Nol, lead singer from The Late Yetis shares with me the secret of their mysterious band name, their influences, day time jobs and the bands love for retro anime.
Where did the band name come from?
The name of the band – inspired by music from the late 80’s, rap, pop- we didn’t want to be too obvious so we named it on the cool magical, mysterious yetis.
So do you believe in yetis?
We love mysticism, folklore so yes.
The new EP gives resembles American music like Nickleback, Nirvana – what are your influences?
Myself and Rob grew up in 90’s and had Depeche Mode, Smiths, Morrisey around us and the best of hip hop. The other two members were brought up on Blink 182. Between us we like to mix it up and not conform to one formula.
Who are the band?
- Nol is the musician, originally from Brunei and does martial arts, they write collectively. Nol makes the skeleton but they work together bringing the organs and soul together.
- Rhys Wiliams grew up in Libya, a synth player who directed and produced the last video and has suggested animating versions of the band and they have discussed making a Daft Punk-esque video.
- David Bell, the bass player, originally from Malaysia is the manager of a restaurant and the biggest DBZ fan and very family orientated.
- Jake the drummer also runs a music promotion company called Anivian and is currently organising the release of the EP / Twitter/ Soundcloud/ Bandcamp.
- Rob the guitarist’s forte, apart from making music, is a great cook; butcher by day and musician by night. He does pop up restaurants here and there. He’s just great!
Via word of mouth they get heard and offered gigs to perform at. They have followed the Camden circuit, East London, North West. They want to build a music career together and ultimately play music for a living. They are prepared to work hard and make it to performing full time.
Previously you released an album before the EP, shouldn’t it be the other way around?
We had two different members back then. Our former drummer produced it and went to Brunei. Jake took over after. The second attempt is a lot darker rather than pop-py. The first album like most was; fresh, excited, happy go lucky and then the EP had happened after a long journey. Some of the members were going through a rough time and music reflected it.
Musically started from Goku to Super Saiyan.
Wait you watch anime?
Brought up on retro classics like Fist of The North star and Vampire Hunter D and the elephant in the room Akira. I even subscribed to a computer video game magazine which sent me a Manga membership card.
Have you thought of doing Soundtracks for anime/ video games?
We would love to look into this sort of avenues as for myself and Dave Bell ( a huge Dragon Ball Z fan) our childhoods were filled with anime and we still play video games when we have the time. Also Rhys has toyed with the idea of making animated avatars for the band members.
Working on any future projects?
I will think of ideas, save them to my phone, and always brainstorm them with the boys. This is down to different influences from the band,we all listen to all genres of music alongside rock.
Looking at underground music becoming commercial like Muse, how do you feel about this stigma on bands?
I feel they got better, got more noticed, and then they progressed. 10-15 years ago you wrote stuff, you would look back now and wonder ‘Why did i write that?’ Matt Bellamy is a genius using classical music and rock with bits of electro, and very good at conducting it.
Any last thoughts?
Thank you to Andy from Steaming Kettle being an old friend from school, for supporting us.
Buy their new EP from itunes.
Watch The Late Yeti’s latest video Blood Driven here below.