Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Lawrence quartet <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/the_yards/">The Yards</a> conjure mind-bending polyrhythms and tantalizing horn arrangements and fold them into a funky format reminiscent of The Meters and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Inspired by the powerful growl of the Hammond organ, lead songwriter Bradford Hoopes churns out chart-busting melodies that are nimbly interpreted by guitarist Michael Hamm, bassist Dave Shelton and drummer Kelly White. The group's new album "Wit" showcases these elements along with Tom Johnson's epic horn arrangements and Colin Mahoney's slick production skills. All four Yards hopped in our podcast booth to preview tracks from the new record and discuss Lawrence's funked-up music scene.