Exclusive Video Premiere: ‘Day Trip,’ Yawn

Published July 27, 2015

“We wanted to get back to what we started with as a band—sunny pop songs,” says Chicago-based quartet Yawn about their forthcoming third EP Day Trip. Following Yawn’s 2009 debut, plus 2011, 2012, and 2014 releases and tours with Tame Impala and The Kooks, among others, the band’s current aesthetic includes catchy melodies, a few guitar hooks, and simple riffs. The consistent upbeat guitars and shimmering synths blend together with uplifting lyrics to create blissfully summery tracks. Further enhancing the midsummer vibe is the video for “Day Trip,” which we are pleased to premiere below.

“We wanted to make a hooky love song and keep it simple and airy. Laurel Cohen, the video director, took the feel of the song and ran with it, perfectly capturing the mood of it all,” the band explains.

Filmed throughout a forest preserve in Morton Grove (a Chicago suburb), at the band’s apartment, and on the rooftop, the video takes the viewer on a surreal journey through the woods and into a “bohemian opium den of sorts.” Hands and feet rub against each other while surrounding characters’ faces, while other characters roast Peeps on an open fire, play billiards with fruit, and of course, explore plenty of sexual desires. Watching the video transports viewers into a fantastical reality—one in which we’d want to spend our entire summer.

“Our favorite memory would have to be when our friends Josh, the guy hugging the tree in the beginning, and Phil, the bearded guy, started making out at the request of another friend who was taking photos,” Yawn continues. “No one expected it, let alone for such a long time!”

YAWN’S DAY TRIP EP WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 21 VIA OLD FLAME RECORDS AND THEIR OWN FEELTRIP RECORDS. FOR MORE, VISIT THE BAND’S WEBSITE.