Interview – Hyattsvillain

I recently featured Hyattsvillain’s wonderful new song, Yolo is A Lie, in a round-up review and playlist. They’ve got a great sound to their music, so make sure you check the song out if you like what you read below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Yolo Is A Lie, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

Yolo is a Lie sounds like a heavy, modern grunge song to us. It started with a repetitive riff and gnarly guitar tone, and then we added layers to spice it up a bit. The lyrics were influenced by people doing dumb things and justifying it by reasoning that they only live once. We find YOLO to be a little silly and decided to revolt against it on this one.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

We were conceived during the pandemic. We don’t know anything but the pandemic.  

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Somebody will come up with a riff, a lyric, a vocal line or a drum part and share it. If the consensus is that it’s cool, we’ll build off of it. Lots of emails and zoom calls. Once everyone has something that they think is cool, we’ll get together in the practice space in person and really bring it home.  

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes, Kids Don’t Buy Groceries will be out on Friday March 4th. Like the other ones, this track will have a corresponding music video, produced by Shifted Industry. This one will be our first animated music video.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

Yes, we plan on releasing a full length album later this summer, after a couple more singles.  

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

There is so much shit going on in the world right now that it’s easy for us to come up with a concept.  It’s usually something that pisses us off or something that we want to explore. Sometimes it’s just a longing to party. There’s this relatively unknown Japanese band called Spoilman that we’ve been listening to. It seems that there’s some good, heavy, punky garage rock stuff coming out of Japan lately.  

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

We are in Washington D.C., and pretty out of touch with our music scene because we’ve been trapped indoors. We’ve spoken with friends in other cities and it seems that music scenes are popping off in states with less strict mandates. That’s not to say that there isn’t a ‘scene’ in our city, it’s just that we aren’t really part of it right now. If anyone knows of any bands around the D.C. area that would team up well with us, let us know!

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We’ll start playing shows when the weather warms up and our set is super tight.   We should start announcing dates in April of this year.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We pride ourselves on being tight and rowdy, with a sense of fun. Hopefully the audience will reciprocate. There should be some choreography and visuals too.

Any last words for the fans?

Follow us on tiktok – tiktok.com…ttsvillain – and on Instagram – instagram.…ttsvillain for updates and show announcements. Thanks for listening!