FAME Review: Way Yes -Herringbone
Way Yes - Herringbone


Way Yes

Available digitally from Way Yes's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Info on these cracked budding genius gents is way difficult to find, but, so far as I can determine, they're a trio and practically unknown. Crash Avenue PR, which is honing a damned sharp ear for the offbeat, picked 'em up, and Herringbone is an EP that'll knock your socks off, but not in any power chord, shriek and cuss, strip to the buff kinda fashion—rather in a charmingly melodious mode that will make everyone scratch their heads, combing memory for where they heard the songs before: Sesame Street? H.R. Puffinstuff? Fraggle Rock? The Wombles?

The answer, however, is: nowhere. Way Yes just has this fascinating freshness coupled with uncomplicated sophistication in a sound that floats right in your ears and directly to the pleasure centers of the cerebral cortex. In fact, choose any double adjective: wonderfully loopy, absorbingly childlike, arrestingly unpretentious, or what-have-you because the small ensemble harks back to the Buggles, 10CC, Primus on a happy-happy-joy-joy soma kick, Durutti Column regressing to Montessori grade school, the Lollipop Guild (Wizard of Oz), that kind of thing. More aptly, though, this is music a la the brilliant Patrick & Eugene duo (here), uncategorizable but impossible to pass by. Like P&E, Way Yes needs and deserves to be hustled into a really good studio because we're talking top drawer material here.

Flip over to YouTube and you can glom videos of the guyz live in Spicy Ice Cream/Plastic Crystal Skull Spoons, both of which are on the EP, and Shutter Island (), which isn't, presented from some bar somewhere between here and Wonkaland. Every time I wonder if EPs are worth the hassle to critique, I get something like this and embarrass myself drooling.

Track List:

  • Cinnamon
  • Johanna
  • Spivy Ice Cream
  • Plastic Crystal Skull Spoons
  • Drus
  • Color Blind

Edited by: David N. Pyles


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