Yomi Ship played to a packed out Jack Rabbit Slims this weekend to celebrate the launch of their new EP ‘Pyramids of Yonaguni’, supported by Tether, Post Depression Makeout Session, and Ah Trees.
Tether started the night off with their heavy brand of alt pop. Supported by the foundation of some very powerful, tight, driving drums, Tether then layers on top some floaty, catchy guitar riffs, with some heavy bass and very solid vocals. Their sound is reminiscent of bands like Evanescence and PVRIS, and they certainly filled the stage with their presence on Saturday night.
Next up were Post Depression Makeout Session with what I can only describe as psychedelic jazz. A truly weird and wonderful blend of music, Post Depression Makeout Session provided mellow vibes and some slow grooves. Alternating between some more traditional guitar and piano stuff into fully synthesised parts, they really pushed forward some cool ideas about how to craft a song. I highly recommend you check them out if you’re a fan of experimental jazz, as they are doing some cool and interesting things.
Ah Trees filled out the third support slot for the gig, and laid down some dreamy new-wave/alt-rock. Ah Trees managed to build up the energy in the venue with their funky rhythm section, made up with driving drum beats and catchy basslines. The floaty reverby guitars brought to mind a Tycho-esque sound, but with charismatic frontman Ryan Adair leading the show it would be impossible to mistake them for anybody else. All too soon however Ah Trees finished their set and we moved on to the main act.
Yomi Ship as always were extremely impressive. With incense burning at the front of the stage, some alternatively trippy/plain weird visuals on the big screen behind them, and of course playing their unique experimental industrial/art rock all combined to create a multi-sense experience that was very much the essence of Yomi Ship. Led by the honestly ludicrous drumming of Nick Osborne which flawlessly navigated complex time signature and tempo changes without even a hint of losing the groove that sustained the songs. His brother Jarred Osborne on guitar created a dreamy soundscape with his very wide range of effects and Jade Champion seamlessly blended it all together with her incredibly talented bass playing.
Yomi Ship’s music traversed its way across lots of genres and whilst obviously taking inspiration from a very wide range of sources, it still all sounds like it belongs together and comes out a very polished and intriguing product that just makes you want to listen more and more. I highly recommend catching Yomi Ship if you can, their live show is something that isn’t to be missed.
‘Pyramids of Yonaguni’ is available on all digital platforms or can be found on their bandcamp if you wish to purchase it.
Reviewer - Gerard Kinsella