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Tue. Nov 20 | all ages
Yellow Days
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“I’m​ ​an​ ​old​ ​man​ ​in​ ​a​ ​young​ ​man’s​ ​body,”​ ​says​ ​George​ ​van​ ​den​ ​Broek,​ ​better​ ​known​ ​as​ ​Yellow Days.​ ​Anyone​ ​who​ ​has​ ​spent​ ​some​ ​time​ ​soaking​ ​in​ ​the​ ​18-year-old​ ​singer/songwriter/producer’s voice​ ​might​ ​agree.​ ​Though​ ​his​ ​psychedelic,​ ​lo-fi​ ​music​ ​paints​ ​a​ ​vivid​ ​picture​ ​of​ ​teenage​ ​life,​ ​it does​ ​so​ ​using​ ​the​ ​brushstrokes​ ​of​ ​a​ ​deep​ ​and​ ​heartbreaking​ ​voice​ ​that​ ​could​ ​belong​ ​to​ ​a​ ​man much​ ​older.​ ​With​ ​mournful​ ​cadences​ ​and​ ​ragged,​ ​passionate​ ​extremes,​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​voice​ ​that​ ​colours everything​ ​he​ ​sings​ ​about​ ​with​ ​a​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​weary​ ​nostalgia,​ ​imagining​ ​the​ ​present,​ ​even​ ​as​ ​it happens,​ ​as​ ​the​ ​past.

George​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​in​ ​the​ ​leafy​ ​suburb​ ​of​ ​Haslemere,​ ​in​ ​Surrey,​ ​U.K.,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​says​ ​he​ ​lives​ ​a “quiet​ ​life​ ​for​ ​an​ ​18-year-old,”​ ​taking​ ​in​ ​the​ ​incredible​ ​views.​ ​He​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​music​ ​ever since,​ ​as​ ​a​ ​child,​ ​he​ ​learned​ ​about​ ​his​ ​grandpa’s​ ​stint​ ​as​ ​a​ ​saxophonist​ ​in​ ​a​ ​jazz​ ​band​ ​with​ ​a brief​ ​spell​ ​of​ ​success​ ​in​ ​the​ ​1960s.​ ​The​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​his​ ​family​ ​is​ ​musical,​ ​too:​ ​his​ ​parents​ ​would​ ​often play​ ​piano​ ​and​ ​blast​ ​psych​ ​rock​ ​from​ ​Pink​ ​Floyd​ ​and​ ​Led​ ​Zeppelin,​ ​and​ ​his​ ​two​ ​brothers exposed​ ​him​ ​to​ ​everything​ ​from​ ​Rage​ ​Against​ ​the​ ​Machine​ ​to​ ​Chris​ ​Brown.

As​ ​he​ ​hit​ ​his​ ​teens,​ ​George’s​ ​world​ ​was​ ​shifted​ ​by​ ​experimental,​ ​jazz-influenced​ ​pop​ ​artists​ ​like Thundercat​ ​and​ ​Tame​ ​Impala,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​grunge-y​ ​playfulness​ ​of​ ​Mac​ ​Demarco.​ ​His​ ​own​ ​music, he​ ​explains,​ ​aspires​ ​to​ ​be​ ​“the​ ​next​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​that​ ​music,​ ​pushing​ ​what​ ​they​ ​started.”​ ​But​ ​his all-time​ ​musical​ ​hero​ ​is​ ​Ray​ ​Charles.​ ​“He,​ ​for​ ​me,​ ​is​ ​the​ ​epitome​ ​of​ ​music.​ ​That’s​ ​what​ ​it’s​ ​all about​ ​—​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​honesty​ ​and​ ​rawness​ ​that​ ​I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​hear.”​ ​Learning​ ​guitar​ ​from​ ​his​ ​brothers and​ ​teaching​ ​himself,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​friends,​ ​to​ ​produce​ ​beats,​ ​George​ ​built​ ​himself​ ​a​ ​studio​ ​in​ ​his garden​ ​shed​ ​so​ ​he​ ​could​ ​fully​ ​immerse​ ​himself​ ​in​ ​creating​ ​his​ ​own​ ​sonic​ ​world.

