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Converse Rubber Tracks x MetalSucks 2016 Preview: Yashira

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Earlier this fall, three unsigned bands visited the Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio in Brooklyn, NY, where they laid down some jams at one of Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art facilities with producer Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Exhumed). 

MetalSucks held an open application process in July for bands to apply, then Axl and Vince worked with Will to choose their three favorites. We’ll be previewing each of the selected bands in the next few days (we already previewed the three bands who recorded with Kurt Ballou in Boston over the summer), and then we’ll be releasing the tracks they recorded next month. Today, we feature Yashira from Jacksonville, FL.

Bassist Luke Barber had the following to say about Yashira’s hometown of Jacksonville, FL when reached by email prior to the band’s recording session in Brooklyn: “The people of Jacksonville are a different breed. There’s some true maniacs here, but also some of the best people. Also it blows my mind that it’s such a big city but it feels like a small town. It’s a weird place.”

It’s not difficult to understand why the fellas in Yashira might feel like “a different breed” in the city that most notably spawned, um, Limp Bizkit. Their music is challenging at its core, a mix of sludge, death metal, post-metal and prog-isms that call to mind the bludgeoningly frenetic and hard-hitting, downtuned face-pummeling of modern noise-bringers such as Sumac, Rwake, or a puppy in a meat grinder.

To Barber’s point that they’re “maniacs,” well, they just may be: they made the drive up from Jacksonville straight to Brooklyn for their two-day session with producer Will Putney, without any stops or shows along the way, and then they headed right back home upon finishing. Although perhaps they’d be even bigger maniacs if they’d turned down such a stellar opportunity to record with a top-flight producer in a state-of-the-art studio on someone else’s dime.

Yashira have grand plans for the future: “We’re going to finish tracking our seven-song record and hopefully release it in Spring 2017. We’ll also be busy with shows all over the Southeast and few festivals. We’re playing a really awesome festival pre-show in Gainesville in October, we’re playing with Young and In The Way at WVRMFEST, and we’re playing with Yautja at Florida Is Loud Fest. We’re trying to go on tour up the East Coast again in the Winter. [For now] we just really want to focus on this session and the record until we can put out more music!”

Check out Yashira’s 2015 two-song demo We Find Ourselves In The Grief Of Others below. We’ll be sharing with you the results of their CRTxMetalSucks sessions very, very soon.

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