Yam Haus’ latest EP, ‘Stupid and Famous’ cements their position for the long run

“I got the band tattooed on my ass, so I’m here for the long game.”
11 October 2023

Yam Haus has recently dropped their newest and energetically vibrant EP, titled Stupid and Famous, now available through Big Loud Rock. The Minneapolis-based trio – Lars Pruitt (singer), Seth Blum (guitar) and Jake Felstow (drums) – enlisted the wizardry of award-winning mixer/producer Tony Hoffer (known for his work with Beck, Phoenix, and M83) to craft a seven-song showcase that delves deep into the soul of indie-rock.

The EP’s standout and lead single, So Long, serves as a poignant reflection on the band’s journey to unearth their authentic sound and find their stride.

Drenched in infectious melodies and earworm vocal lines, Stupid and Famous showcases Yam Haus‘s signature vibrant sound while unveiling a newfound maturity in songwriting and musical complexity. With four out of the seven tracks, including hits like Rafters, Sandcastle, Stupid and Famous, and ‘ShakinYer Hips, already released as singles, the EP marks a pivotal moment for the band—a crossroads between their roots and their present artistic evolution.

Frontman Lars Pruitt shares insights into the track and the EP, describing it as a musical departure from their early pop-synth sound to a grittier, guitar-led resonance. Lyrically, Pruitt confronts personal struggles within the band, his worldview, and his own self-discovery.

Reflecting on their evolution from creating daily vlogs on YouTube to a deeper connection through music, Pruitt expresses a shift away from the allure of social media. The focus now lies on the beauty of creating music and fostering genuine connections with their fans:

“Musically, it is a departure from our early pop-synth sound to a grittier, guitar-led sound. Lyrically, it finds me confronting some of my struggles within the band, within my worldview, and within myself. A lot has changed since we started making pop music and doing a daily vlog on YouTube for nearly two years straight. We used to be so down to make ‘content’ to grab people’s attention, and these days I find myself feeling a lot less inspired by social media. But the beautiful thing is that I’m still inspired by making music, and connecting with people over music. We hope this EP connects with people, and we can’t wait to play it live in clubs this fall.”

Despite amassing digital success with 15 million streams, 20 million YouTube views, and a robust social media following, Yam Haus remains grounded, feeling like they’re only scratching the surface of their potential. Yam Haus believes that they are only at the beginning of their journey. To emphasize his unwavering commitment, frontman Lars Pruitt once revealed: “I got the band tattooed on my ass, so I’m here for the long game.”

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Photo by Aaron Eisenberg 

Following their exhilarating performance alongside The Killers and Death Cab for Cutie at TC Summer Fest in their hometown on July 14, Yam Haus embarks on a U.S. and Canadian tour starting Friday, October 6, at Hi-Fi in Indianapolis, IN, and concluding on November 18 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now HERE, and a full listing of dates can be found below. 

OCTOBER 

06 — Indianapolis, IN — Hi-Fi 

07 — Ferndale, MI — The Loving Touch 

08 — Toronto, ON — The Drake Underground 

10 — Philadelphia, PA — World Cafe Live 

12 — Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Made 

13 — Cambridge, MA — Sonia 

15 — Washington DC — DC9 

17 — Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle Back Room 

18 — Charlotte, NC — Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts 

19 — Atlanta, GA — Vinyl 

20 — Nashville, TN — Exit/In 

26 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall 

28 — Dallas, TX — Club Dada 

29 — Austin, TX — The Ballroom 

31 — Phoenix, AZ — Last Exit 

NOVEMBER 

01 — Los Angeles, CA — Moroccan Lounge 

02 — San Diego, CA — Voodoo Room (House of Blues San Diego) 

04 — San Francisco, CA — Bottom of the Hill 

07 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theatre 

08 — Seattle, WA — Madame Lou’s 

10 — Salt Lake City, UT — Urban Lounge 

11 — Denver, CO — Bluebird Theater 

12 — Lawrence, KS — The Bottleneck 

15 — Lincoln, NE — Bourbon Theatre 

16 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s 

17 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue 

18 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall 

DECEMBER 

07 — Appleton, WI — Appleton Beer Factory * 

08 — Indianapolis, IN — Hi-Fi * 

09 — Cincinnati, OH — Madison Love * 

10 — St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill * 

* — supporting Welshly Arms