stints in the Houston based bands, The Jeepneys and Lavendula,
Chicago native, Arthur Yoria decided to set out on his own and
released a self-titled EP in 2001 to much critical acclaim as well
as some interest from various major labels. With a solid backing
band and a commitment to play live as often as possible, the end of
the year brought with it a nomination in the Houston Press Music
Awards "Best New Act" category and a management deal with
Los Angeles based Kio Novina Management (Tenacious D, Sugarcult,
the release of another critically acclaimed EP, can
you still look adorable in 2002, Arthur and good friend, former
Houston Rocket, Matt Maloney began talking about forming a record
label for the purposes of releasing a full-length CD.
Two years, a few SXSW showcases, maybe the most nominations
for a single artist in the Houston Press Music Awards (for the past
three years) and several drunken conversations about the state of
the music industry later, Matt and Arthur finally made good on their
Be Here Awake
is Arthur Yoria's debut full-length on 12 Records, Inc.
Built on beefy rhythms, unforgettable riffs, soaring melodies
and clever lyrics that can quickly go from touching to venomous,
this collection of sultry, power pop gems has a seductive quality
that gets you bouncing and singing along before you detect the
bitter love story.