Under the Scope: Yip-Yip
Spawned at the beginning 2001, Yip-Yip is the brainchild of Brian Esser and Jason Temple, two Floridians with a row of keyboards, a drum machine, a variety of digital manipulators, and a wonderfully twisted sense of the electronic world. Unleashing a fury of self released CD-r's right out of the gate, this duo has been quietly building a loyal following and a strong back catalog. Playing something in the neighborhood of 200 shows nationwide, Yip-Yip is poised to become the cult favorite that their on-stage costumes would imply.
Wrapped up like mummies, the duo hover over their keyboards, creating the closest representation of analog techno the world may ever see. With In The Reptile House, the guys newest release, Esser and Temple have put forth their most accessible album to date. With an experimental ear, the guys take on the 4-on-the-floor world of Detroit area beats. Constructed in their trademark 2-minute blasts of energy, the guys have seemed to evolve into furious dance-masters. Instead of letting the noise and nashing of sound over take each track, the songs are beat centered and flow effortlessly along as if it were some 19 year old at a rave… on E.
Sharing bills with anyone from The Locust to The Gossip to Animal Collective, it's only a matter of time before everyone has had an eyeful of these costume-wearing madmen behind the keys. Continuing to record their music in their bedrooms has helped to keep their laboratory like experiments raw and fresh. Even with an effort as accessible as In The Reptile House, the duo retain this basement quality that keeps the punk kids interested and perks up the ears of the usually slick-production-listening techno jocky.
Manipulating basic Rumba beats into some sort of synth-punk cornucopia of sounds, Yip-Yip have worked their lo-fi magic right into the fabric of the underground scene in the south. Now it's just a matter of time before the rest of the country catches on.
(2001)1 - CD-r - Self Released
(2002)Skills - CD-r - Self Released
(2003)High Heel To Mammal EP - CD-r - Self Released
(2004)Pro-Twelve Thinker - Cd-r - Self Released
(2005)Pro-Twelve Thinker - CD/LP - SAF Records
(2005)Munch Much Mush - Split 7" W/2Up - SAF Records
(2005)Candy Dinner Single - Mini-Cd-r/Zine - Self-Release
(2006)In the Reptile House - CD - SAF Records
Yip-Yip - Slime Shuns Sun Shine - MP3
Yip-Yip - 24 Tubes - MP3
- Jake Haselman | 2006-08-10
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