March 17, 2015
“Yeesh’s ‘No Problem’ begins with a plodding start-stop beat accompanied by pulsing bass. Initially the vocalist of this opening song, “Slip,” doesn’t sound particularly thrilled; this is understandable considering he’s singing about his mundane job slinging pizzas, calling the workplace “a death trap with a decent stereo.” A second vocalist adds some backing falsetto “oohs” as the lead singer continues to profess his workplace woes. At exactly the one minute mark, there is an exceptionally long break in the start-stop beat. Just when the listener might think the song is over, the entire band comes crashing in, including the first presence of guitar. When the singer resumes his tale, he’s noticeably more animated. In fact, he’s bellowing. It’s the same meter as the first verse but howled with the conviction of someone who needs to break free. At the two minute mark, the song shifts gears. Suddenly chiming guitars enter the mix and the vocalist that was singing the backing falsetto “oohs” in the first verse takes the lead vocals with a hooky melody about not being able to attend a party. I’m not sure if this is the chorus or the bridge but hot damn is it catchy.
The Chicago-based power trio deliver a highly melodic form of post-hardcore that is noteworthy for supremely strong songwriting. The shifting rhythms, driving bass, dual vocals, and guitar effect textures are all integral to the band’s sound, but what truly makes this record stand out is the catchiness and earnestness of the tunes. I am not sure if the titular figure of the song “Linda Lee” is a nod to the character from the Velvet Underground’s “Cool It Down” or the widow of martial arts master Bruce Lee, or someone else entirely for that matter, but it’s a fucking beautiful song no matter who or what it’s about. After I first received this album, I listened once or twice passively while I was busy with other obligations. When I went to revisit it a week or two later with my undivided attention, I realized that a melody which had been lurking in my head for a few days that I could not place, something that I thought was an old proven classic perhaps from a Sunny Day Real Estate album, was in fact the song “Different Light” from this release. The song is an instant classic; the strength on this song alone could launch Yeesh into a new league. This whole album could turn some heads, there really isn’t a weak track. They are touring to promote ‘No Problem’ heavily this spring, so keep an eye out for these guys. Watch them rise.”
-Peter Cook, Already Dead Tapes, 2015
12″ vinyl LP
Edition of 300
Illustration: George Davis Cathcart
Design: Joshua Tabbia