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Monday, July 18, 2016

Interview: Yeti On Horseback

In september Yeti On Horseback will release their debut album called The Great Dying. DutchMetalManiac's Henric van Essen already reviewed it here and now he fires some questions at them. Read the interview below.

Hi, how are you doing? Thanks for giving us the opportunity to get to know Yeti On Horseback and the people that are Yeti On Horseback.

Doing well, thanks for taking an interest in the band.

You have picked an unusual name, what is the story behind it?

It’s funny the name is so polarizing. Some people like it, some don’t. Some find it unusual, some find it fits perfect. When we were first choosing a name it was a struggle. Too many cooks in the kitchen so to speak. We spent countless hours trying to come up with the name to end all names. But when you are over 50 years into band names a lot are off the table. So after much debate a close friend of the band said “how about Yeti On Horseback?” and that was it. It had heavy imagery and it caused debate amongst the group. So then and there, I knew we had to use it.

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and the other members and maybe a little something about the history of the band?

We like to remain as inhuman as possible. We are Yeti On Horseback and we CRUSH. KILL.DESTROY. Our music is the soundtrack to the End of life.

You count Satan as one of your band members. What exactly is his role in Yeti On Horseback and/or what does he represent?

Satan represents freedom from the flock. Embrace yourself and your passions; don't feel like you are out of place for liking something. We are all out of place and no one truly matters.

Congratulations on your debut album, The Great Dying. I think it’s an impressive piece of work in which you have managed to create an unnerving atmosphere that greatly contributes to the overall experience. I understand your music more or less represents your view on the world and the human existence, providing plenty of, mostly negative, sources of inspiration. Who translate(s) this inspiration into songs and how does that process take place?

Thanks so much, means a lot to have people not only understand what we set out to do, but respect it as well. R.P is our front man. He’s a true front man as he writes all the lyrics, does vocals as well as provides foundation for the songs to be built upon. He identifies with the misery and negativity on this human planet. The band as a whole shares these views. That, partnered with being great musicians makes for a dominant band that looks to conquer.

When listening to The Great Dying there is no way to not feel the anger and, to some extent, despair in both the music and the lyrics. Is your perception of our world and its inhabitants really that dark and grim? And what, if any, is the message behind your music?

It’s hard to not look at the world as it truly is. We are really only animals that have become “domesticated”. We all want to take and take until the world is but a shell of death and decay. We don’t have a message. Perception is in the ear of the beholder. If we did have a message it would be skewed by personal interpretation.

I described part of the guitar work and the female vocals (Who, if you don’t mind me asking, is she? Does she even exist?) on Elephant Man as a shimmer of hope, because that’s how it felt. Are those relatively light aspects of the song intentional?

They are intentional; it’s a reflection of life. We have all given hope only to have it snatched away with our eventual death and non-existence. As humans we learn at a young age this won't last. But from a music standpoint there are only so many dynamics we have in our artillery. So, we try to utilize them effectively even methodically. The beautiful voice you hear on Elephant Man belongs to JoJo Worthington. She is real, real talented. As soon as we heard her voice and the timbre of it we knew she was the one.

Now that you soon release your debut full-length and found a new drummer, do you have plans to go on tour? And if so, where would you like to play? Please say Holland…

We would love nothing more than that. And we would love to come to Holland. That being said we are somewhat shackled to our human responsibilities. In this day and age we are fortunate to have our music travel far and wide. These carcasses we live in can only go so far. But never say never. Time is a man made tool. So who knows?

I know this one might be way too early, but I’m going to ask it anyway: Are you working on new material already?

We are and we will always continue to put our thoughts and emotions to music. We have 3 new songs that are done. We have played one live and another we will play very soon. Making music will always be a part of our existence. We would like to enter the studio soon as our debut did take some time. We know we have a loyal following and it’s the least we can do.

What are your plans when it comes to the future of Yeti On Horseback?

“ The future's uncertain, and the end is always near”

Many thanks for the interview. Is there anything left you would like to share with our readers?


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