Don’t get me wrong — the frenetic freakout mode of The Yawpers’ 2017 record “Boy in a Well” is killer stuff in the headphones, and bangers like “No Going Back” make me want to hie myself to the nearest Go-Kart range with a couple of rowdy, liquored-up friends and see what sort of mostly-legal damage we can do within those rubber bumpers. But 2019’s “Human Question” is more of a slow, deep burn than a firecracker, particularly Nate Cook’s Janis Joplin-esque delivery on the new single “Carry Me.”
Whichever mood prevails at the Denver trio’s Stickyz show this Friday night, it’s gonna get loud, it’s gonna be raucous and Cook’s wailing is gonna make good on its professed psychological provenance. “I wanted to take a crack at using these songs as therapy, really,” the singer said in a press release. “I think I’ve always been inclined to write more towards the dregs of my psyche, and explore my depressions and trauma, rather than describe a way out.” In the Whale and The Cosmic Farmer share the bill.