ONCE Somerville presents
Glenn Yoder & The Western States
Sat, May 19, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmONCE Ballroom
$15.00 - $20.00
This event is minors under 18 with parent or legal guardian
ONCE Somerville Presents Kingsley Flood
with Glenn Yoder & The Western States and TBD
$15 advance/$20 day of show
8pm doors/9pm showtime
Physical tickets are available at:
A Curated World by Kay McGowan
160 Highland Ave
Wed - Fri: 1pm to 8pm
Sat - Sun: 12pm to 6pmhttps://www.oncesomerville.com/event/1646785/
"Kingsley Flood's live show could thrill Folsom prison in '68. Or CBGB in '76. Or the Cavern Club in '57." - Boston Herald
“One of those bands that matters.” - PopMatters
“A band that seems to understand where inspiration can lead” - NPR
"The kind of hard-rocking folk-punk band that makes you want to dance with the person next to you and then punch them in the face. In a totally good way." - Esquire
“In the marriage of loose garage rock energy, catchy melodies and meaningful songwriting.” - Music City Roots
"No Depression magazine take notice! Glenn Yoder & the Western States may have just made one of the finest alt-country albums of 2013 ... This creepy backwoods beast of a record is full of huge pop hooks and muscular Drive-By Truckers-style rock. Yoder's songwriting has never been sharper."
-Eargazms, album review (4 out of 5 stars)
"The former Cassavette rocks out a bit more than in past turns, but still retains the charm that made his former band one of Boston's brightest."
- The Phoenix, "10 records that will set the tone — and soundtrack — of what could be the best year ever"
"Yoder [is] a talented songwriter and singer."
"There is a certain familiarity to the sonic qualities that draw a listener into each track, however, the music is undoubtedly an original blend and Yoder’s exciting and unique use of time in his song structure keeps the listener on their toes."
- Red Line Roots
"Glenn Yoder & Western States includes some topnotch players ... and Yoder's songwriting continues to intrigue."
"It's been nearly three years since Cassavettes disbanded, but Glenn Yoder has retained his position as one of Boston's finest Americana songwriters."
- On the Download, "Winter preview soundtrack"
Like Neil Young and Alejandro Escovedo, Glenn Yoder glides between churning guitar-driven rock and folk-tinged acoustic balladry. Infusing the hallowed Texas songwriter tradition with modern jangly pop (think Wilco and the Jayhawks), other songs beckon to a darker place: swampy blues in the vein of Ray Wylie Hubbard and Morphine.
Glenn Yoder & the Western States' latest record, "Javelina," released in January 2013, rolls these influences into a powerful, 13-song punch. Eargazms called it "one of the finest alt-country albums of 2013," adding "this creepy backwoods beast of a record is full of huge pop hooks and muscular Drive-By Truckers-style rock." The Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger praised Yoder's skill for songcraft, while the Phoenix named "Javelina" one of "10 records that will set the tone in 2013."
The album, which was produced by Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T. Jones, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck) and engineered by David Minehan (The Neighborhoods), opens with the dark "Everything You Want," which has been compared to Roky Erickson's band 13th Floor Elevators, before charging into the first single "Just Want You to Love Me," an "A.M."-era Wilco singalong. While "Younger Brother" gives the record a lighthearted, mid-90s chorus, things get swampy with the barnburner "Pretty Little Girl" and the Morphine-type blues groove of "Messing with My Head."
Raised just north of Dallas, Yoder settled in Boston in 2003 and formed the award-winning folk-rock group Cassavettes with several longtime friends and fellow Texans. Over a five-year period, the band released four albums, toured the country (including bills with the Allman Brothers and Kings of Leon), and collected a wall's worth of awards and accolades.
But as Cassavettes moved increasingly toward a pop-rock sound, Yoder's prolific pen continued writing roots music. In search of a home for these orphan songs, Yoder teamed up with producer Todd Thibaud and released "Okono Road" in 2009 under his own name.
Calling upon a veritable all-star cast of fellow musicians for the recording sessions, including members of the Low Anthem and Girls Guns & Glory, Yoder and Thibaud carefully crafted a record where the "song comes first." Folks took note, as one publication noted that "Yoder pays homage ... to the great American song." Critics were quick to label Yoder a "young Paul Westerberg" while drawing comparisons to Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Ryan Adams, and the Lemonheads.
Cassavettes broke up in December 2010, clearing the way for Yoder’s full-time pursuit of the sound most comfortable to him. He enlisted a first-rate backing band, including Jeff Katz, Cilla Bonnie, and Josh Kiggans and hit the road, playing shows between New York City and Los Angeles.
Now, Yoder is defining himself as a fast-rising singer and songwriter while garnering a devoted following.
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143