With a name like the Dreadful Yawns, there’s plenty open to interpretation. What is a Dreadful Yawn? Is it when a yawn sneaks up on you in the middle of boring conversation? Or in that moment during a date when she starts endlessly yawning, and you’re confronted with the fact that you’re not getting lucky tonight?
In order to embrace the meaning of the Dreadful Yawns, it’s important to start at the band’s roots. The Cleveland-based band is a collection of four musicians who wear their
There are a handful of influences on The Dreadful Yawns that seem nothing like the members’ self-described love of the Byrds. This album attempts to touch on Yo La Tengo’s softer moments and incorporate the Grateful Dead’s more
Unfortunately, the album leans heavier on the background-music side of the spectrum than the more noble roots side. Few things on The Dreadful Yawns left me eager to learn more about the meaning of the band. Instead, I was left with a better understanding of how inappropriate it can be to yawn in the middle of polite conversation. It’s not that what’s being said is dreadfully boring; it’s just that there’s nothing enlightening about the message or how it’s being said.
“Get Yourself Back Home” MP3: http://www.bomp.com/DYawns_Yourselfback.mp3
The Dreadful Yawns Web site (with audio samples): http://www.dreadfulyawns.com/
Bomp Web site: http://www.bomp.com/