Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn kraut-metal crushers Naam take the trippiest part of your favorite Hawkwind song and stretch it like space-taffy into hypnotic, riff-driven mush. Recorded at an abandoned dairy farm in the Catskills, every track on their self-titled debut (dropping October 20 on Tee Pee) is a sucking black hole of reverb and space dust–think Wooden Shjips on scarier drugs, Dead Meadow with dirtier denim jackets, Om with bleaker outlooks. The five-minute bruiser “Skyling Slip” does a tightrope walk between hyper-distorted stoner metal bustle and Brooklyn’s long-standing psych-rock hedgerow.
What is the song “Skyling Slip” about?
Well, the album is lyrically themed around a general fall of man. “Skyling’s” not a specific story per se, but it contains elements of an apocalyptic nature and rejection from a higher plane. More than anything it focuses on a hedonism that leads to an ultimate downfall.
How did the song come about?
We had a loosely based concept from the get-go when we began writing this album. The music came first, and it was always sinister and hazy, and eventually triumphant, so the lyrics on this track kinda made sense when it was all said and done. Drowning the vocals in reverb also helped to get the point across. It’s certainly the most upbeat song we have, so I suppose there’s a hint of irony and ignorance in the lyrics as well.
What were the best/worst things about recording in an abandoned dairy farm?
Seriously? How could anything be even remotely negative about recording on an abandoned dairy farm? The best thing is that it was the total opposite of NYC–no buildings, no noise, no idiots, no stupid bullshit–just complete relaxation and tranquility. There was a great communal mentality amongst us as well. We all prepared meals and ate as a family, chopped wood for fires, and even jammed during non-recording hours. I think we all agree that it was one of the best experiences of our entire lives.
How do you guys keep up the energy to play the high-energy extended jams?
Whiskey, speed, and strong acid.