Q & A Jason Higson of Yanomamo

Q & A Jason Higson of Yanomamo

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements?
We have our new EP ‘No Sympathy for a Rat’ coming out in early August. Following that, we’ll be doing a lot of shows in support of the release.

How long has the band been together?
We formed in late 2011, so almost 10 years!

What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
I was introduced to KISS at a very young age & from that point I always wanted to play guitar in a band. Fast forward many years & we formed Yanomamo … the aim was to create & play awesome riffs with heaviness, swing & groove.

What is your music background?
I’m totally self-taught as a guitarist … everything I can do, I taught myself. I don’t spend a lot of time learning other bands songs, I think that time is better spent creating original riffs & ideas for new songs.

What image do you think your music conveys?
Impending doom

Q & A Jason Higson of YanomamoWhat are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
As a band, we would like to do some shows overseas – Japan, New Zealand, UK, US, Europe … We have had interest from Japan & New Zealand & even had shows in New Zealand booked in support of Cult of Occult but that was canceled, unfortunately. If any wants to make us an offer, we’ll listen!

What are your long-term career goals?
To keep creating & playing music for as long as possible!

Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
I like both but I love playing live … that’s what it’s all about for me

What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
The awful state of the world, shitty people, misanthropy …

Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
What happens on tour, stays on tour!

What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Nothing too outrageous to be honest!

Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
My father was responsible for introducing me to a lot of great music – KISS, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy etc – as a very small child, so i guess he sowed the seed! I’ve always done whatever i wanted & my parents have been supportive.

What are your favorite tracks to play live?
All of the songs on the new EP, but from our back catalog, I would say ‘Blood Red, Black God’ & 10,000 Hooves

Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
For me, it was Ace Frehley from KISS. Being introduced to KISS as a small child changed everything for me.

If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Church of Misery, Bongzilla, Earth, Clagg

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
There have been so many highlights as a band – touring Australia with Conan, touring Australia with Black Cobra & Jucifer, playing with Kylesa, releasing our album in 2017 … so many things.

If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
We all have day jobs outside of the band. I’m a project manager in IT, Jack is a music therapist, Scott is a Stonemason & Clarence is

What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
As a guitarist, I’m a total gear nerd! I like old stuff … I use Gibson Les Paul Custom guitars, vintage Orange amps (OR120 & OTR120) & cabinets & a variety of different fuzz & distortion pedals. Clarence, (bass) is similar … he also likes vintage gear & uses old Fender or Peavey basses through a Musicman HD130 head.

What do you think of the current music scene?
The underground metal scene is amazing! So many great bands & people coming together via a common love of heavy sounds! Especially in Australia with world-class bands like Pod People, Clagg, Mountain Wizard Death Cult, Astrodeath, Mental Cavity, Burial Pit, Sumeru, Flaming Wrekage, Frozen Planet 1969, Religious Observance, Witchskull … do yourselves a favor & check out more of Australia underground!

For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
That, despite how our music sounds, we are 4 friendly humans

If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
SLUDGE RIDDEN DOOM!

Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Just a huge thank you to anyone who supports us in any way. We appreciate it more than we can say.

Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Thank you for your time & thank you for supporting the metal underground!

Yanomamö are:

Jason Higson: Guitar

Clarence Wandren Albatross: Bass

Jack Thomas: Drums

Scott Tabone: Vocals