Thursday, February 3, 2011
Davey Pierce and Nicolas Dobdratz are on a roll. Their more famous band, indie pop rockers Of Montreal, recently got air time on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Not too long ago, Of Montreal’s Skeletal Lamping climbed to the top of eMusic’s most downloaded list. Now their newest endeavor, Yip Deceiver, is turning heads. But they haven’t let that get to their heads.
“We go out and play,” Pierce says. “No expectations are ever set, really. Our message is, ‘Come out to have a good time, because we’ll play just the same whether it be five people in the crowd or 500.’”
Pierce isn’t the first drummer to drop that line, but Yip’s performance at unassuming Carbone’s in New Monterey speaks to the fact that they’re more passionate about playing than they are about monster crowds like those Of Montreal saw on the road with soul sister Solange Knowles, hip-hop purist Ghostface Killah and R&B heavy hitter Janelle Monae.
They share Friday’s bill with Pacific Grove-raised glam electronica outfit Sugar & Gold and Vibrant EYEris of Santa Cruz.
“All three bands are in it to make themselves better,” says Tobin Peregrina, who booked the show, “and it doesn’t hurt that they’re good guys.”
Yip’s drive to improve could be the leftover instincts of a kid itchin’ for an opportunity.
“I started into music early,” Pierce says, “playing beats for punk bands in my area and playing all sorts of gigs I could, to get my foot in the door.”
Yip Deceiver songs kick off with a poppy techno-beat drop and high-pitched vocals and move right into smooth lyrics driven by up-tempo pacing. At times, it’s almost like they’re blending influences from ’80s R&B acts like Morris Day and the Time with new age groove sounds of Hot Chip.
Carbone’s upgraded sound system will come in handy for their consistently high-decibel noise makings – though they’re only a two-piece act, their sound could rival that of a 20-piece.
“Their tunes are just feel-good party music,” says Peregrina, who came upon Yip Deceiver at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. They are currently waiting on a 12-inch EP to be pressed, “because,” Pierce jokes, “let’s face it, CDs are a thing of the past.”
On the band’s favorite number from upcoming release, “Get Strict,” Dobdratz and Pierce sing over boozy instrumentals seasoned with a hint of club disco. “It ain’t no groove to be too lenient,” they sing, “so get strict.”
With this sort of line up, expect Carbone’s to get packed.
YIP DECEIVER, SUGAR & GOLD and VIBRANT EYERIS play 9pm Friday, Feb. 4, at Carbone’s, 214 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. $10. 643-9169.