When you know that A Yawn Worth Yelling has shared stages with Saint Motel and Relient K, you’ll likely be able to guess their brand of music: upbeat, youthful, and sun-drenched pop. Pair that guesstimation with A Yawn Worth Yelling’s home base of San Jose, California (in the state’s much-coveted Bay Area), and you’re even more on the money. As tunes like their latest single “Start Somewhere” make clear, these guys know how to capture the summertime vibe with aplomb. Twee uke strums are met by a Spoon-esque guitar riff that’s perfect for long drives along the coast—or, really, anywhere where summer is in the air.
“Start Somewhere” comes from A Yawn Worth Yelling’s forthcoming EP Play Pretend.
A Yawn Worth Yelling says to PopMatters about the single, “‘Start Somewhere’ is the encapsulation of the anxieties of falling in love with somebody against popular opinion. There’s been a lot of tension in today’s popular culture surrounding people of different gender, race, and sexual orientation, and often, those who feel marginalized hesitate to act on how they feel for fear of being even more marginalized. This song traces the yearning of someone who is Othered in society for their significant other to let go of their inhibitions and just fall in love, regardless of what they’ll look like to others. It’s a lot to ask, but they’ve gotta start somewhere.”
Play Pretend EP received substantial funding as the result of a month-long Kickstarter project that ran for the bulk of May, which netted the band $7,500 USD for the making of the release. For more on the band, visit their Facebook page.