STL’s newest experimental band YOUPEOPL releases its debut EP ‘...are we’ with St. Louis-based art and music collective, FarFetched. The band, led by Chan Maurice Evans and Brandon Mason - two black STL based rock musicians, has a unique twist that mixes their rock, post-punk and noise-rock backgrounds with more ethereal textures, trading grind and grit for waves and cascades.
In a time when most people associate ambient rock music with bearded, skinny white men, usually with trendy haircuts and corduroy pants -- YOUPEOPL wants us to remember that the roots of rock and roll music started right here in St. Louis with black music icons like Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock guitar. Others like Ike and Tina Turner popularized the style of soul music with emphasis on amplified guitars and powerfully sung vocals, whether loud or soft. Artists like D’Angelo have continued the tradition in addition to white counterparts such as Radiohead and Craig Wedren. These ambient, wistful elements of the musical landscape are included in the many influences that shape YOUPEOPL’s sound.