The Orlando based progressive post-hardcore five-piece outfit I Met A Yeti experiments with newer themes and concepts such as, Yu-Gi-OH and love to express what their new album ‘Camp Yeti’ is all about. The interview consists of
- Daisy Chamberlin – Vocals
- Luis Anthony – Bass
- Anthony Gonzalez – Guitar
Where did you guys come up with the name ‘I Met A Yeti’ and what were your influences to write your recent record ‘Camp Yeti’?
DC: The band name was derived from We Are the Cavalry’s song, “I Met the Prettiest Yeti at the Shittiest Getti” back in 2014. After we released our 2016 EP, we rekindled as a new line up and crafted Camp Yeti. Progressive rock continues to evolve, bringing in a variety of influences. We’ve been called “Shreddy Pop Metal” by The Math Rock Times.
Also, very cool to see that you guys recently announced a good size tour with Adventurer taking off in January! Are there any cities being hit that you haven’t been there before? And anything else planned for the new year?
DC: This will be our 2nd tour. Every city we are playing is a new one excluding Denton, TX. We played there in October as a part of Plus Fest. We’re stoked for the tour, and to play so many new cities. We’re working on writing new music and booking future dates in 2020 as well.
I’ve been jamming ‘Cherry Blossom’ lately and it blows other recent material out of the water. I definitely get a 2007 Dance Gavin Dance groove vibe along with a slight Broadway vocal style. Did either of those bands inspire you guys for the making of the new record?
AG: We really appreciate it! Cherry Blossom was one of the hardest songs to write but the most rewarding. We definitely grew up listening to those bands but compositionally this record was more of a love letter to The Fall of Troy.
It looks like the record has had some great reviews so far. Hopefully no criticism that will be taken to the grave?
DC: All the kind words written about the EP have been truly motivating and affirming. We really appreciate that people have taken the time to write about our music.
LA: Everyone is entitled to their opinion upon first listen. If no one had criticism we wouldn’t be pushing boundaries. We’ve received some constructive criticism and took it gratefully into the music we are writing currently.
Now how about progression? Do you guys feel like you’ve moved forward with this release? If so, in what ways?
DC: Between I Can Still See You and Camp Yeti we grew quite a bit. Along with line up changes, we worked really hard to have a more solid vision for this EP. We’ve all grown a lot since we recorded Camp Yeti, as well. All of us are more proficient with our own instruments and we have also gotten a lot better at writing songs collaboratively. We’re expanding our song writing as well, to integrate more methods and work flows.
LA: I think it’s cool how we’re trying new ways to write songs. With the older EP we use to jam everything out but now we’re writing in many different ways. Everyone is more involved these days and it’s been a lot of fun grabbing ideas from each other and finding a middle ground on sections in songs. With the new line up more solidified it’s only getting easier moving along with the process.
Seems like the new line up is a key factor to the change and development of the band? Who is new to the project?
LA: Ricardo is the newest member joining on guitar. We met him in the local scene in a band called Nundayo a few years ago.
Any underlying themes within the new EP? I noticed the hint in Yu-Gi-Oh in your recent music video!
DC: Hey thanks for asking! There’s a fair amount of work I put into the concept and I appreciate any interest in it. The intro track lays out the themes within its name, “Magic, Madness, and Sadness”. I used the idea of magic rituals a lot on this EP. The first 2 songs are about a love spell decaying, eventually breaking. Both songs have Adventure Time references in their names. “Blue-Eyes White Yeti” plays with rituals being a means to self-discovery. The music video references The Three Kings ritual. Cherry Blossom has a pretty obvious One Piece reference in the lyrics where I mention the island Raftel, but I also had the Drum Island arc of that anime in mind. In that story there’s a character who wants to bring cherry blossoms to a winter island to cure a sickness in the hearts of its people. If you’re familiar with the story the lyrics are essentially saying “I can’t be your magic medicine, your cure all drug”.
Alright. Last question whose room was it in the music video and what was the inspiration?
DC: Thanks so much for the interview. It’s been a pleasure. The music video was shot in a room of my mom’s house that I used to live in. It mainly functioned as a home studio while I lived there, but it had been vacant for a year or so before we shot the video. The forest locations were shot just down the road from her house as well. The video is about gender dysphoria and being transgender. I had an experience while writing Blue-Eyes White Yeti that helped me come to terms with needing to transition. The video is very much about that experience. We also delve into the Three Kings Ritual and use it as a metaphor for discovering the person you need to become.
You can find I Met A Yeti’s music video for ‘Blue-Eyes White Yeti’ and official audio for ‘Cherry Blossom’ featuring Makari’s Andy Cizek.
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Interview conducted on November 27th, 2019 by Austin Zlotecki.
Photo by @Brownmetal