Often listeners can guess what a band will sound like solely from hearing what their main influences are. With Melbourne band Yorque, however, the task is a little more tricky. Citing influences as varied as Angus & Julia Stone, Alt-J and Coldplay, their sound combines folk, rock and alternative elements, with piano arrangements driving each song. What separates Yorque from other bands is this ability to avoid the predictable, combining a number of genres to create a truly unique sound.
"The final song might not sound anything like what it was influenced by, but it will have shaped its path in some way," says frontman Cameron Paice. "The style really varies from song to song but all tracks still feel connected to one another."
Beginning a degree in music at NMIT in 2012, Paice met keyboardist and vocalist Alison Thom. The pair started writing together, performing as a duo before recruiting bassist Oscar Galt and drummer Michael Hood. The four-piece quickly became regulars among Melbourne's pub scene, playing iconic venues like The Evelyn, The Espy and The John Curtin.
2012 saw Yorque place second in NMIT's annual Performing Arts Songwriting Competition, and 2013 has seen them enjoy even more success. Against the backdrop of Sorrento's beautiful sand and surf, Alison and Cam were chosen to attend a recording artist workshop with American producer and songwriter Scott Mathews. Matthews has many Grammy and platinum award winning tunes to his name, having worked with names like Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Snoop Dogg, just to name a few.
Scott praised Yorque, saying, "You really sound sincere and at the same time, you are no doubt quite aware that you are catching a great wave with your style. The whole Mumford and Sons and Uncles and Friends and Neighbors is a very sweet spot to aim for as this genre is in great demand - but it has to be great. You clearly have no problem with that. Onward!"
"The workshop was a really valuable time to learn,' Alison says. "Scott was really positive and encouraged us to continue doing what we're doing."
Signing to youth music label Decibels Records, Yorque are now gearing up for the launch of their self-titled EP. It will be their first release since How To Kill A Man, a track which enjoyed an online plug from the one and only Gotye earlier this year.
Looking forward to the future, Yorque have relatively modest hopes."We'd like to have a successful EP release and see where things go from there," Cameron says. "I think it's important to embrace and enjoy the things happening now so they are not forgotten in the future.”
released September 21, 2013
All songs performed by Yorque
Guitar & Vocals
Piano & Vocals
Tracks 1, 3 & 4 recorded, engineered and mixed by Neil Robertson and Assistant Engineer Stefan Petersen at Decibels Youth Music Centre
Track 2 recorded by Andy White
Mastered by Adam Calaitzis at Toyland Recording Studio
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