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The best kept secret in music


"GL Top 10"

No girls, three guys - pounding out lotsa sound. And while this guitar-driven power grit, most of the lyrics (laid down by singer/ bassist Baris) convey an air of broken promises and dead end dreams. Baris articulates every word he spits from his lips, and the message is loud 'n' clear: When in doubt, rock out! - Girls Life Magazine


YMI is in the studio recording their long awaited debut album! - Music Monthly


EP - Uninvited Welcome (out of print)
Debut Album - The Otherside

Currently The Otherside is being played on the top 300 CMJ reporting stations. In the first week of the promotion YMI received five TOP 5 CMJ adds and charted in the TOP 30 in two markets.

Samples of the album and a live version of Creepin can be heard on www.ymi3.com/songs.htm


Feeling a bit camera shy



When asked, “What does YMI stand for?” lead singer/bassist Baris Adil grins and says, “Not telling…”

What we do know is YMI is a three-dude hard-edged alt-rock band comprised of these key elements: harmony, melody, rhythm, lyrical content and energy. Citing Hendrix to Morrissey to Van Halen as influences, YMI strives to create a sound that screams originality. The band started to take shape in an early-’90s voc-tech high school in Baltimore, where Baris became tight with guitarist Johnnie Page. The two were YMI, determined to build a following without bending to the cover-band demand local club owners swore by.

By mid-’90, they had released YMI’s first studio EP, Uninvited Welcome, marking the start of a strong local fan base. But, a year later, Johnnie and Baris bitterly parted ways. “I had always envisioned me and Johnnie as musical soul mates, and this tore me apart,” Baris admits. Four years passed before they met up again. “Johnnie approached me at a bar. I had told myself I would never play with him again, but I was missing something in my life.”

And so they resumed fulfilling their high-school rock-band dream. But this time around, they were different. They were focused. They were centered. They had matured. And they meticulously weeded through the hundreds of songs they’d written together. “This was a drawn-out process. We had to find our niche again,” Baris explains.

Johnnie and Baris briefly collaborated with Delaware-based Krome before meeting up with Tony Koch, a drummer who shared YMI’s no-covers philosophy. It all came together at a company bull roast for the Mars grocery store chain, where Johnnie and Tony both worked full-time. Over pit beef and beer, YMI had discovered its missing link. “Tony is fuckin’ awesome,” Baris boasts. “He’s like our socialite. Everyone knows Tony. Tony is an invaluable part of YMI, and I’m so glad we found him.”

YMI has kicked off a buzz that is snowballing on the music scene. The three committed band mates spent their summer in the studio cutting a debut CD The Otherside. It’s release in November 2005 marked the start of a unique sound that would permeate the scene. Along with the help of Space 380 promotions YMI is hitting the college radio market hard and plan to make a jump to commerical radio after a 12 week college campaign.

For up to date info or to check out the Check it out at ymi3.com.