Country of Origin: Costa Rica
Las Yakets would fit well on an early-era Tarantino soundtrack. They offer reliable surf rock licks while blending in their own mix of garage punk and dashes of psych; not too dissimilar from early Guantanamo Baywatch. There’s a good chance that, upon listening to this Costa Rican band, your ears will get barreled in a wave of rock’n’roll bliss. Joel from Las Yakets provided answers on behalf of the band for this week’s “Five Questions With…”
1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)
Well I think we have different opinions on this one – haha – to many but I’ll give one for each of us. Acapulco Golden from Lost Acapulco (Carlos), Haulin Hearse from The Ghastly Ones or any album from Dick Dale (Agustin), Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. (Joel)
2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?
Well Carlos and I (Joel) started the band back in January 2016, we wanted to have a rock and roll band, I knew his old band Go Go Dancers, so, definitely I knew we were in the same track. I got together and starting with some ideas, that year former bass player joined the band and stayed until 2018, after this Agustin started with us and the same date we recorded our last EP. We knew him from his other project Esquizoides and this was our guy very into Garage, so, that’s how we have started.
3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?
Well I think is big or there are many kinds of music for such a small country. But thankfully in the last two years there has been a revival with the rock and roll scene, first we have our oldest and solid band Los Cuchillos, and other strong bands like Ave Negra, Los Crveles, Las Robertas, Esquizodes, Maremotos and new bands that starting. But again there is a huge diversity of bands and they are worthy to check them out.
4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?
Definitely going to enjoy other shows, so, I don’t know if that counts – haha – besides that, Horror films or B movies help out, [eating] pizza together or Asian food. Or Just have a beer in the street at night with friends, there is so much to learn – haha.
5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.
Well this one is hard we barely have two years. Now this is not just because I want to sound like “I love you guys this is amazing” but I really try to enjoy every show as my last one, you never know. BUT that been said, I have a few favorites so far one in Mexico city when we play in Burger Revolution, this was like a “wow gig”, but also our first in Mexico with Fly Traps was brutal, In Toluca Mexico we had the [chance to play] with one of our favorites guitar players, Surfer Joe!! And in Costa Rica I think it was when we played in charity concert was so packed. In the future shows (if we get there) we will be playing with THE GRUESOMES!!! in the Spidermonkey Fest, so this is on the list too (Feb 16th)