Yell For Help

Tis a bit of fate that brought together Yell For Help band mates Mike Pappas and Fann – born on the same day on opposite ends of the country, the duo came together though a mutual friend back in 2012. Since then, their musical connection has been unquestionably awesome, producing their own brand of what they call Industrial Alternative Pop in their now co-adopted hometown of Los Angeles.

yellforhelp2_400This aggressive new sound is evident on the band’s latest record, a collection we’ve had on repeat in PEV offices, titled, Love Will Keep Us Together. The twosome told us a little more about the work: “It’s really us searching for our sound.  Part of it is our inspiration (pop, alternative, hip-hop, industrial) but it’s mostly trying to figure out how to work the computer and make something we’ve never heard before.” While their inspiration is simply put, it’s no simple task to develop a sound that’s completely unfamiliar…but I tell ya, Yell For Help may have accomplished it. Check out Love Will Keep Us Together for yourself to get a whiff of what we’re talking about – will assist you with exactly that. Keep an eye out for much more from Yell For Help and keep reading; there’s much to dive into in all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Yell For Help (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out over others in your genre?

Yell For Help (YFH): We would describe our sound as something like industrial alternative pop.  We see ourselves as competing with the other guy/girl duos out there by having more of an aggressive sound/grit/attitude to us.

PEV: Calling Los Angeles home, what kind of music were you two into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

Fann: My first concert was Alanis Morissette. She was my favorite. Growing up I was also into hip-hop like TLC, Salt-n-Pepa, MC Lyte.

Mike Pappas (MP): I liked rap music until I was 14 and started playing guitar.  Dave Matthews was a big inspiration and I remember going to his concert with my mom.  I’m from Ohio and it doesn’t get much more Midwest than that.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?

YFH: Trying to break out has been interesting for us because we focused heavily on recording and producing our EP for the last year and are now getting our live shows going.  Our first show together was great – we spent a lot of time figuring out how to get our songs across with just the two of us.  We’re really happy with how it’s turned out so far.

Yell For Helpcover_400PEV: What can fans expect from a live Yell For Help show?

YFH: High-tech Low-tech cutting edge electronics held together with duct tape.  And sometimes an acoustic guitar.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

Fann: Don’t fuck up.

MP: I hope she doesn’t fuck up.

PEV: How has playing in Yell For Help different from working with other artists or projects in the past?

Fann: It’s way more fun and everything comes out way better.

MP: It’s much more aggressive than anything I’ve been part of before.

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?

YFH: Extreme depression.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

yellforhelp3_400MP: All the time I spent recording and playing live in Ohio really got my chops up.  Being in Los Angeles, the stakes are a little higher so all that work has prepared me for this band.

Fann: Yeah, its crazy to think about all the time it takes to get from A to B sometimes, but then when you look back you realize – hey, I actually got a lot of good shit done and I’m better at what I do than I was before.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Yell For Help?

YFH: We both like older women.

PEV: Tell us about your latest release, Love Will Keep Us Together. What can fans expect from this work?

YFH: It’s really us searching for our sound.  Part of it is our inspiration (pop, alternative, hip-hop, industrial), but it’s mostly trying to figure out how to work the computer and make something we’ve never heard before.

PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete, and you can sit back and listen to it for the first time?

YFH: If it’s good – relief.

If it’s bad – I never want to make music again.

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

YFH: Just starting out playing – we haven’t been outside Los Angeles yet.  We want to go to Ireland and Canada.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?

YFH: Everyone’s really supportive and proud of us so far.  Our friends came to our show and Mike’s dad likes all of our Facebook posts.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

YFH: Eating and watching Seinfeld.  Both of us.  Separately.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

YFH: Present – Kanye.

Past –  Emmylou Harris with Daniel Lanois.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

YFH: Conway.  Her song, “Big Talk” is super good.

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think each of you would be doing for a career?

Fann: At one point, I thought therapist.

MP: Maybe an English teacher.

PEV: So, what is next for Yell For Help?

YFH: Finishing up our next EP release and playing playing playing shows shows shows.

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