Yellowgoove’s foot stomping rock ‘n’ roll was born in 2008 when guitarists Ben Embery and Mark Leybourne found the vocalist they’d been looking for. Their shared love of rock & blues music led them to singer songwriter Simon Stevens, whose fascination with mythology and folklore brought a storytelling edge to Yellowgroove.
Mark and Ben found each other through a mutual love of Queens of the Stone Age, Cream and Pink Floyd. Crowding their pedal boards with an array of effects to develop a wall of harmony with a raw edge. While travelling through Latin America’s political underground scenes and experiencing the colourful guitar music developed Simon’s songwriting.
The result is a mixture of folk, rock and blues grooves with melodic vocal harmonies; not forgetting that at the core of their music, a tale waiting to be told.
In 2010, a gig hardened Yellowgroove exploded onto the stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, performing a Friday night set just after Midge Ure. Their music caught the attention of record producers The Animal Farm, who invited Yellowgroove to their studios to record in October 2010, the week long session in London produced three tracks, mastered by Andy Jackson, refining Yellowgroove’s sound.
Strengthening their local fancbase performing at Mr Kyps and the Bournemouth O2 Academy, Yellowgroove cemented their status as a “highly respected local band” [TL Sound Recordings]. Capitalising on their homegrown roots, Yellowgroove began forming bonds with local bands and promoters, receiving Media recognition including BBC Introducing.
Through their previous work with the British Council and environmentally focused charities, the band continually strive to increase their green, sustainable ethos, using recycled materials for CD packaging and running their van on biodiesel made from recycled waste vegetable oil.
Yellowgroove will be touring this summer in support of their latest single Fading Out and will be returning to the studio at the end of the summer to record a new EP, with new drummer Chris Tybjerg bringing greater versatility and musical maturity to the band.
Yellowgroove are Simon Stevens (vocals/guitar), Ben Embery (bass/guitar/backing vocals) Mark Leybourne (lead guitar) and Chris Tybjerg (drums/backing vocals).
“Rampaging through pop-length tunes with a style and panache that sets them apart from many of the rest of the live acts around ..…they settle into what proves to be a highly charged set. The place is absolutely storming by this point – and the lads make the most of the huge crowd they’ve brought with them, dedicating songs, and – a nice touch – they have yellow roses they hand out to some of the ladies present. A very hard and nascent Blood On The Flag closes this most spectacular of sets, its just been really good music played and performed really well.” – Dorset Music Awards Quarter Final
Listed Magazine – Tim Heywood
“…caught somewhere in a mash-up of styles they [YG] deliver Rock/Western/Garage/Tribal, it’s impossible to pigeonhole them. What they don’t lack is talent and energy. They also have an exuberant side and use the stage well-no shoegazing amongst this band! Yellowgroove have a strong fan base on tonight’s showing and they win me over with good confident performing. [Yellowgroove are...] unlike anything I have witnessed on the local scene,so I expect to see more of them in future.” – Dorset Music Awards Semi Final
Rock Regeneration – Ross Ferrone
“A penetrative, retro, and surprisingly hypnotic sound”
Bournemouth Echo’s – Sarah Cartlidge
“A rock force to be reckoned with”
Live Music Scene – Jodie Humphries