Sunday, October 4, 2009
Abi Yoyos - This World Is Not My Home
NEW FORMAT! Long Post! More Personal! Deal With It!
The Abi Yoyos were a part of the bay area punk scene roughly from 2002 through 2007. in other words they were there exactly when i was a teenager, going through the motions at Berkeley High and realizing that the local punk scene hadnt died in 1992 (contrary to what everyone was telling me...).
I probably saw them a half a dozen times and dismissed them before i realized how much i actually liked them. The first time that they really stuck with me was when i saw them play theyre CD release party at 924 Gilman. I was going through a particularly rough couple of days then, I hadnt slept in 48 hours, i was worried about life and graduating and dieing; and i was on a handful of medications i probably shouldnt have been on; but i managed to pull myself together enough to bike down to Gilman and check it out.
I didnt even stay for the show, i left almost as soon as i got there, but not before picking up THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME, the Abi Yoyos 4 song EP. I got home and put it on the record player. I played both sides and then put it on again. "huh" i thought, "this isnt that bad".
The Abi Yoyos definitely have roots in classic east bay bands like Crimpshrine, but they make theyre own sound out of it - its more hectic and strained; which really gets the sense of urgency across. Its angry but they actually have something to say (and they have fun doing it). At times it sounds like a circus, but maybe that only makes sense to me. i think you'll enjoy it though, even if you dont think youre about to die.
Now they play in a band called Yankee Kamikaze, but that deserves its own post.
Fuck the UN