Brant Bjork: “Yawning Man was the sickest desert band of all time. You’d just be up there in the desert, everybody’d just be hanging, partying. And they’d show up in their van and just, mellow, drag out their shit and set up right about the time the sun was goin’ down, set up the generators, sometimes they’d just go up there and drink beers and barbecue. Sometimes it would be a scene; sometimes it would be very intimate. It was very casual and loose, and while they were playing, everyone would just lounge around. They were kinda like a house band. It wasn’t militant like Black Flag. It was very drugged, very stone-y, very mystical. Everyone’s just tripping, and they’re just playing away, for hours. They were the best band I’d ever seen.” *The Yawning Man song “Catamaran” was recorded by the world renowned, hard, desert rock band Kyuss (thanks, in part, to Bjork’s love for the band), putting the band on the world music map. The first full length LP from Yawning Man, Rock Formations, released in 2006, came almost 20 years after the band’s
The music these kids would make, and the ripple effect it would have on the sound waves of rock and roll on an international level could not have been foreseen. Once they got their first taste of rock and roll, they fell on the sword hard. There was never a plan b. The amount of shit they went through, together, apart, together again, never together again, would have broken weaker men. Considered demi-gods in Germany and Europe,they have experienced near obscurity in their hometown; they never quite fit their own hometown’s demo. They have fought dragons, in isolated darkness and on public display. They have bled for this.
The creative force born from these things is only lost on the mentally deaf. Blak Box Theater is showcasing these desert rock legends in their current projects. Kudos to them. If you don’t already have your tickets to this show, then maybe rock and roll isn’t for you. There’s probably a Taylor Swift docuseries on Netflix calling your name.