Sunday, May 13, 2012

Yanks - Made in the States ep (1984, DTI)

The net cast by the major labels in the midst of their '80s signing spree apparently wasn't wide enough to capture San Fran's Yanks, who released two independent eps, this being the second, with their debut, Only Lovers Left Alive issued one year prior.   This fairly straightforward guitar rock quartet kicks things off with the club-ready, "Tell Me No Lies," constructed around a shuffling, APB-style rhythm.  It's all uphill from there, with a clutch of airwave-tailored pop-rockers including "Run," "Reason to Try," and "We Call Each Other Mine."  The sobering title cut brings this affair to a tasteful conclusion, but truthfully, I was expecting this record to possess a grittier edge.  The Yanks have a page on ReverbNation, hosting a veritable box set's worth of demos and live recordings, along with tracks from the two eps I've spoken of.  If only all the bands I write about were this thoroughly archived...

01. Tell Me No Lies
02. Reason to Try
03. We Call Each Other Mine
04. Run
05. Searchin'
06. Made in the States


Neal said...

awesome. never looked at reverbnation before, but i wish it was laid out better. always preferred svt over yanks too, but it's nice to have digital versions of this now.

spavid said...

I agree. I preferred SVT over the Yanks. Sorry I didn't make the connection to the bands in my write-up.

angelo said...

Both "Made in The States" and "Only Lovers Left Alive" were compiled and released in France as a full length LP "Tell Me No Lies".
"I Don't See Her Anymore" was released as a single in France.

The Yanks were from San Francisco. After SVT had split, Paul Zahl and Jack Casady left to form the Yanks with Jack Johnson and Owen Masterson. Then Jack Casady quit the Yanks and was replaced by bassist Steve Aliment.

Before joining the Yanks and later the Flamin' Groovies, Jack Johnson played with Roky Erickson and co-wrote with a couple of songs for the "Gremlins Have Pictures" album. After the Yanks, Paul Zahl joined the Groovies with Jack Johnson, they played on "One Night Stand", "Step Up" and "Rock Juice". "Tell Me No Lies" was produced by Karl Derfler who would later produced the Groovies' Rock Juice (1992).

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Jolene Rae Harrington said...

Angelo I remember it differently...Das Block first, then Yanks, then Jack joined SVT which if my hazy memory serves was already going strong. I was at the first Das Block gig (The Palms). I remember 'cuz they opened for my boyfriend's band and impressed everyone. Personally, I preferred Yanks over SVT because of Owen. :-)