Interview: Introducing Yard Arms

Yard Arms are a duo from Bristol who have garnered lots of well deserved attention for their alt-indie sound and addictive melodies since they began in 2018. If you’re looking for a new band to soundtrack your summer, look no further. 

As the pair celebrate the release their third EP Sanctuary Lines this week, we spoke to them about their beginnings, inspirations and a memorable moment with Michael Eavis and a Slade tribute act…

Can you tell us the story behind Yard Arms? 
We met on a football pitch when we were 12 and started playing music together when we were 13. Yard Arms began in 2018 as a very organic approach to being creative as a necessity rather than a ploy to become famous or get a record deal etc.

Sanctuary Lines features some great emo anthems for the summer. What’s your all-time favourite anthem? 
Boys Of Summer – Don Henley

Which artists have inspired your song writing the most? 
It’s an extensive list that changes over time but the ones that have always stuck with me in terms of songwriting are Adam Duritz, Neil Young, The National, Thom Yorke, Ben Gibbard, The Smiths, R.E.M, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. 

How does it feel to have accidentally written the perfect lockdown song (‘These Four Walls’)? 
Songs we write tend to develop in their meanings and change over time but this one has definitely had the most impactful change in a short space of time. It’s cool that we have this track as a sort of time capsule to document this time in our lives but at the same time, totally bizarre and unexpected. 

Do you have a personal favourite on the new EP?
All four tracks have been favourites at different times for us. I think Mantra was really important for us in terms of a noticeable development in our writing, playing and production and how they all come together to represent a sound we’ve been seeking for years. 

We’re sure you’re missing live music as much as we are. Are there particular any festivals / venues that you would love to perform at?
Glastonbury, Ally Pally, Danforth Music Hall, Old Trafford. 

Which three artists would headline your dream festival?
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, R.E.M, Fleetwood Mac

What has been your most memorable Yard Arms gig to date?
We played a private party at the beginning of the year with Michael Eavis and a Slade tribute act – very memorable one. 

How do you plan on celebrating the release of Sanctuary Lines? 
I think Billy is working, I’ll be giving my thumbs a work out on social media, then we’ll probably meet for a socially distanced beer and then we’re back in the rehearsal room on the weekend to resume writing. SO rock ’n’ roll.

What are you most looking forward to doing as a band once the pandemic is over? 
Even though it’s a while off, playing these new songs live is going to be an absolute treat!

Listen to These Four Walls:

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