SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Yashin

Garnering a great deal of mainstream success and hefty support slots off the back of their debut ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’, Glasgow’s Yashin are following the same path The Blackout have tread on with their dual vocal weapon of choice. With a slot supporting Dance Gavin Dance and a worthy position on the Slam Dunk Festival line-up, we spoke with vocalist Harry Radford to get his thoughts on things:

Zach: How are you guys looking forward to playing Slam Dunk this year?
Harry: We’re all really looking forward to the festival. We played Slam Dunk Glasgow last year, but it’s awesome to finally be playing the Leeds and London dates. We are just gonna to what we do and have a badass time.

Zach: Before your set there you’ve got a slot supporting Dance Gavin Dance in London, how do you think that show will go down?
Harry: For me personally, I think it’s gonna be sick! It will also be good to meet up with Johnny Craig (Dance Gavin Dance vocalist) again. We toured with Emarosa at the end of last year and the vibe was great, so hopefully it will be the same with DGD. We also love coming to London, the vibe there is always crazy

Zach: You guys have received quite a bit of attention from your debut ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’ from last year, did you expect to get such positive reactions and opportunities from the record?
Harry: At that point we were grateful for any sort of reaction. That album was a long time coming, and it was just such a relief to finish and share our work with everyone. I can honestly say we never expected anything, but we are so stoked and happy with how well it was received. That album helped us get to where we are now, and we intend to keep pushing ourselves and the band to high levels.

Zach: Has any work began on a follow-up album?
Harry: Yes. We’ve been working with Simon Janlov in Sweden, who also plays guitar in Tantrum To Blind. He self-produced and recorded their debut album, and we thought he was perfect to work with for our demos. We’re working towards releasing the new record early next year, but we may have something for the fans sooner.

Zach: For those who haven’t heard your music yet, how would you best describe your sound?
Harry: We just like to think we are an alternative rock band, but people call us metal, post-hardcore, screamo and a bunch of other stuff. I don’t think we can say we can fit into one genre as there are a lot of different genres in our music, some listed above.

Zach: Why should people going to Slam Dunk Festival come along and check out your set?
Harry: ’cause we know how to party, get in your face and have a mother fuckin’ good time! We will make you move, every person at a Yashin show always does.

Zach: Are there any other bands that you’re planning to catch whilst you’re there?
Harry: For me personally I wanna see Mayday Parade, We Are The Ocean, Shadows Chasing Ghosts, Tek-One, Don Broco and While She Sleeps. But we will be hanging out and trying to watch as many bands as we can!

Zach: Do you guys plan on staying around for the aftershow party once the performances are all over?
Harry: God himself could not stop us going to that afterparty! “I once could see now I am blind from the alcohol” is what I am planning on saying both nights, if I don’t then I’ll be letting my friends and family down.

Zach: What’s planned for Yashin once Slam Dunk is over?
Harry: We’ve got a few Scottish headline shows aswell as a Glasgow academy show with Korn. Then we’re hitting Download Festival, Nova Rock in Austria, and Pukkelpop in Belgium, as well as UK and mainland European dates with Papa Roach. We also just announced a European tour with Black Veil Brides in October, so this is definitely an exciting time for Yashin.

LEEDS SET TIME: 19:00 – 19:30 (7:00pm – 7:30pm) on the Honour Over Glory stage.
HATFIELD SET TIME: 19:00 – 19:30 (7:00pm – 7:30pm) on the Honour Over Glory stage.
RIYL: We Are The Ocean, Young Guns, Deaf Havana
LISTEN TO: Friends In High Places, Hope, Get Loose!