellRays) on Sax and harp adding a new dimention to Fatso’s hard to pin sound.
The band continues with this line up in 2010. A Fatso Jetson Live record released on vinyl only available from Cobraside records in 2007 would be the next from the band. A new full length LP „Archaic Volumes“ was released in April 2010 with a european tour to follow including a debut at Holland’s „Road Burn Festival“.