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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Premiere: The Y Axes Get Real in The Indie-Rock Track, "Great Escape"

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The thing about expectations is that they usually (always?) disappoint. In their new single, "Great Escape," San Francisco band The Y Axes explores this theme, most notably in the context of being too young to know what you want or what you're getting yourself into. Buttressed by leadsinger Alexi Rose Belchere's pointed, crystalline voice, the guitar-heavy indie-rock song, which was written by Belchere, is based off of her own experiences as a young person with great expectations. 
"I didn't have any drugs or alcohol until college, and by then, it was too late," she said. "Movies and TV had given me this impossible expectation of what youth partying was. And there I'd be at a a party — drunk or stoned or both — thinking about whether I'd gotten to that point of carefreeness. And it never really came."

Belchere and guitarist, vocalist, and synthesist Devin Nelson formed The Y Axes as a sideproject to their other bands in 2010 with the goal of helping each other finish their unused songs. But after two months of writing together, they realized they'd created an entirely new album, which would later become their debut, Discopacalypse. They played their first show as a quintet in 2011 at Belchere's and Nelson's space-themed birthday party dubbed "Space Prom," which is now a regularly occurring large-scale event that happens every July. 

Over the next five years, the band's roster changed continually — with Belchere and Nelson remaining as static fixtures — and their lineup now consists of Jack Sundquist on bass and Nick Schneider on drums. The band are currently working on finishing their third album, tentatively called Umbra. The 11-track record is slated to be released this fall and will showcase The Y Axes' penchant for contrasting melodies and sounds, be it hard rock or upbeat pop, heavy chords or delicate progressions.

Catch The Y Axes tonight when they open for The Thermals at The Chapel. More info here. 


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