After finding perfection in All Hail The Yeti‘s self titled release, I got the chance to catch up with front man Connor Garritty to chat about the all things Yeti.
The most amazing song on the album is ‘Axe Murder Hollow’. The first 90 seconds of the song are gobsmackingly amazing. How did you do this?
Hahahha, well this song was one of the last ones we wrote for the record. To answer how we did this is pretty difficult. We had the main riff idea ready to go, got into the room and let it flow. What you hear is just what happened.
How long did it take you to mix the album? The layering is amazing!
Mike Plottnikoff mixed the record, I’m not sure how many hours were spent on it, but he did an amazing job!
How do you decide which type of vocals to use for a song or song part?
Nothing is ever planned for us in the writing process. If a song sounds right with no clean signing then that’s how we leave it. To be able to say we planned things would have been to easy. hahaha
How did you go about recording the vocals and harmonies?
Set up a mic, get in the booth, and go for it. Our producer was very hands on with the different harmonies and vocal cadences.
How are you taking to touring the USA?
The touring has been great, we leave again in two days for another three week leg.
Is it all that you expected?
It’s really hard to expect anything. Everyday is a new adventure. We are having a blast playing our songs, meeting new people and playing with some great bands!
What are the crowds like?
The crowds have been very supportive and there is a definite connection between them and us.
What are some of your musical goals?
We just want as many people to share this life with us. Seeing the world and spreading our gospel!
How did that align with what AFM Records had in mind for the band?
AFM have been very supportive and seem to understand what All Hail The Yeti wants. That’s the most important thing.
What are some of your musical influences and why?
We all have so many different influences, from Metal to country, electronica, to singer songwriter. For each of us to have an open mind to another’s influence makes for a diverse writing process.
I like the lyrics on the album. When you have time to read, who are some of your favourite authors?
Some of my favorites are J.R.R Tolkien, Stephen King, Robert Frost, Dax Riggs, just to name a few.
You used dialog from Session 9. Did the movie inspire the song ‘After The Great Fire’? How did you get that creepy “fit”?
The movie did not inspire the song, the clips just rounded out the overall creepy subject matter for the song. The horrific treatment and conditions in these old hospitals were creepy enough. I just had to write about them!
Since it’s Christmas season, what would be your perfect gift?
A European tour with Down! hahaha
What has been your best live gig; where and when?
We played the sunset strip music festival with Mötley Crüe, that to date has been the most memorable.
Other than being signed and having journalists love your first album; what cool stuff has happened to you since you started All Hail the Yeti?
We have been so lucky to play with tons of great bands and meet so many awesome people. Having a record out worldwide in stores is a pretty awesome feeling. The response we get on our Facebook and in person is the most overwhelming!
Where did you come up with the name All Hail the Yeti?
The band was originally named just Yeti, but for legal reasons we had to change it. All Hail The Yeti was a term we used as a chant during live shows. Our URLs were all already named AHTY so the transition made sense.
What’s the hardest part about being in All Hail the Yeti?
The most difficult part about being in any band is the relationship you have with other musicians. Coming to an agreement on certain things can be tough. Having to start at the bottom again as a signed national act is tough too, we have to prove ourselves all over again.
Where would you like to tour now that you are gaining worldwide fans?
I want to see the entire world!
Who would you like to tour with?
So many great bands out there. Down, Mastodon, The Sword, Lamb of God, Ghost , Red Fang, God the list goes on.
What prompted you to write about windigoes?
I have always been fascinated with Crypto zoology, and all types of legends.
It is said that Windigoes thrive on the sins of man. What do you think the worse sins are?
Well, the sins of man, can be defined in so many different ways. The Christian religion has their own rules about sin. The sins that Christianity has coined unforgivable are the ones that people like us commit every day. We should not feel persecuted for wanting to swear, or take drugs. These are things that we should rejoice in. I think that Greed is the root of all evil. If you don’t have enough money, you will do everything you can to get it.
Between Windigoes and Yeti’s, it’s a healthy dose of the supernatural. What are your thoughts on the subject?
The thought that there are things out there that have not been proven really fascinates me. That human scientists cannot confirm whether these tales are true or false. Its almost scary that when something cant be explained it’s automatically named myth.
What’s next on the agenda of All Hail the Yeti?
We leave in two days for another three week tour, then off for the holidays. More touring in the year to come.