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Yell Leaders

Hales Corners, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE

Hales Corners, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE
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"Luna Kafé record review"

The Yell Leaders
Noxajoy
Box Office Poison

This is the third album from the Milwaukee trio. It's an album of smooth pop-rock-soul that didn't quite turn me on at first. It just passed by and I had to postpone the review till the next full moon. By now I've listened extensively to Noxajoy and some of the songs stand out. But most of the 14 tracks of the album still wander pleasantly but anonymously by. I would've preferred some rougher edges and hooks. The band members themselves state their music as "chock full of soul stirring, quirky, melodious pop/rock craftsmanship, in the vein of Del Amitri, XTC, Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Rolling Stones, and even Fleetwood Mac". You might add small drops of The Who, Steely Dan, Dire Straits, Sonic Youth and a host others too. But the melodies generally sound weaker than the mentioned bands tended to offer in their best hours. For me the songs probably would've been easier to embrace if I'd had the lyrics in front of me while listening. But they're neither printed in the booklet, nor present on the Leaders home page. "Beyond Repair" is the ultimate favourite of the album with distorted lead vocals and instruments combined with pretty harmony vocals. Great contrasts! "Woodward Avenue" has some of the same qualities to lesser extent. The few songs with Mary Brown on lead vocals add more personality that a few other songs lack. And look out for the hidden bonus track at the end.

Noxajoy is pleasant all right, like the landscapes pictured on the cover. In a way it sums up parts of popular music history with loads of references. More yells from the Leaders next time, and my cheers will be louder.

Copyright © 2002 JP - Luna Kafé


"Unsigned but unworried, Yell Leaders have a new album out"

By DAVE TIANEN
Journal Sentinel
Posted: Jan. 11, 2002

The Yell Leaders have shrunk from a quartet to a trio, but they're still making plenty of noise.

The veteran Milwaukee pop-rock outfit is bringing out a new album called "Noxajoy," but the band has no major release party plans and has cut back substantially on its live shows.

"We're pretty much of a recording unit rather than road dogs," says guitarist and lead singer Joe Vent. "People think if you're not 19 and on the road constantly you're not legitimate, but I don't think you even need to do that anymore. With the Internet, we're doing better than ever."

Ironically, bassist Paul Biemann left the band because, Vent says, "He just didn't want to do the club drudgery anymore."

Consequently, when the Yell Leaders play out these days it's Vent on vocals and guitar, Mary Brown on vocals and guitar and Bobby Tanzilo on drums. Brian Wooldridge has been filling in on bass.

Back in 1998, VH1 cited the Yell Leaders as the best unsigned band in the Midwest. Four years later, the group is still unsigned, but the musicians don't seem to have the same sense of urgency about it anymore. Through the Internet, they've found a market that includes sales overseas on a sufficient scale to make their previous record, "Cornelia Street," a profitable venture.

"We did good," Vent says. "It helped pay for this one. We wouldn't shy away from anybody who wants to give us a lot of money, but it's not like five years ago where people felt they really needed a record label."

In the past, the Yell Leaders got one of their songs on the TV show "Party of Five" and another on an MTV movie called "Beach House." That's an avenue they're pursuing again. The band is sending out 200 copies of "Noxajoy" to studio programmers with hopes of getting a slot on another movie project.

Although a number of the tracks on the album started as at-home projects, all of the final mixing and polishing was done locally at Walls Have Ears. The songwriting has been largely a collaborative effort between Vent and Tanzilo.

Various listeners have compared the Yell Leaders to Fleetwood Mac, Squeeze and Elvis Costello.

Vent expects "Noxajoy" to be widely available in area stores by the end of the month. Till then, he suggests interested fans look for it at www.cdbaby.com, an online CD store for independent music. - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Discography

"It Can Be Done" and “The Power Is Yours” on Redskins tribute CD (2004)

"Needle Exchange (Blue Ink)" on OMCD_0.10 Milwaukee Summer Music Sampler OnMilwaukee.com CD 2005

"The Power is Yours" on A Flame That Can't Be Dimmed (Redskins tribute) 10" 45 Red Star Recordings, UK 2004

"Take Me I'm Yours" on AMCT 5 (Cheap Trick tribute) Push Button Gadget CD 2002

"Julia" CD single 2002

Noxajoy CD 2002

Cornelia Street CD 1999

"I Wish I Were Blind" EMI/Capitol/Right Stuff CD & 7" 45 1997

Up for Steam CD 1996

"One Who Went Crazy" on Made in Wisconsin CD 1996

"What Life Brings" on Emergency On Mother Earth CD 1994

"Church of the Poison Mind" on Gag Me With A Spoon: Don't Records Celebrates the 1980s CD 1994

"As Long As You Love Me" on Tempted Bugler CD 1993

Thursday CD 1993

"Not Just A Woman" / "Change My Poetry" 7" 45 1992

"I'm Troubled" / "Everyone Is Happy" 7" 45 1992

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The Yell Leaders have 100's of recorded songs, snippets and instrumentals which cover a wide swath of the genre of pop. We've had numerous placements in TV, film and theater uses....which has become our main focus.