“It’s about the emotion, getting into it and having fun, not trying to prove to anybody that you’re the best band out there.”
A while back at Save The Scene, we sat down with Sitting On Stacy to discuss their past, present and, more importantly, future, as a band. Hoyt Yeatman (vocals and guitar), Jeff Demorest (drums) and Kyle Hart (bass) are the three components of the Southern California based alternative band, and all were present except the bassist, who was replaced by Diego Rodriguez for the gig.
The group met and bonded through a shared sense of humor. “I saw Jeff playing crazy punk beats in a dress and lipstick, and I was like ‘Damn, this kid needs to be in my band,’” Yeatman tells Pure Nowhere. “I asked him if he wanted to be in it and he was like ‘I’m down, bro!’” The two guys bonded over mutual affinities, such as a love for 90’s rock band ‘Nirvana’, though Demorest confirms: “We also like a lot of other, modern rock music, too. We try not to just cling to everything 90’s, even though we like it. We try to be a little more modern.”
The band, formerly known as Paper, came down to San Diego from Ventura County. They say the people of San Diego are much more appreciative of music. “In Ventura, people will kind of just sit there and not get into it,” says Yeatman. “It was really hard to start a scene.”
In “Piece Of Me” and “Gone”, two tracks from their debut LP ‘Obsessed’, the Californian band blends rock and ska melodies to form an alternative mix. “It feels like, in Ventura, there’s almost a surf and reggae music community, and we’re not really in it…,” states Demorest. “We play some Ska sounding stuff, but we feel a lot more at home around the San Diego and LA area.”
They played in LA the day before, at the ’Think Tank’, and Willow Smith was there. “It was pretty crazy, but really fun,” the vocalist says. “We’re just trying to get as many shows in the LA and San Diego area now. That’s where most of the people are.”
Moving down to San Diego has opened doors for them. “Any time a band plays outside where they’re used to, it opens doors,” says Yeatman, “but it’s not like we’re completely cut off from where we used to be. Every once in a while we still go back down to Ventura and play a couple of shows there.”
What differentiates ‘Sitting On Stacy’ from every other local band? “Our music genre is a little bit different,” says Yeatman, “We play a mix of genres, and I feel like a lot of people have steered away from that. They play indie music, we play harder music.” Demorest says they’re “used to playing a lot of shows where every band is concerned with being technically proficient. But it’s about the emotion, getting into it and having fun, not trying to prove to anybody that you’re the best band out there.” A form of, “show, don’t tell”, also a great motto to stick by. I’m sure the honesty linked to the ‘Sitting On Stacy’ guys, both musically and personally, will attract audiences worldwide.
Oh, and their logo? A goat. At a young age, Sitting On Stacy vocalist and guitarist Hoyt Yeatman decided he wanted to raise goats. Talk about a differentiating factor! He spent 9 years raising them, and still has them to this day. The goat you see in the band’s logo is Rosa; retired, but still a loyal fan of the band’s music.
When this interview took place, Sitting On Stacy had at least fifteen songs waiting to be released. Now, they sit in their debut album ‘Obsessed’, available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and other platforms.
12 tracks exploring a blend of genres, accompanied by their characteristically energetic live performances, are the key points of attraction for the band, and also the key to their ongoing success across Californian crowds.
I genuinely love the Sitting On Stacy sound and ethic, and can’t wait to hear what they come up with next. I’m sure the future holds some pretty exciting things for these guys.
Check out their music here.