Planning a Yamn good time in Breckenridge
Ryan Summerlin April 13, 2013
Yamn was birthed in Breckenridge, crawling out of its Tenmile womb in 2007 to the delight of ski crowds and becoming a regular fixture at New Year’s Eve and Closing Day parties.
“Summit’s like home,” said David “Dewey” Duart, bassist and vocalist for Yamn. “I lived in Summit County from 2003 to 2006, and then two of the other band members and the lighting designer all worked for the mountain up there. We built a fan base from living up there and then hitting the road and coming home and playing packed houses. It’s always been our favorite spot.”
Since those early days in Breck, Yamn’s sound has progressed.
“Yamn plays everything from hard rock to electronic music to bluegrass, at times,” Dewey said. “But these days, it’s more of a mix between electronica and hard rock, with influences from the jam scene, from Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Umphrey’s McGee, to Led Zeppelin and classic rock and all of that.”
This evolution in Yamn’s musical focus will be obvious on its new album, which Dewey said the band is recording now and will hopefully release sometime in September.
“We picked up a new keyboard player last summer, rehearsed during the summer and fall and started playing shows early winter this year,” he said. “This is our seventh show since we’ve been back, so we are in the early stages – a lot of new material, reworking old material, redeveloping our band – since we took so much time off from playing shows.”
Yamn took most of 2012 off from touring, Dewey said.
“We were basically rehearsing, working on writing new material, taking a vacation because we were on tour for about five years in a row, doing 100 or 120 shows a year,” he said. “We toured everywhere from Seattle to New York City, so we were pretty beat. Everyone enjoyed a little time off from the road.”
The band added keyboard player Paul Evans during its offseason, and the new album, Yamn’s second, will come back bigger, better and tighter, Dewey said.
“It’s completely different,” Dewey said, comparing the new sound to the old. “This is a lot more instrumental. We have just progressed into live-tronica but kept it organic with rock ‘n’ roll. We’re trying to do a little bit of both, our electronic side and our rock ‘n’ roll side. This time we have more production involved, and we’re better musicians, seeing as it’s been five years since we last recorded an album.”
Yamn plans to whip the audience into a frenzy, hoping for a rowdy mountain show for the hometown crowd.
“There’s a lot of pride for us being able to say we started in Breckenridge,” Dewey said. “That’s where we started making our name in Colorado.”