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Yawning Man

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La Quinta, California, United States (1986 – present)

Yawning Man is an band from the La Quinta, California, United States. The band originally formed in 1986, although they released no studio recordings until 2005. They were one of the first influential bands in the scene.

Yawning Man was born in 1986, originally founded by members Gary Arce, Alfredo Hernández, Mario Lalli, and Larry Lalli. At this time, the band started to play marathon jams from the garage to the desert. The word spread of these generator parties, also called Dust Festivals, and all kinds of people would show up. Their music heavily influenced the likes of John Garcia, Josh Homme, and Brant Bjork to name only a few; who would later form the legendary band Kyuss.

During this time, 30-40 songs were recorded on 2 different demos but no official Yawning Man material was ever released until 2005.Yawning Man’s music began to mutate into strange loops with an almost dark / freeform jazz punk sound, and the name of the band just didn’t fit the music anymore. The band changed to The Sort of Quartet.

In 2005, the first LP Rock Formations was released on the Spanish label Alone Records. Rock Formations is a collection of 10 tracks recorded in late 2004 and described as “a melancholic mix of acoustic with elements of surf music, as well as middle eastern guitar style”. Months later, Pot Head, a 4 track EP, slightly darker, with a heavier tone would be released. In 2006, Rock Formations was re-released with a limited edition bonus DVD recorded at W2 club in Den Bosch (NL), on June 17th, 2005, during their European tour.

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