Video Premiere: Yonder Boys “Il Pesce Spada”

Photo credit: Johannes Gerblinger

Yonder Boys deliver a song that feels like a nostalgic dream just in time for summer.  ‘Il Pesce Spada’ is a genre-defying exploration of the band’s influences, including a yearning psychedelia that gives way to a sense of urgency and action when the traditional folk and country instrumentation kicks in halfway through.  ‘Il Pesce Spada’ (‘Swordfish’ in Italian) was written as a tribute to the sleepily beautiful Italian village of Carini and the memories and friends the band made there while touring Sicily.  They fell for the fresh food, the atmosphere, the lifestyle and, fuelled by local wine, Yonder Boys poured their feelings into this song.

The accompanying visual was inspired by the old VHS surfer videos that were popular amongst young Australian surfers in the 1990s.  Banjo-playing David Stewart Ingleton created this new surf video on a family holiday in Indonesia and it features his nephew, up-and-coming surfer, Jay James Pink.

If you like a blend of guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonies, with hints of a psychedelic Beach Boys thrown in, then Yonder boys is the band for you.  The band name reflects the fact that the trio have come together from all over the world.  Based in Berlin, the band features Ingleton from Australia on vocals and banjo, American Jason Serious on vocals and guitar and Tomás Peralta (vocals, mandolin, lap steel, banjo, bass) from Chile.  For Yonder Boys’ debut album, Peralta’s recordings were mixed by Tucker Martine, who brings all his experience (The Decemberists, First Aid Kit, The Punch Brothers, Gregory Alan Isakov and Death Cab for Cutie) to their experimental songs.  The debut album, ‘Acid Folk’, is due to drop on 30th July.  As the name suggests, it’s an Americana and banjo-driven journey through psychedelic soundscapes.  Definitely one to look out for this summer.


About Andrew Frolish 1453 Articles
From up north but now hiding in rural Suffolk. An insomniac music-lover. Love discovering new music to get lost in - country, singer-songwriters, Americana, rock...whatever. Currently enjoying Nils Lofgren, Ferris & Sylvester, Tommy Prine, Jarrod Dickenson, William Prince, Frank Turner, Our Man in the Field...
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