LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
Yanomamo: Yanomamo formed in late 2011 via a shared love of huge, dirty riffs, feedback & B-grade horror movies to unleash the sounds in their collective heads.
The band have toured Australia extensively over the last 9 years playing shows with the likes of Conan (UK), Black Cobra (US), Jucifer (US), Kylesa (US), Monarch (Fra).
After line-up changes which saw Jack Thomas & Scott Tabone join the band on drums & vocals respectively, the band released the full-length album ‘Neither Man nor Beast’.
The album containing 8 monstrous tracks of pure sludge ridden doom was recorded at Frank St Studios in Sydney & was mastered by Dav Byrne at Iridium Audio in Melbourne. It was released in October 2017 on Iommium Records and is available on vinyl, cd & digital formats.
Recently, the band hit the studio to record their next release entitled No Sympathy for a Rat, which will be released mid-2020. The new music was recorded & mixed by Adrian Griffin & was mastered in New York by the legendary Alan Douches at Westside Mastering. The result is huge & captures the band at their brutal, crushing best.
The Yanomamo live show is a crushing experience that suffocates the audience with brutal, bottom-end-heavy riffs, volume & groove.
Jason Higson: Guitar
Clarence Wandren Albatross: Bass
Jack Thomas: Drums
Scott Tabone: Vocals
LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?
Yanomamo: We’ve been very lucky here in Sydney, Australia. We started playing shows again in September after about a 6 month break due to COVID19. The shows are seated & with limited capacity, but it’s still awesome. It’s different for us as we are not full-time musicians, we all have day jobs, so the financial impact from not playing shows has not been an issue. However, the venues & promotors have been greatly impacted.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
Yanomamo: Yeah, to a certain degree … we’ve all had more time to play our instruments & write new songs & riffs etc for future releases. But not being able to jam has been the biggest thing.
LOMM: Modern sounds are my thing J How about you? What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?
Yanomamo: Personally, I’m more of a retro kind of guy. I love the sounds, tones & overall vibe of 70’s rock. The style of music we play that we call SLUDGERIDDENDOOM is heavily rooted in that. I didn’t choose this genre, it chose me … when I play guitar these are the sounds & style that comes out, so it’s totally organic.
LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Yanomamo: We were all really into 70s horror movies & big sludgy riffs … we all came from bands that were in similar but different sub-genres … traditional doom, psych/stoner rock, heavy doom etc … from the first jam we knew we were onto something cool, so we kept at it … almost 10 years later, here we are …
LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?
Yanomamo: We are extremely happy with our latest EP, No Sympathy for a Rat. With each release we have progressed both as a band & sound-wise. I think we really nailed capturing the live sound of the band for the first time. Adrian Griffin did a fantastic job recording us & capturing our vibe. We always look to improve with each release.
LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
Yanomamo: Really, really positive. We recently signed with Blighttown records which will see a 10″ vinyl version being released before Xmas 2020. The 4 shows we have played sine lockdown ended have all been sold out, so we are feeling good.
LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Yanomamo: We done loads of tours around Australia & more live shows than we can count … It was tough not being able to play shows during lockdown but it was necessary. Its great to be back though …
LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Yanomamo: We’ll continue to do what we do … when its no longer fun, then we’ll stop. We’d love to tour Japan & New Zealand in the future … we are open to offers!
LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Yanomamo: Most of our songs are have a misanthropic vibe to them … there are different sub-themes, but they are all misanthropic in nature. We write about things that interest us or impact us. Scott, Jack & I have all written lyrics in the past.
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Yanomamo: The road for sure … the studio is fun too, but playing live shows is what we exist for.
LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
Yanomamo: It’s a mixed bag … sometimes full songs are presented & other times we have rough ideas that we turn into songs via jamming.
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Yanomamo: Sabbath, Bongzilla, Church of Misery, Thin Lizzy, Earth, Electric Wizard
LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Yanomamo: We create what we create … we don’t do it to cater to anybody.
LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Yanomamo: Being in the same band for almost 10 years & counting.
LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
Yanomamo: We thank you all for your support!