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High Hopes: The Yawpers

If blues-’n’-roots rock’n’roll with articulate lyrics is your bag, then put some of this band’s in it.

“I guess most rock’n’roll musicians grow up as disaffected, moody youths,” Nate Cook, singer/guitarist with The Yawpers, says with a chuckle. The curly haired 20-something is a chipper interviewee – until the themes of his band’s third LP, American Man, crop up.

“It should have been ‘Western World Man’,” he explains of the album – a countrified ruckus of Lightnin’ Hopkins blues and raw rock’n’roll, with a dash of MC5 punk. “It wasn’t meant to be specifically about Americans. Each song was intended to be a perspective of a different faceless drone in the Western world; a different character in this bland, slowly dying world.”


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