Yawners, aka Elena Nieto, has announced a UK and EU tour, alongside a brand new track, ‘Honey’, taken from the forthcoming new album Duplo, out May 6th on Big Scary Monsters. Although Yawners remains a solo project, the track bursts with the muscle of an entire backing band, the perfect vehicle for the songwriter’s fully formed ideas and soaring punk-influenced melodies.
Talking about the new single, Elena said “I wrote this song in English, then in Spanish, then I forgot about it, and finally brought it back in hybrid form in both languages. It’s a love song, everyone from any corner of the world can identify with it and that’s why I like that it’s in two languages. Because the message is universal. It’s about when two people like each other but they’re playing the ‘I don’t like you game’. It’s kinda fun to play but if you play too much, you screw it up.”
After releasing Yawners’ debut album in 2019, Elena found herself at the end of a whirlwind year. Her debut LP Just Calm Down showcased the Madrid musician’s love for huge, hooky alternative rock moments chased with the hummable accessibility of power pop. It was a combination destined to set the international stage ablaze. After gracing stages at SXSW in the U.S. and Eurosonic in the Netherlands, the pandemic caused Nieto to reflect on the present moment through the lessons of the past.
Having established herself at the forefront of the blossoming Spanish guitar pop scene with a series of early singles followed by her debut LP Just Calm Down, Nieto found herself earning praise from NPR, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, Flood Mag and more for her potent songwriting. She crafts effortlessly engaging pop songs, weaving ‘90s college rock and skate punk influences into nostalgia-inducing, lovelorn tracks that showcase a mix of stunning compositional dexterity and enchanting melodies. Nieto, who is a translator and speaks Spanish, German, and English fluently, has a refreshingly direct approach, imbued with playfulness and humour – but with the range to find moments of emotional resonance that would not be out of place beside her musical heroes, Husker Du, American Football and Weezer.