With the songs "Hop Scotch Mark", "Rock Star", "Jacket" and
"Stars and Bars".
Walter Simpkins-Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, etc.
Dave Jackson-Drums, Vocals, Bass, Guitar, etc.
Butch Lazorchak-Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Drums, etc.
This is the first (and only) "real" recorded work from this
Blacksburg three piece. Recorded over a period of six months
in their practice space, the band picked out the best songs
and touched them up with some 4 track work. Lots of guitar wanking,
bass pummeling and drum bashing, with quite lovely songs working
their way through the lo-tech atmosphere.
Formed originally out of the ashes of Blacksburg, VA's late,
lamented Milk Badger, Yak! went through
several drummers, a shortwave player, banjos, glockenspiels
and a brick wall before settling on their 'classic' lineup late
in 1994. All three were equally adept at drums, bass and guitar,
so they often switched around during shows, allowing each to
take over the spotlight and showcase their own particular writing
styles. The band got compared to a lot of different people (Yo
La Tengo, the Jam, Firehose, the Byrds, Sonic Youth, Pavement,
Ditch Croaker and Deep Purple are some of the many that came
up) , which may imply that they had something of their own going
on, or that they stole readily and skillfully. During their
lifespan they attracted plenty of good company, having shared
stages with Versus, Polvo, Rodan, Kicking Giant, Spatula, Joby's
Opinion, Fudge, Minerva Strain, Rake, Motocaster and many others.
The band parted ways in early 1997.
Mastered by Don Van Gordon at Executive Mastering