YIP YOPS has a retro wave sound that blends the underground scene of the 80’s with a raw feeling lost in today’s popular music. YY’s 2017 release of their debut EP, Eyes, has been described by Chris Aspromonte of Casulin as, "an incredible high energy sound that cannot be easily replicated. This is a blend of genres that is unique to YIP YOPS and cannot be heard anywhere else at the moment." The EP is a diverse collection of the bands early works and represents some fan favorites. Jaded Culture writes, "This is the type of album that will make you either dance along, or sit quietly while you reflect and analyze your life. It’s truly a delicious experience!"
YIP YOPS was founded within earshot of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Having the festival so close provided a backdrop that fueled the musical interest of the band members. Songwriter and lead vocalist, Ison Van Winkle co-founded the band with bassist Jacob Gutierrez and drummer Ross Murakami in 2013. Soon after, Mari Brossfield completed the lineup, adding keyboards and songbird vocals. Ison’s low-lit and chilling lyrics puts a spotlight on today’s divided culture and are complimented by the complex and colorful instrumentation. Soundscape magazine writes, “There isn’t a lot of music out there right now that sounds as original as this.” The band has been produced by Multi-Platinum and Diamond Certified, Oscar and Grammy-nominated Producer Ronnie King (2pac, Mariah Carey, The Offspring, Rancid, Snoop Dogg).
A top priority for the band is to offer a visually stimulating live performance that paints the story written in the music. YIP YOPS are known for their quirky on-stage fashion and antics as Ison’s performance has been compared to a “mad scientist." Comparisons have been made to Jim Morrison, Michael Hutchence and other iconic front men. In addition to being added to the Coachella 2017 lineup, they have shared the stage with Fitz and the Tantrums, Moving Units, The English Beat, Classixx, Gram Rabbit, Fishbone, and Royal Canoe to name a few.
The EP will be available mid-2017 with tour dates and music videos to follow.