In 2012, Jake Pinto graduated from a private university with a degree in music, thousands of dollars in debt and an ample angst for the injustices of the world. He formed the The YeahTones together with Doug Berns on Bass, Dillon Treacy on Drums and longtime collaborator Michael Harlen on lead guitar.
Taking inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Jack White the band brings honest, in your face intensity with a late-night-in-the-garage-rock aggression to anyone who has ever been pushed down and has pushed back. Currently working towards the release of their album “Eviction Notice”, The YeahTones have released two singles, “What Could I Do” and “Find My Baby”.
The YeahTones is a tumultuous 4-piece pummeling titan, equal parts Classic and Psychedelic rock, tinged with a jam band attitude. They are hungry, musically brash and fluent at hardcore riffs. A monstrous production from start to finish, the slower “What Could I Do”, is the more impactful of the two songs, in my book.
On it, the band defines what it means to fire on all cylinders. Jake Pinto leads the charge with vocals that are truly top-notch, as he delivers an empowering and inspiring performance that engraves itself onto the listener’s frontal lobe after only one listen.
And he is backed up by more than ample musical propulsion, by his own industrial-strength guitar to Doug Berns’ steady bass work, and Dillon Treacy’s always organic-sounding drum fills. The end result is a heavy and meaty, driving rock effort from The YeahTones, and a portentous indicator as to what the rest of the upcoming album is going to sound like.
“Find My Baby” is driven by surprisingly brisk, chainsaw-fast riffing and buzzing underlying bass grumbles, while Pinto wails: “But I don’t know what to do, if I can’t be with you.” Drummers Jamie Eblen and Mike Harlen bring a tight sound to the fold here.
It’s the perfect upbeat song that you need to be putting on when you crave something that truly rocks without any pretensions or frills. The YeahTones certainly prove to be crafting a sonically compelling and rhythmically energetic album.
So whether opting for maximum aggression or pulling back on the reigns a bit and dropping in an infectious melody, you would be hard-pressed to find a single moment of weakness in what in these two songs. Hence, The YeahTones ought to be deemed as an absolutely essential listen for rock music connoisseurs with just a slight craving for a psychedelic edge.