With Yashin frontman Harry Radford launching his own solo project , a lot of you guys were concerned about Yashin's future. We sat the two frontmen down and asked them what comes next for the band... turns out they're busy working together on the new Yashin record! Phew.
Was there any tension when Harry said he was starting a solo project?
Kevin: None at all! Yashin remains absolutely his priority. When he came to speak to us about it he was a bit apprehensive about it and he came to see us individually. We've got no problem with it."
So what stage are you at with the new Yashin record?
Harry: "I think we've demoed seven songs at this point."
Kevin: "Yeah thus far we're seven tunes down. We're not a band who can sit on the bus and write songs, so we needed some time to get our heads together and get on with it - we really wanted to work hard and knuckle down."
How does Yashin's writing process work?
Kevin: "The band's very unorthodox in the way we write, because Harry's never here! He doesn't live on mainland UK and the rest of us are based in Glasgow, so we have what I guess is a very new age way of writing, in that it's all done digitally."
Harry: "Yeah, we have such an odd writing process! Paul the guitarist will initially comes up with an idea and then everyone will work around that. They'll record it and then they'll send it to me wherever I am. I'll just put headphones on and write to it and record me singing the lyrics with all the melodies onto an iPhone, then send it back to the band. Then they'll either go 'yeah I love it', or 'this bit's good, that bit isn't', so work on this!
And what's it sounding like so far?
Kevin"It's a big mix of everything. It's all the heavy stuff, it's all the commercial stuff, it's all the catchy stuff. It's still very much Yashin, but like I said we've taken some influence from some of the incredibles bands we've been out with, bands that we listened to growing up like Limp Bizkit, we've done Papa Roach and Korn, so that sort of sound is coming through, that old nu metal influence. But, like I say it's still very much Yashin
Finally, Harry - is your new solo EP drastically different to Yashin?
"It is. I dunno, some people into Yashin won't think it's that different, because when I write in Yashin I still, in my opinion, write mainstream hooks. Even though if it's heavy it's catchy, but yeah, this to me is a completely different thing to Yashin."
For more on Harry's solo project and Yashin's next record see this week's Kerrang! magazine.