The first fascination of this American quartet came from the Yeti in their band name and the Wendigo in the track list. Fabulous creatures, paranormals, mystics, horror movies etc. attracted me magically since my youth... and in this case my curiosity led me to an absolute killer-album!!!
I totally agree with John Miles: „Music was my first love and it will be my last...“ I could not get by with only one favourite band, also not with ten... Whensoever new bands are able to score high with me, I´m very happy. The music biz always needs new blood and should enlarge the support and the assistance of new bands a lot. Certainly I don´t like bubblegum-plastic-rock or a harder music style which is made for the masses or songs/CDs which you can hear more or less clearly that they are only made to grab money.
A band like All Hail The Yeti is like a gift for the music-freak in me, because they can fascinate me completely. They rock hard, with much power, melodic in their own way, they are doing their own thing. Mainly they rock heavy, but they show diversity and that they are brilliant in slower pace, too. All Hail The Yeti present real absorbing and amazing lyrics. An intelligent play with words about perhaps not always necessarily “usual” themes, but they just are more than interesting for me. My feeling is> this guys stand with body and soul behind what they do. They play their songs with heart and passion. You can feel what their music means to them, and how much they take delight in doing their thing.
Two band members are in action at the microphone. Singer Connor Garritty is the man with the impressive „HardCore Voice”, bass player Nicholas Diltz is responsible for the “Clear Voice”. I “love” musical gobbledygook, therefore translation> Connor roars the lyrics, Nicholas sings them ;-) Their voices fit damn well together. Guitarist Craw NeQuent and drummer Steve White complete this power-quartet and the four guys complement one another perfectly. I like their creativity very much, the style of their songwriting, their ideas for all the applied “specials” - interludes of the extraordinary kind. The whole thing results in fascinating songs with a special touch. Since weeks, this awesome CD is running on heavy rotation in my player.
Should somebody now have the idea that I was caught by four Yetis – yepp, I walked into their musical trap... well, rather I ran into it! ;-) Follow one of the links below, listen to some songs from All Hail The Yeti and if you like what you hear – buy the album All Hail The Yeti!
Definitely you should watch their video clip for The Art Of Mourning. It was filmed with director Rob Cantin. Actually it is a short movie, a western, which convert the lyrics into living pictures. The musicians are in action as band and as actors, and – to come back on the theme of this category – of course you can see some of their tattoos, too.
I wished me All Hail The Yeti for the start from “Rock Meets Tattoos” and it worked out... and my questions were not only answered by one band member. Here is the third one:
Interview about tattoos
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©2012 by Rob Cantin
Craw, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions! Here we go:
Some people just see a tattoo as a nice decoration or as a hip trend - for others it has a much more deeper importance. I´m sure, you guys belong to the last named category. How do you define your passion for tatts?
My passion for tattoos started at an early age, admiring my father and uncles tattoos. They were musicians and rode motorcycles and I followed in their footsteps. It was kind of a connection with the family y'know.
When did you get your first tattoo, which design was the last one you got and how many are it in total at the moment?
I got my first tattoo @ the age of fifteen. It was taken from the crown of thorns, I put it around my arm ... Last design was a “Fleur de Lis” and I am not sure how many I have. Most of my skin is covered in art and that is something I am proud of.
Do you have any ideas in mind for the next 1-2-3 tatts yet?
I have a few ideas but I like to wait for a special moment or time in my life. That way I can look back at it later on and enjoy the memory.
Could you please tell us the story about one of your tattoos - why did you choose it, how long did it take to prick it and so on?
Well I have a lot of "Fleur de Lis" tatts. I am from Louisiana and very proud of my culture and background. When Hurricane Katrina hit I started collecting them as a way of paying my respects to those who lost their lives during that time. It also reminds of home and I think a lot about Louisiana when I'm on the road touring.
©2012 by Craw NeQuent
Is your band logo to see on your skin too, or do you will get it later... or never?
I have a tattoo of every band I have been in. It's part of my journey through my career and in life.
From which tattoo artist would you like to get tattooed at any rate sometime?
My singer Connor because he is a talented artist and to me it is a sign of respect from one brother to another.
What is your opinion> does a kind of mystical connection exist between Rock & Metal music and tattoos?
I think art and music are equal in a lot of ways. I have a tattoo in memory of Dimebag and it means so much to me because he is a huge part of why I started on this musical journey. So yes I think there is a connection between the two.
Done! Cheers brother – we are waiting for the tour-dates in Germany! ;-)
I appreciate the questions and look forward to rockin´ out in Germany. Cheers!! :-)
Craw NeQuent/Connor Garritty/Nicholas Diltz
©2012 by Henry Diltz
Logos> © by All Hail The Yeti
Photos> ©2012 by Craw NeQuent, Henry Diltz and Rob Cantin