YI was formed in the early winter of 2015 by Jordan Allen (ROLEMODEL) and Jesse Crowe (BELIEFS) following their writing collaboration on the track “Until” for Jordan’s Rolemodel EP. The pair quickly accumulated enough material for two partnered EPs.

EP1 features Yi’s first single, Not So Dead, which draws influences from Sonic Youth and Dinosaur JR. The grouping of the tracks on EP1 embody the quiet of winter pushing forward into the waking of the spring, while EP2 (slated for the fall 2017) juxtaposes by retreating into the frantic energy autumn presents and draws influences from Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, and Blur.

YI‘s live band evolved in 2016 with the addition of Luke Duross (Rolemodel), Patrick McCormack (founding member of Beliefs), and Braeden Craig (GREYS), and have thus far been building a home audience in Toronto before embarking towards future festivals and far away cities.

EP1 released digitally and on limited cassette April 14th via Hand Drawn Dracula.

“Thurston Moore once said “Teenage Riot” was about appointing J Mascis as a de facto alternative dream president; when “Not So Dead” changes direction halfway through with a searing new guitar melody, you could easily believe Mascis got a second term in office” ~ THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“New & Notable: Yi’s dreamy, ambient shoegaze skips and skitters through various experimental passages” – BANDCAMP DAILY

“Yi establish a ying-yang approach to their intensity; confident in shoegaze and no-wave as much as more ambient, rhythmic spaces” – NOISEY


PHOTO by Tara Newell
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PHOTO by Tara Newell
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PHOTO by Jordan Allen
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1. Ladyfingers
2. Not So Dead
3. Sleep Talk
4. Careless

HDD058  · RELEASE DATE: April 14th, 2017

Limited run of 100 cassettes worldwide on red shell w/ digital.

“Sonic Youth-inspired” – INDIE88

“YI: The Wavelength Interview” ~ WAVELENGTH MUSIC

“If you’re a fan of Dinosaur Jr. (or indeed authentic indie rock) you’re going to love this” ~ CDNX UK

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