Yawn, with a capital y, literally. With a name like that, they had to know what they were getting themselves into, right? Some part of you has to be acutely aware of the fact that naming your band after an involuntary sign of boredom is going to make getting people interested very difficult. Unfortunately, it’s not ironic – even in an Alanis Morisette sort of way.
Don’t get wrong, Yawn has redeeming qualities. Four musicians who are all multi-instrumentalists can get you close to the spotlight. These four in particular are quite talented and could all be famous in their own right if they chose that path. As Yawn, the band feels like a cross between Blue Man Group and Neon Indian; a synthetic, psych pop collaboration riding the coattails of those that came before, without really breaking the mold. They have a long way to go to get to the point where you remember them for something other than sharing a name with the bodily movement you were having trouble stifling all night.