For anyone on the lookout for some 90s-inspired grunge rock, Yaramiso is here to scratch that considerable itch. Fuzzy guitars and splashy drums that drive home roaring choruses, this three-piece will speak to your maroon velvet jacket-wearing, Nirvana record-loving teenage self.
Bang On Team: Tell us a little about your band.
Yaramiso: Yaramiso is a three piece, melodic grunge/rock/whatever band. We play what we want to hear, which is mostly pop-melodies drowning in guitar noise reminiscent of late 80s, early 90s “underground” rock music. We take the creative process pretty seriously, but not ourselves.
BOT: Why did you start to make music?
Y: Probably all of us started playing/singing for a myriad of reasons. Things like family, friends, and small rebellions against perceived mediocrity of peers. Being given weird-ass mix-tapes of obscure artists at a young age was also an inspiration to start playing. Heroes and villains of the rock n’ roll world a have huge influence over a kid thats interested in that world. Even before knowing about the personal politics of bands, I remember having strong feelings like “I know I wanna play music like Bikini-Kill, L7 and the Breeders, and I know I that I don’t want to make music like Guns n’ Roses and Mötley Crüe”.
BOT: What’s been your best moment as a band so far?
Y: Single moments are hard to pin down… But it feels great every time we play a new song live. The process of refining something in private and then throwing it under the dingy stage lights is wonderful. We’re not ancient, but we’re also not young kids anymore and this kinda shit often dies in a lot of people after their teens... I think it is fucking awesome to still feel passionate about expressing yourself through music. It makes every time we practice or play a show kinda special and somehow make sense.
BOT: Who are three bands everyone should listen to right now?
AWA (African Women Arise) cos she’s easily one of the best live acts around Berlin. Padkarosda (too-much-chorus-pedal punk rock from Hungary). Royal Headache (cos they just broke up, morn the loss)...... And Nirvana.
BOT: How do you prepare for a gig?
Y: Usually have a really tough week of existential crisis, narrowly avoid some kinda complete emotional breakdown, meet with bandmates who are also shaking from stress, and then use the show as a therapy session.
BOT: What can people look forward to about your set?
Y: See above... But also angsty, melodic female and male vocals swimming in guitar fuzz polluted by loud-as-shit drums to make catchy songs that never last longer that two and a half minutes (promise).
BOT: Finish the sentence. If I wasn’t making music I would…
Y: ... be quite unwell.