There’s something special about siblings singing and playing music together, a certain blend that’s hard to find with collaborators who didn’t grow up together. Los Angeles-based band The Morning Yells, which evolved from the brother-sister duo Phil and Lu (Phil and Laura Stancil), is a case in point. The harmony-powered Americana quintet will return to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 ($14 with student ID). “We grew up in a family band, playing roots-rock and folk music at festivals and local watering holes throughout Michigan, where we’re originally from,” said Phil, whose warm and reedy tone defines the vocals on a recent project. “Our dad taught us everything we know about music, and we fell in love with Beach Boys, America and The Moody Blues by digging through his record collection.” Those roots are evident in the band’s sound, which All Things Go described as “an elegant bridge between folk and classic indie rock” that “evokes visions of Wilco and long drives.” According to Atwood Magazine, “The band’s perfectly-coordinated harmonies evoke feelings of hope and possibility, passion and potential,” and Independent Clauses holds that “if there’s a point where Laurel Canyon country meets Bruce Springsteen-esque road-rockers, The Morning Yells were born on that spot.” In addition to the Stancil siblings, the quintet includes Trevor Smith (guitar, keys, vocals), Curran McDowell (drums, lap steel, percussion) and Jacob Boll (keyboards, guitar). The band released a debut album “Mood Rock” (heralded as having “true emotion and reminiscence” by The Line of Best Fit) in late 2016, and a follow-up EP “Proper Wilted” in 2017. “Proper Wilted” was recorded by Mark Rains, best known for his work with artists as diverse as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Waylon Jennings, which helps explains the sound of The Morning Yells. In the span of five songs, the band adeptly covers a variety of genres, from the opener “Must Be You,” an easy-breezy number that sounds like Fleetwood Mac’s 1970s heyday if it were laid down in Motown-era Detroit, to the authentic ’60s country of “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing,” which provides a chance for the group’s three-part harmonies to shine. The band is working on a new album, and recently released the single “Sunshine Friend.” Phil Stancil said the song took shape with the direction of the band and their collaboration with producer and engineer Clay Blair at Boulevard Studios. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and themorningyells.com. Listen to The Morning Yells new single, “Sunshine Friend” here.]]>
The Morning Yells bring music to shout about to The Palms on Friday, Feb. 1
Los Angeles-based band The Morning Yells will return to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 ($14 with student ID).