With roots in Salem and Portland but a name that comes from Oregon's coast, Yaquina Bay are an orchestral indie rock six-piece that are ready to share their latest offering with the world. Due out September 12, the nine beautifully complex tracks of Past Lives started to come to life during our most recent winter.
"This past February, we moved all our recording equipment into an empty house, an old Salvation Army shelter," describes bassist Aaron Schmidt. "The history of the place permeated—every creak, crack and knock. The residence was aptly nicknamed 'The Ghost House' and we proceeded to record four of the tracks that appear on our new record."
After months of touring behind these songs as well as a successful Kickstarter to help them press CDs and vinyl, the band will be celebrating the new album with a Wednesday, September 9 show at the Laurelthirst with Ezza Rose and another on the record's release day, Saturday, September 12, in Salem at Level B Theater Pub with Rose and special guest Kyle Morton of Typhoon.
The first single from the effort is "Cleanse"—"a song written and recorded at 'The Ghost House,'" Schmidt says. And your first glimpse of the record comes in the form of the video for this song—written, directed and produced by Jacob Bailey and Brian Watson of Sea Legs Media.
"Shooting took place in the Willamette National Forest amongst lava caverns near Clear Lake," Schmidt explains. Watch as "the clip's horror-esque plot unfolds in the serene beauty of the location."