Yammerer – ‘Y Ffves HÆD’


Infectious weirdness from the North West.

‘Y Ffves HÆD’ is the frantic blast of energy that doesn’t let up from Restless Bear Promotion’s Yammerer. JC howls and drawls his lyrics like an extra from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and the guitars bounce off each other like ricochet bullets. This is a lot to wrap your head around, but it’s worth it. Not only is this a brilliant song, but there is a lyrical mysticism that surrounds Yammerer.

They refuse to use social media as “When you go out walking in the fog, you become wet without noticing”. ‘Y Ffves HÆD’ (pronounced ‘Wife’s Head’) is about the “frustration of a communication breakdown”. Fair enough, we’ve all been there. But here is where the genius lies – ‘YVZHD’ is an image that “separates itself from fondness”. So, you have an Albert Camus/Philip K. Dick storyline that is barked at you like a rabid wolf at the moon over angular riffs and musicianship that is born out of one-of-a-kind improvisations.

A lot of bands have been compared to The Fall recently, but Yammerer are the only band that come close to capturing the musical and literary brilliance of Mark E. Smith & Co. ‘Y Ffves HÆD’ is the second single release ahead of their debut EP due later this year. Catch them live and get your ears around these releases – Yammerer are band to be experienced, not simply listened to.

Words by Matthew Brocklehurst