Sumeau, Jessi Williams and Coyote, The Morning Yells

The Morning Yells

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The Morning Yells, Sumeau and Jessi Williams and Coyote at The Hi Hat!

The Morning Yells (LA): The Morning Yells is a new Los Angeles-based band consisting of siblings Phil & Laura Stancil (guitar, vocals / bass, vocals), Trevor Smith (guitar, vocals), Jacob Boll (Keyboards, Guitar), and Curran McDowell (Drums, Percussion). Blending Heartland Rock, Americana, Power Pop, and Psychedelia with ease, the group has a knack for writing songs that are familiar and new at once. Their 2017 debut EP, Proper Wilted, received praise for its harmonies, song craft, and nods to classic folk. ­Comparisons to Big Star, The War on Drugs, Tom Petty, and Fleetwood Mac are common mentions at their live show.

On the influences that helped shape his approach to writing and performing, singer Phil Stancil says: “We grew up in a family band playing roots-rock and folk music at festivals and venues throughout Michigan, where we’re originally from. Our Dad taught how to play guitar and sing, and we fell in love with the Beach Boys, America and The Moody Blues by digging through his record collection.”

In 2017 the band released its first EP Proper Wilted and in the span of a mere five songs, the band adeptly covers a variety of genres, from the opener “Must Be You,” an easy-breezy number that sounds like Fleetwood Mac’s 70’s heyday if it were laid down in Motown-era Detroit, to the authentic 60’s country of “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing”. The effort was a thoughtful and gorgeous showcase of craft and collaboration—the band then set its sights on performing live.

2018 saw the Yells traversing the great state of California as much as possible, spreading their laid-back yet energetic tunes to eager listeners up and down the coast, and adding keyboardist/guitarist Jacob Boll along the way.

The Morning Yells released their debut full-length “On The Lash” on May 17, 2019, with West Coast tour dates through July. The album was recorded at Boulevard Recording with Engineer/Producer Clay Blair (The War on Drugs, Borns, Richard Thompson). The songs boast strong blood harmonies and anthemic choruses paired with often sorrowful and deeply rooted lyrics.


Jessi Williams and Coyote (LA): Born and raised surrounded by cornfields in southern Indiana, COYOTE’s songwriter and rhythm guitarist, Jessi Williams, is no stranger to country and bluegrass music as evident in their debut single “Roam, Little Gypsy” released last summer. Set to a lulling piano and twangy guitar, the moody waltz–penned by Williams for her fellow country songstress, and friend, Margo Price–exudes biting lyrics examining the pressures and expectations faced when transitioning from a young, free-spirited woman to a wife and mother.

At 14, Williams hid in her bedroom studying the Neil Young guitar songbook, while her parents hosted regular “pickin’ parties” in her old farmhouse kitchen. While, at the time, her interest in the bluegrass genre may have taken a backseat to her love of 60's, 70's rock and Motown, it has always been a prominent style in her songwriting.

In 2008 Jessi moved to Los Angeles with her two-year-old daughter while her, now ex, husband was fighting in the Iraq war. As an outlet for her frustrations as a military wife and single mom, Jessi flooded her notebooks with stories of personal woe and folkloric interpretations of the world. She brought forth imagery where words seemed to fall short. Guitar in hand, she took to the stages of dive bars and coffee shops where she met Chris Sousa (bass), Robin Harris (guitar), former member Adrian Prohaska (mandolin), and Conan Skyrme (drums). Through their mutual adoration of folk music, the 5-piece folk rock band known as “Coyote” (pronounced Kye-Oat) was born.

Eventually, Coyote found themselves in the live room of the historic East West Studios- home of The Beach Boys Pet Sounds. There, they laid down eight tracks and prepared for their first release. However, around the same time, Jessi was touring with spaghetti-western influenced folk rock band, The Lonely Wild. Balancing a demanding tour schedule, a day job, motherhood, spread her too thin and she was forced to put Coyote on a hiatus.

All the while the songs still came….

Reemerging in 2018 as Jessi Williams and Coyote, the group, with The Lonely Wild member, Ryan Ross, and Sumeau member, Kat Primeau, joining, released the self-titled EP of tunes recorded during the bands inception- blowing the dust off of tunes that, like a bottle of wine–and all good old country songs–have ripened beautifully with age.

The group is currently back in the studio in working on their follow up LP to be released early 2020.

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Sumeau (LA): SUMEAU (pronounced sumō) wants you to join their cult. Founded by Chris Sousa ("Su) and Kat Primeau ("meau"), the LA-based dream pop band creates melodic mantras reminiscent of '60s psychedelia and surreal soundscapes of surprising simplicity and scope.

The duo met as staff at EastWest Studios, where a routine mic check led to months of after-hours sessions. The resulting self-titled album, mixed by Ben O'Neill (Fleetwood Mac, Garbage, Neil Young), received critical acclaim and inspired the cross-country "World Tour of America," with visits in Boston, NYC, Cleveland, Chicago, Boulder, Reno, and Los Angeles.

SUMEAU then recruited Molly Dworsky, Ian McAllister, Dan Macken, Julia Chalker, Harrison Lee, Alex Keenan, and George Chammas. Together, the 9-piece creates waves of sound greater than the sum of their parts, hypnotizing audiences at LA gems such as Hotel Cafe, The Mint, SoFar Sounds, and The Satellite. They've showcased for the Audio Engineering Society, been guests on Jam In The Van, and were featured in the Red Bull TV documentary "This And Nothing Else."

SUMEAU returned to EastWest Studios in March to record their sophomore LP with engineer Tyler Shields (The War on Drugs, Justin Timberlake, Kamasi Washington).

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Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042