The Morning Yells is a new Los Angeles-based band that evolved from the brother-sister duo Phil and Lu (Phil and Laura Stancil), which released its debut album Mood Rock (“True emotion and reminiscence,” said The Line of Best Fit) in late 2016. The siblings, who have been playing music together their entire lives, are now joined by fellow multi-instrumentalists Trevor Smith and Curran McDowell to form The Morning Yells. The foursome will release a five-song EP “Proper Wilted” on October 6th.
“We grew up in a family band, playing roots-rock and folk music at festivals and local watering holes throughout Michigan, where we’re originally from,” says Phil, whose warm and reedy tone defines the vocals on the EP. “Our Dad taught us everything we know about music, and we fell in love with Beach Boys, America and The Moody Blues by digging through his record collection.”
“Proper Wilted” was recorded by Mark Rains, best-known for his work with artists as diverse as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Waylon Jennings, which goes a long way towards explaining the sound of The Morning Yells.
In the span of a mere five songs, the band adeptly covers a variety of genres, from the opener “Must Be You,” an easy-breezy number that sounds like Fleetwood Mac’s 70’s heyday if it were laid down in Motown-era Detroit, to the authentic 60’s country of “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing,” which includes a run on the lap steel by McDowell, who, being the band’s drummer, showcases the foursome’s abilities as multi-instrumentalists. Each member of The Morning Yells easily jumps from piano, to guitar, to bass, and all four contribute to the songwriting. “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing” also provides a chance for the group’s beautiful three-part harmonies to shine.
Although a short set, “Proper Wilted” is full of highlights, notably on its lead single “She Got Time,” a track that, despite the Stancil’s assertion that it had been tossed around for years, sounds completely inspired.
“It didn't find a place until The Morning Yells became a group, but it definitely is the strongest example of our style at this point,” Phil says.
“Proper Wilted” offers up five of roughly fifteen songs the band has written over the past year. The Morning Yells is currently working on a second EP, and will continue to perform in and around Los Angeles throughout the rest of 2017.
“Proper Wilted,” the debut EP by The Morning Yells arrives on Oct. 6th, 2017 preceded by the single “She Got Time,” streaming now.