Layering distorted keys and guitar, sweeping violins, and a thunderous rhythm section, the band sculpts a wall of sound praised for its intoxicating melodies and grandiose arrangements. Led by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Ward, Yaquina Bay speaks of heartbreak and joy, permanence and instability. It is a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh, familiar and new.
What began as a bedroom recording project has evolved into a powerful live touring act. Two full West Coast tours and countless performances in their home state of Oregon have secured Yaquina Bay as "the definition of a hard-working band" (Salem Weekly). It's a description the band has strived to be affiliated with year after year, night after night, show after show. Past Lives, the bands newest record, explores a musical landscape that distills Ward's elegant songwriting using the dynamics of their robust live show. Recorded in three unique spaces, entirely by the band themselves, Past Lives uses lush and energetic instrumentation to weave its nine tracks into one cohesive work. The album marks a major shift in their sound.
"Cleanse", the album's first single, builds its delicate orchestration to a powerful, resounding climax. "Confessions in San Fransisco" sweeps away the listener with its soaring and triumphant melodies. Past Lives is the definition of the ambition, energy, and passion of this band.