Yngve & The Innocent
Sligo, County Sligo
"Definitely an act to watch for" - Acoustic Magazine, UK
* * * * (4 stars) - "brilliant in their own right, unique, distinct and uplifting" – Artrocker
"You heard them here first" - Word Magazine (featured 'Yngve & The Innocent' on their March 2011 + July 2012 Cover CD compilation)
"Delicious slices of sunshine-and-whiskey soaked Americana" - The Irish Star
"This is beautiful" - Rick O'Shea, RTE 2FM
"Deceptively Infectious" - Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2
".. an alt. folk diamond in the rough." HOTPRESS
Brothers Yngve and Demian Wieland form the backbone of 'Yngve & The Innocent', a band which through various lineup changes has moved from Sligo on the west coast of Ireland via Dublin to London where they've been based for the past 4 years. Regularly returning to Ireland they have been averaging over 100 shows a year and have had a succession of breakthroughs including UK national airplay on BBC Radio 2 by Steve Lemacq and numerous festival appearances including this years Hop Farm and Green Man Festivals. Their debut album 'The Sadness of Remembering' was released on July 23rd (distributed by Proper Music Group) and will undoubtedly cement their place amongst the 'ones to watch' for 2012.
The release of the 2011 Single 'Draw A Line' (view the official video on Youtube) saw them get favourable attention and reviews in printed publications such as Word Magazine, Artrocker and Hotpress and kicked off a hectic 6 months in which the band toured Ireland 4 times not to mention countless U.K. shows and festival appearances and an eight date trip to Spain. 2012 has already seen the band undertake their first German tour, playing 9 shows in 10 days across the country to a rapturous reception resulting in an offer to release their debut album there through Tonetoaster Records later in the year with distribution in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The band are on tour throughout 2012.
Recorded live onto 1" tape in London's Soup Studio Debut Album 'The Sadness Of Remembering' draws upon the wealth of songs that Yngve & The Innocent have been road testing over the past three years. Channelling the spirit of rambunctious bar room elegies, New Orleans' sagacious soul, and the rambling, roving commentary of ‘The Basement Tapes’ segueing into ‘Music From Big Pink’. The album encompasses everything from drunken boozers [You've Been Released, You'll Be Mine, Mr. King] through wistful social commentary [Every Man, Free From Fear] to dealing with heartbreak and loss [Weight Of Your Finger, Quarantine, Tell Me A Story]. However every track is underpinned by Yngve’s ear for instantly classic tunes and often brutally honest lyrics.
The album was recorded by Simon Trought who has previously worked with The Kills, Allo Darlin', The Wave Pictures and Treetop Flyers to name a few and was the last record to be completed in the Hanbury Street premises of Soup Studio. Coming off the road and straight into studio means there is an energy and tightness of playing that seeps through every song; laying down a tenderly warm – and at times rollickingly fashioned – atavistic analogue sound.
The recording was completely paid for by relentless touring which was tough to keep up but ultimately benefits the listener and once the record had been mastered the band independently raised over £5000 in pre-sales through Fund:it, an Irish crowd funding organisation, enabling them to finalize the artwork and get the album replicated. The band have just signed a distribution contract with Proper Music Group [winners of the 'Best Distribution Team' award from Music Week in three out of the past 4 years] which will see the album available in all good record stores across the UK and Ireland.