Way Yes - Cutting it Up
When people hear the percussive nature and catchy guitar accompanied by quirky vocal loops of Columbus band Way Yes, they can’t help but tap their feet and smile. Columbus doesn’t seem like an obvious place for this African and Brazilian inspired music to originate. A more likely home would be somewhere that has an endless summer with the warm sun always shining down on you. Think the Lion King mixed with Paul Simon, but with a little bit of the bizarre thrown in.
“People always say that our music makes them feel like it’s summertime,” says Travis Hall, guitarist. “It’s just feel-good, fun, catchy music.”
Right down to their double positive name, Way Yes is about creating something different that improves the mood of the room. Founding members Glenn Davis and Travis Hall found each other through the social hierarchy that is high school, in their own admission they were “both kind of weird” and had similar peculiar tastes, including some world music from the '60s.
“I think I just got kind of bored with the same old standard rock music,” says Glenn Davis. “I was at the main library downtown and I just kind of started going through the world music section and found this artist that just really caught my interest.”
Learning to love and respect some intricate guitar playing of some lesser-known artists from places like the Congo, Hall and Davis saw something that was new and really led them to a jumping-off point to add their own touch to the style of a different age and continent. So after coming back to Columbus out of college, they got together and recorded two EPs and were met with interested and animated crowds in the ever-growing Columbus music scene.
With the two EPs under their belt, they made their Comfest debut this year, and have another EP and supporting tour planned for the fall. Accompanied on stage with a revolving drummer, currently Max Lewis, and sometimes extra members from other local groups, they like to tap into what
they see as a very strong and exciting scene.