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"There’s something Eastern to me about Yuma. Not so much in the sound, but in the ethos, the aura. There are two principle singer/songwriters with distinctive personalities and style, giving the band a very Yin and Yang quality. There’s also the Japanese art that adorns their home studio on 12th Street in Austin. And, if you wanted to keep exploring symmetries and alignments, half of them come from the Midwest, half from states bordering the Atlantic; half of them regularly have beards, half do not (but sometimes do); half of them… whatever. As interesting as the individuals are, and Yuma is definitely a band of individuals, it’s when they get together that you really need to pay attention.
At your first Yuma show, you might wonder how four guys in their 20s can sound like they’ve been playing for thirty years. But it’s just a testament to each member’s drive for success and professionalism. In only a year, they’ve amassed an impressive collection of catchy, multi-part songs. Try not to get the chorus to “Antennalite” stuck in your head, or the harmony-laden “Rainfall” featuring Jesse on trumpet, something of a hit in the band’s repertoire already. While most songs have solo authorship, everybody contributes. Jared’s rhythm guitar provides something grounded during an obtuse Jesse passage. Jesse’s guitar solo pushes a Jared number over the edge. Tyler grabs your attention with a fast drum solo, or the lead vocal duties are suddenly passed to Ryan. Everybody works.
When people ask me what Yuma sounds like, I say “Pink Floyd meets Radiohead in the movie Blade Runner.” But even this discredits the band’s numerous other influences, well-concealed and filtered through something that’s fresh, inspirational, original, and very slick. Their music is like the flutes of the Chi. All things coalesce. They are the Yin and the Yang. They are Yuma."
- Kyle Schmidlin, http://5cds.wordpress.com/