Experimental Nottingham newcomers offer a rich and eclectic take on psychedelic rock for their
Over the past five years, Nottingham has made a name for itself for being a city which thrives on
the nurturing and promotion of new musical talent and this time it’s the turn of three-piece
alternative rock band The Yoyo Effect to take the spotlight. Having already been promoted by
BBC Introducing as well as performing at the iconic venue, The Bodega in Nottingham, the trio
consisting of Will Peters, Sam Taylor and Lukus Rier celebrate a milestone this week with the
release of their debut EP Rainy Day Music.
With three singles under their belt already, The Yoyo Effect have a distinctive hint of Tame Impala’s
psychedelic experimentations already richly embedded into their sound. The new EP however,
showcases a shift to a heavier style, especially within the guitar, which both captivates and
ensnares you in long and winding sections of the EP. The opening guitar melody in first track Jilter
offers a scenic introduction to the band’s sound, before combining with a simplistic drum beat
underneath Will Peters’ haunting vocals. The atmospheric single is reminiscent of early Interpol
works and contains a riff highly capable of burying deep into your mind. It’s very clear from the
get-go that the Nottingham trio have opted for a more experimental sound and production style
for this EP, with an instrumental arrangement that builds to a cinematic climax being just the first
gamble of many which pay off.
Silver’s thrashing opening couldn’t be anything more different to the melodic and serene
introduction offered by Jilter. It’s a more primal offering from the trio with crashing drums which
rise and fall throughout matching perfectly with a Biffy Clyro-esque snarling riff. Whilst there’s an
inherently carnal quality to the single with the heavy guitar and drums combination combining to
pack a severe punch, attention is taken away from Peters’ vocals, which appear more like a
background to the ferocious attack coming in at all angles on the instrumentation side of matters.
If Silver throws any doubts on Peters’ vocal punch then Dissociate completely wipes these doubts
away. With yet another fierce guitar riff, Will Peters delivers a more urgent vocal response to
match the track’s commanding lyrics. There is further delight in the track’s transitionary sections
in which the vocal line fades to be then filled with the roaring scuzz of electric guitar which rips a
hole through the track in such theatrical style, it’s almost reminiscent of Muse at their loudest.
With the opening three tracks offering such variety to the band’s music, Adelaide strips back on
experimentation, instead choosing to delight as a more simplified and straightforward rock track
with subtle hints of grunge filtering through. Whilst a well-textured drum section offers a mix of
straightforward rock percussion alongside rhythmic snare clicks, it’s Peters’ commanding vocal
performance which stands out. If there’s a track in which his ability as a frontman is highlighted
the most, it’s on Adelaide.
Whilst their frontman took the stage on Adelaide, it’s the band’s exemplary ability as musician’s
first and foremost which grabs the most attention on the EP’s title track and closing song, Rainy
Day Music. An extended instrumental introduction builds layer upon layer of intricate guitar before
cascading into a hive of guitar activity which is delicately pitted against Peters’ vocals. The track
really is an impressive showcase of originality, highlighting the trio’s creativity and once again
bringing an eclectic guitar arrangement to the forefront of their music.
Whilst The Yoyo Effect are relative newcomers to Nottingham’s music scene, their debut EP offers
a unique take on experimental rock music. The wide variety of textures and styles across the EP
offer a variety of distinctive and memorable moments, providing a solid foundation for the trio to
gain a foothold further into Britain’s rising rock scene.