Steeped in the hills of East Tennessee, Yak Strangler is a semi-Himalayan-themed rock and roller duo consisting of Chris Newman and Rylan Bledsoe. Their minimalist line-up provokes a unique sound that has continuously developed throughout years of experimentation into something difficult to describe. The members are devoted to creating music with an intensity that encourages people to have fun and rock out. In live shows, the band can be seen with funk, blues, rock, and the avant garde bursting from three amps and four drums. The men make impressive leaps and yells to provoke the audience into merriment. This style is often met and contrast with another sound, a softer side with acoustic guitar, ukelele, bass, or banjo. Yak Strangler truly is a storm to be reckoned with. Not like the hail storm that dented up all of Knoxville's cars -- more like a gentle storm with lightning in the distance and James Brown's voice in place of the thunder. Yak Strangler is two men doing exactly what makes them happy, and they hope to make you happy too.
"Yak Strangler welds together a junkyard full of broken musical toys into a magnificent yet terrifying aural sculpture."
- John Sewell, MetroPulse
"While the band's repertoire sports a high degree of technicality rooted in metal, blues, and psychadelia, its sound is difficult to classify. WIth unpredictable structures, the meandering tunes possess all the noodling and flash of a jam band condensed into succinct, three-minute tracks."
- Jer Cole, Knoxville News Sentinel