I’ll be honest, I didn’t know a whole lot about The Yours when I reached out to them for an interview. All I knew at that point is they had managed to blow my mind. There I was just listening to Hype Machine at my desk and “BAM!” the song Bad JuJu burst out of my cheap plastic desk speakers (thanks to fellow bloggers Don’t Need No Melody).
What a glorious noise! Catchy as hell, full of energy, with a wall of guitars – an outright sonic assault. With a little digging I was on soon their Soundcloud site and that was it, down the rabbit hole I went.
A bit of background – formed in Hong Kong in 2006 – they’ve released three brilliant records in those 9 years, an EP – Abraham (2006), and two full-lengths The Way We Were (2012) and Teenagarten (2014). The diversity of each record is impressive – Abraham has an 80s post-punk feel; The Way We Were is infused with the noise rock sounds of the early 90s (Sonic Youth/Smashing Pumpkins come to mind), and Teenagarten sounds like Hüsker Dü playing Jesus and Mary Chain covers in the garage.
One thing is prevalent throughout each record is the wall of guitars and an obvious focus on song craft. Noise rock, shoegaze, post-punk, whatever – The Yours is just an outstanding rock and roll band.
Jack Leung (Vocals, Guitar), Nic Wong (Vocals, Guitar) and Tim Ng (Guitar)
People say we sound like….
“noise rock”.. and some say “shoegaze”, we don’t quite agree with the latter though, back then we listened to a lot of shoegaze so we can see where that comparison comes from, right now we sound nothing like shoegaze but somehow people still say we’re a shoegaze band. That’s pretty interesting to us, perhaps it’s in our roots but we just don’t notice it ourselves.
We are originally from…..
We were all born and raised in Hong Kong
How did you become The Yours and what’s with the name?
We came up with it randomly when we started the band and have been using it ever since. It really doesn’t have a specific meaning, we’re just used to this name. We actually thought about changing it but couldn’t come up with a good one so we just stick with it.
What music has had an influence on your sound?
The late 80s, early 90s american alternative scene has always been our biggest influence.
What’s the most difficult part of being in a band?
The most difficult part is being able to maintain the relationship and grow together. I think that happens to almost every single band and we are no exception.
Tell us about the scene in Hong Kong.
We wish there’d be more venues in Hong Kong, other than that we don’t have much to say about the scene in Hong Kong.
How does the city’s musical history, or landscape influence your sound?
Hong Kong is incredibly diverse in terms of cultural influences, and we’re naturally influenced by the cultural identify of the city.
What influences the band lyrically?
We always have the music first then the lyrics. The inspiration of our music is always from our personal lives, so the lyrics just correspond to the emotion of the music, if that makes any sense.
Our most memorable gig ever was….
We’ve too many good ones to remember, but also a lot of bad ones to forget
if we have to pick one it’s gotta be last year when we were playing in Beijing, touring for the release of “Teenagarten”, we can’t remember what was going on exactly but the energy of the gig was so high that it’s literally suffocating, like we could feel it physically! We had never experienced that before!
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
1991 hands down if you look at the releases that year, it was an exciting year. and being in 1991 means you could basically enjoy the whole 1990s from the beginning.
Growing up, at home we listened to…..
Growing up we were into different kinds of music, but we all liked Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine back in the day
What tunes are currently on heavy rotation for you…
Lately we’re totally in love with the early John Peel session of Cut by The Slit. We think it’s so much better than the studio version.
And we also can’t stop repeating “Work it” by Missy Elliot, and “Plight” by Minutemen
If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?
We’re very fortunate that we’ve had the opportunities to open for bands that we really love, say The Jesus and Mary Chain and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth, they’re like our absolute favourites so right now if you ask me..we really can’t think of any band to top that…
If you could only bring ONE record (you can all answer if you like) in the tour van what would it be?
This is a super tough question, but if we could only bring one…then that’d be “Crooked rain, Crooked Rain” by Pavement. It’s the record that we played the most when we’re on tour! Guess this is the most logical answer that we can come up with..
it’s a classic record that everyone loves. It’s got great hooks and beautiful melodies that everyone on the van could sing along, it just feels right
When you’re not playing and have some time off, where could we find you…
We all have day jobs so we don’t have much time when we’re not playing. But the good thing is we’re playing all the time!
The one thing we want you to remember while you’re listening to our music….
The emotions, the last thing we want you to remember is whether the guitar is out of tune or not
What’s up for 2015/2016?
We’re releasing an album, perhaps later this year or early 2016. We’ve released a few demos in recent months. Go check out our Soundcloud!