On Tour With: YVETTE
Industrial rock band YVETTE knows how to do a lot with a little. Consisting of only two members, vocalist/guitarist Noah Kardos-Fein and vocalist/drummer Dale Eisinger, the duo are experts in the art of making noise.
Garnering influence from the likes of Travis Barker and Rick Ross (“Sanctified,” to be exact), YVETTE likes to leave listeners’ ears ringing and at least one piece of equipment broken. “Eighty-five percent of the time our gear is bound to break, so you never know what’s going to happen,” Noah confesses.
This sort of unpredictability is no problem for the two, who thrive off the spontaneity of live performance. At this year’s Northside Festival, Noah and Dale sat down with TIDAL to talk about how they improvise and cope with moments of fear when it comes to life on the road.
On their first show ever… I started the band eight years ago with a guy named Rick, and we played at a bar. They were not meant to have shows there, and we played. They cleared out a tiny little section, and we played with our friends. It was both of our first shows and everyone at the bar hated us. We had no friends. People were there to have a drink and hang out, watch whatever was on TV. - Kardos-Fein
Oh man, New Year’s Eve 1999. I was in eighth grade. Played in somebody’s garage. It was a full-on cover set. It was awesome, yeah. I’m pretty sure it was all Blink-182. Travis Barker was a big influence on the drums back in the day. Especially from where I’m from, he was mind-blowing. - Eisinger
On performing with new band members for the first time… At this point, we’ve been playing together for so long that we know each other’s cues and we practice enough that a lot of it is down to muscle memory and almost choreography. I think the biggest problem for us is that eighty to eighty-five percent of the time, our gear is bound to break, so you never know what’s going to happen. That’s like the weakest link. I think you’re only as good as the integrity of your equipment. That’s why they call it live music. It’s spontaneous. Yeah, there is usually a moment of fear, a lot of fumbling around. - Kardos-Fein
On having to improvise onstage when things go awry… We rehearse a lot, so I think there is like a solid baseline for what needs to be there and if something screws up it’s like, ‘How do I fix this now without compromising the song?’ Probably some people wouldn’t be able to tolerate it. Yeah, that’s the beauty of our music. You want to feel a sense of danger or you want to experience something. You’re not sure what’s going to happen next. – Eisinger
On tour nightmares… We played a show in New Orleans. It was right after Mardi Gras, and no one was around. I just remember looking over at our gear and there was a giant pool of water on top of a couple of my amps, and we had put it underneath some air conditioning vent or something that was leaking, so it was just another moment of fear. - Kardos-Fein
On their pre-performance rituals… Noah’s ritual is to lay down in the grid room and cover his face with his jacket. I’ll just try to disappear somewhere and warm up. I’m trying to think what else, I don’t know. Meditation is always good. I usually do some like jumping jacks or burpees. - Eisinger
We often do pushups before a show or just on the road. Pushups are good. We try to be like healthy people, so we’re like in a competition to see who can do more pushups. - Kardos-Fein
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