What: The Yawpers
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St., Denver, 303-295-1868
We’ve given The Yawpers a lot of love in these pages, and it’s hard not to at the rate they’re blowing up.
Back in November, the band had only been around for three months and already had a deal with Adventure Records and an EP ready for release. In the following three months, the Savage Blue EP has been praised by critics and the band has been cranking its indie Americana all over Boulder, and out around the Midwest.
“You know, it’s been kind of a hurricane ride so far and we’re excited that we’re getting all the opportunities we have and hopefully we can keep the momentum going,” frontman Nate Cook said.
It doesn’t seem like they’ll have any trouble doing that. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy.
This March, they’ll play a couple unofficial parties at the week long Austin festival South By Southwest (SXSW). The word “unofficial” makes it sound sort of weak, but the unofficial showcases are an important part of the SXSW scene, drawing tons of industry bigwigs and new ears for the music. So far, they’re confirmed for two shows and there’s potential for a third. And for Cook, the trip to Austin is especially exciting.
“It should be pretty fun. I’m from right near there and I haven’t been back in probably nine or 10 years,” he said. “It’ll be kind of like a homecoming for me.”
Leading up to the big week, they’ll be busy touring around Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. That includes The Yawpers’ first headlining show at The Walnut Room this Saturday, and an appearance at Frozen Dead Guy Days this weekend in Nederland. They’ll play an after-party type show at the Pioneer Inn when the festival ends.
The Yawpers are also planning to return to the studio later in March to record a full-length album. Rather than taking a break to relax, they want to get straight to the studio while they’re on a roll.
“That’s always the best time to record, right after you beat up that material,” Cook said.
Last thing: In April The Yawpers will take a shot at a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
With somewhere between six and 10 shows on April 21, they’ll take the record for Most Performances in Record Stores on Record Store Day. They’ve registered to make the attempt and so far they’ve scheduled shows in Boulder at Absolute Vinyl and Albums on the Hill, and in Denver at Atomic Records, Black and Read, and Independent Records. The whole thing will be tracked by a film crew, and the band is renting a van to help get fans around.
Clearly we’re not the only ones who can’t ignore The Yawpers. It’s always cool to see a local band blow up, so check them out here in town and see what all the buzz is about.