Yowie, a dual-guitar and drums trio from St. Louis, have been stunning audiences with their incomparable barrage of sonic kung fu. They accelerate the progressive rock rhythmic sensibilities of Ruins and Magma and mutate them with the shrieker side of Big Black and Slayer. The band incorporates many variations in time signature, tempo, and tuning, to create a virtual audio maze, but no matter how complex things get, their compositions remain cohesive and compelling. After releasing their debut album Cryptooology on Skin Graft, they lost a guitarist. Since then (2006/2007), they have re-acquired the same guitarist, and continued writing music under the radar until mid-2011 when it was announced that they have written and recorded an entirely new album.
Then, the same guitarist left the band, yet again, and Yowie acquired Christopher Trull, formerly of Grand Ulena, to perform full time after the recording and release of the band’s second album, “Damning with Faint Praise,” which is now available on Skin Graft records.
The band describes it as “more danceable” than their first album, and not sounding like “there’s an icepick stuck in your ear.”