Yeah But No are a pretty f*****g cool new outfit coming out of Boogie Down Berlin. What a lame intro to an interview, right? But for real though!
There really is something very cool about them: something very blue, a smidgeon melancholic and slightly off. Even their most uplifting songs have a certain pensiveness about them – as much as they seem to be reaching for a brand of “anthemic” (that could easily crowd a dance floor), there is still something very detached about them. And that’s exactly what we like about this project, that it really has its own thing going on, for the lack of a better term, an aura about it (now that right there is eso-lame). We could easily imagine that their songs will appeal to hardcore James Blake fans just as much as to those freaks hugging speaker stacks at Modeselektor shows. Their self-titled LP will be released on Sinnbus on the 9th of this month, for the time being please enjoy our little chat with one-half or the project, produced extraordinaire, Mr. Douglas Greed.
If I wouldn’t have read the press release, I would’ve assumed you guys are a UK act…
We take this as a compliment. I guess you can hear a strong UK Influence as I used to be a drum and bass DJ and both Fabian and I love WARP.
Is there still a Berlin sound? It’s becoming harder to pinpoint these days, not only because of the general sonic cross-pollination going on, but also because of so many “foreign” acts moving their base of operations to Berlin.
That’s quite impossible to get a fix on anymore. I think at the moment there are so many things happening and developing that there is no real BERLIN SOUND. But at the end, that just might be the BERLIN SOUND: that now everything goes!
This influx of creatives from all over the world, musicians specifically – how has this changed the city?
Berlin has a big music scene and you can get involved with people from all around the world in a heartbeat. We really love that and, of course, on the flip-side, you can feel that there is a saturation and it is quite hard to stick out from the crowd. But the potential that you have as an artist in this city is enormous.
Tell us a bit about the record. What was the process of writing and recording like? And what does it feel like now that it’s about to go out into the world?
We know each other for quiet a long time now, so it wasn’t that big of a struggle to get int the same mood and have the same idea for what our project should be. The ideal situation for us to write music in is to be somewhere remote and out of our usual loop. So we went to the countryside together and prepared some raw sketches that we finished later in the studio. To have the album out now makes us feel proud and scared at the same time. We´re happy to share our little baby with the world and hope it will grow up to become a strong and healthy kid.
I saw that you have a fairly dense touring schedule already – what do you like more, the live experience or being holed up in the studio?
When you´re on tour and on stage you learn about each other and about your music. Playing these songs that we have been working on for months, in the darkness of our studios, is a great feeling.
Some of the songs develop their own little new life on stage and differ from the album versions.
We like this process.
In closing, for those of us, who don’t have direct access to what’s going on in the Berlin underground – what or who should we be looking out for?
The small places and unknown people. I love going out and stumbling into weird places where a band is playing, a band you never heard of before. Just getting there by accident and exploring new things is the greatness that is Berlin.