It​ ​was​ ​between​ ​the​ ​ages​ ​of​ ​14​ ​and​ ​16​ ​that​ ​George​ ​created​ ​Yellow​ ​Days,​ ​and​ ​began​ ​writing​ ​the songs​ ​that​ ​would​ ​form​ ​his​ ​bluesy​ ​debut​ ​EP​ ​​Harmless Melodies.​ ​“T​he​ ​aim​ ​was​ ​to​ ​encapsulate youth,”​ ​he​ ​reflects.​ ​“I​ ​wanted​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​thing​ ​to​ ​be​ ​about​ ​me​ ​growing​ ​up,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​it​ ​​feels ​to grow​ ​up,​ ​the​ ​things​ ​you​ ​go​ ​through.​ ​Yellow​ ​Days​ ​itself​ ​means​ ​a​ ​yellow​ ​mist​ ​over​ ​your​ ​life,​ ​which you​ ​see​ ​through​ ​—​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​metaphor​ ​for​ ​youth,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​extreme​ ​feelings​ ​you​ ​get.​ ​I​ ​write​ ​about those​ ​extreme​ ​feelings.”​ ​The​ ​release​ ​was​ ​the​ ​first​ ​taste​ ​of​ ​what​ ​to​ ​expect​ ​from​ ​a​ ​world-building artist​ ​who​ ​writes,​ ​produces,​ ​and​ ​designs​ ​everything​ ​himself.​ ​Interspersed​ ​with​ ​philosophical quotes​ ​on​ ​creativity​ ​from​ ​John​ ​Cleese,​ ​the​ ​EP’s​ ​kicked-back​ ​songs​ ​weave​ ​their​ ​way​ ​from​ ​a​ ​lazy Sunday​ ​afternoon​ ​jam,​ ​to​ ​missives​ ​that​ ​stare​ ​teenage​ ​loneliness​ ​and​ ​unrequited​ ​love​ ​in​ ​the face.

On​ ​his​ ​upcoming​ ​project​ ​​Is Everything Okay in Your World?,​ ​out​​ ​​October​ ​27​ ​on​ ​Good​ ​Years, George​ ​is​ ​even​ ​more​ ​forthright​ ​and​ ​fearless​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​looking​ ​tough​ ​subjects​ ​in​ ​the​ ​eye. The​ ​title,​ ​he​ ​explains,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​phrase​ ​so​ ​frequently​ ​heard​ ​by​ ​“people​ ​who​ ​struggle​ ​with​ ​things​ ​— people​ ​who​ ​get​ ​anxiety,​ ​depression,​ ​people​ ​who​ ​just​ ​can’t​ ​quite​ ​get​ ​along.​ ​Basically​ ​on​ ​the project,​ ​each​ ​song​ ​is​ ​an​ ​answer​ ​to​ ​the​ ​question.”

Philosophical​ ​in​ ​nature,​ ​George​ ​is​ ​always​ ​thinking​ ​on​ ​a​ ​large​ ​scale.​ ​“I’ve​ ​always​ ​just​ ​had​ ​a genuine​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​the​ ​big​ ​questions​ ​in​ ​life,”​ ​he​ ​says.​ ​“A​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​people​ ​have​ ​always​ ​found​ ​it​ ​hard to​ ​handle,​ ​they​ ​don’t​ ​like​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​things​ ​like​ ​that,​ ​they​ ​find​ ​it​ ​uncomfortable,​ ​but​ ​I’ve​ ​always searched​ ​for​ ​that​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​conversation.”​ ​After​ ​the​ ​next​ ​project,​ ​he​ ​hopes​ ​to​ ​release​ ​many​ ​more, with​ ​each​ ​taking​ ​a​ ​question​ ​(like​ ​​Is Everything Okay…?)​ ​as​ ​its​ ​starting​ ​point.​ ​“The​ ​next​ ​[release] will​ ​respond​ ​to​ ​a​ ​different​ ​question,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​a​ ​conversation​ ​will​ ​go​ ​on,​ ​basically.​ ​My​ ​whole career​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​conversation.​ ​That’s​ ​what​ ​I’m​ ​working​ ​on.”