Featured Band: The Yo-Yo Contingency

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We are pleaesed to announce our next featured band: The Yo-Yo Contingency! Although it's literally impossible to put a genre's mark on this band, their music could be described as alternative pop: dork-rock substance added to folk-rock essence and pop-rock naiveté. This is some freaky shit - and I'm into it - say guys from Garageband speaking of this band.

  • Band Biography:

    Comprised of Neil Campau and Jack Sprauer, of Chicago and Detroit, respectively, The yo-yo Contingency is a self-sufficient duo of multi-talented, multi-tasking musicians. The artists function simultaneously as composers, lyricists, performers, sound and visual directors, and entrepreneurs, compiling many years of classical and professional musical training within vocals, guitar, ukulele, keyboard, percussion, set, and hand drums. Additionally, each contribute to the band's collective sound as musical instrument aficionados, often experimenting with children's toys, world and cultural traditions, and the often overlooked wealth of sound obtainable through kitchen utensils.

    Ultimately, every aspect of The Yo-yo Contingency's music is considered a shared project between the two members. Roles and responsibilities are often traded and manipulated, making their live performances a veritable circus of instruments, video, and sound.

    Although forming an accurate description of The Yo-yo Contingency's music is a seemingly futile mission, a number of Garageband Records' fans have given it their best shot, with often unusual outcomes:

    older Beck meets Ween Radiohead meets the Doors Sounds like David Bromberg on acid

    In other words, it's a difficult hole to peg. The Yo-Yo Contingency could be best described as alternative pop: dork-rock substance added to folk-rock essence and pop-rock naiveté. A closer listen provides subtle insight into the band's influencesthe melodic simplicity of The Eels; the dramatic ingenuity of They Might Be Giants; the lush textures of The Flaming Lips; and the earnest sincerity of Fountains Of Wayne. The infiltration of these elements are indirectly apparent, lending to a sound that is at once familiar and distinct.

    The Yo-Yo Contingency recently released their self-produced debut, Box Of Love. In addition to progressively conquering local Chicago and Detroit venues, a substantial tour is in the works to help publicize the album.

  • Band Members:

    - Jack Sprauer - Drum Set, Congas, Vocals, Ukulele, Guitar, Computer Sequencing - Neil Campau - Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Harmonica, Vocals

  • Photos:

    Check out band's photos at this location. Please Note: Some of the photos featured here are 2 to 3 years old. Neil has since gained 75 lbs of pure muscle and covered his entire face with a tattoo that reads: "I will eat you." Jack has shaved his head, grown a mullet, and had his face surgically altered to look exactly like Kenny Rogers.

  • Audio:

    All of the mp3 samples featured on this page are taken from The Box Of Love EP.

    01. Audio Page (link) 02. A Romantic Dinner With Myself (mp3, lo, hi) 03. Outside (lo, hi) 04. Whitetrash Heaven (lo, hi) 05. One Beside The Other (lo, hi) 06. Not Welcome (lo, hi) 07. Box Of Love (lo, hi)

  • Website:

    Please visit official website of The Yo-Yo Contingency at www.yoyocontingency.com.

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      Looks pretty good. Listen to this later to day when I get home.
      now heres the kind of stuff I would like to do with all sorts of instruments. Anything from drum dance instruments to throat singing. Good stuff, I like it.
      Pretty nice stuff. It's cool how you guys can play so many instruments.
      The music is O.K. and i like the fact that you try to make something different and not to using formulas. But finally is boring and the voice is if not horrible, is kind of boring