10.03.2015 — “Purple” by The Yours

The Yours

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Purple” by The Yours (2014, from the “Public Eye” single).

The Yours is a shoegaze/noise rock band from Hong Kong. I don’t know much about them, and I only just learned about them while I was looking for some Japanese shoegaze. These things happen sometimes. You go down a hole in Japan, and you pop out of one in China. But not before making a long side-trip to Estonia.

The Yours got started in 2005 by Jack Leung (guitar/vocals) and Nic Wong (bass/vocals). They released an EP in 2006, then added some players and rotated the lineup a bunch before releasing their debut album The Way We Were in 2012. They’ve added Tim Ng (guitar), and according to their bio, that’s the current lineup. Other members who may or may not be on the current lineup include drummer Nelson Ko and Gwyneth Tang on vocals and guitar. Last year, they released their sophomore album Teenagarten, and followed that with a single for the album track “Public Eye”. Today’s song is the non-album b-side to that single.

I’ve listened to a bunch of the songs on Teenagarten, and there’s usually a strong Sonic Youth vibe. Today’s song has more of a Psychocandy era JAMC vibe.

“Purple” by The Yours

I love how fuzzy the lead guitar is and how bouncy the bass is. And I definitely love how feedback laden and chaotic the last 30 seconds is.

You can buy the “Public Eye” single via Genjing Records here. Or the Teenagarten album via Maybe Mars records here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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