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.
New 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 quartet will play at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St. in Winters) on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m. for the first time.
The Stancil siblings, who have been playing music together their entire lives, are now joined by fellow multi-instrumentalists Trevor Smith and Curran McDowell to form The Morning Yells.
“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.”
The quartet releases its debut album “Mood Rock” (heralded as having “true emotion and reminiscence” by The Line of Best Fit) in late 2016, and released a follow-up EP “Proper Wilted” late last year. Although a short set, “Proper Wilted” is full of highlights, notably on its lead single “She Got Time.”
“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 goes a long way towards explaining 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 70s 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.
Tickets for The Morning Yells’ Saturday, May 12, show at The Palms Playhouse are $20 and 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.