Yellow Second was a melodic power pop band from Denver Colorado formed in 1999 by Scott Kerr and Andrew Verdecchio both former members of the Christian ska band Five Iron Frenzy. The band is no longer together as they all decided after praying on it they let the band die. In late 2005 Yellow Second’s disbandment was announced via the official Myspace account as well as the official website; the latter of which after having been offline for some time now redirects to the former.
CCM: Who are the members of Yellow Second and what do they do?
Brett:Scott Kerr is the vocalist. He sings and plays guitar and is the primary songwriter. I’m Brett I play bass. Josh Hemingway plays bass and does backup vocals. Andrew was the drummer of the record.
CCM: You guys parted ways?
Brett: Yeah he couldn’t tour making the amount of money we make.
CCM: Where did the name Yellow Second come from?
Brett:I think like there’s no meaning behind it or anything. Some people were thinking of names and putting words together and Yellow Second sounded cool. It was several years before Yellowcard was popular or whatever. We’ve been writing under Yellow Second for five years.
CCM: Would you consider yourselves a ministry band?
Brett:No. I mean we’re all Christians but we don’t preach from stage or anything. Of course Scott was in Five Iron Frenzy and that was their thing but it’s not something we feel appropriate doing.
CCM: How did you come to get signed by Floodgate Records?
Brett:I guess Tim from Floodgate offered the band the deal. Andy and Scott knew Tim pretty well from the Five Iron days. He’s a big promoter out in California does a lot of big shows and whenever Yellow Second started writing new stuff they’d pass it to Tim and Tim loved it. There was a time period where there were several labels getting involved wanting to sign the band. We just went with the best deal and what Tim offered us was a really good deal.
CCM: So congratulations on the release of the record “Altitude.” Today’s the CD release show right?
Brett:Yeah it’s cool. We’re playing with really good bands: Number One Fan Brandston Sherwood. They are out on tour and we just happened to be home so we’re really excited. Not only a good show but hang out with some awesome guys.
CCM: It’s got to feel great being able to perform a CD release show in your hometown!
Brett:Yeah I mean I’m actually from Dallas. Scott and Josh are from Denver though and it’s cool. It’s cool there’s the Dallas observer or whatever it’s the trade paper that comes out. We’re the featured band this week which is awesome because they normally don’t feature local bands. They’re big national bands. We got a big picture promoting the show and everything. It’s a good feeling coming home. On the tour we just went on played anywhere from like 500-2000 people. On the last show there we played to like five people. That’s hard but when you come back to your “hometown” it’s good to feel appreciated.
CCM: What’s the significance behind the album’s title?
Brett:Um Scott actually he uses double entandras (meanings). Like he was living in Seattle when he started writing songs for the record and he was pretty down. There’s a song called “Chance Of Sunbreaks.” It’s getting to a higher place mentally and then also physically. Getting to a place obviously Colorado is a mile higher than Seattle. Mmentally his frame of mind rising above his bummed out feelings.
CCM: How many songs did you have written for the album before you cut it down to the album’s thirteen tracks?
Brett:I think Scott has like a million songs written to be honeset. There were probably like seventeen demoed and then thirteen kind of made the cut to actually go back and record for real. Scott writes new songs like every single day. Like I’ll come home and he’ll be like come listen to this and he’s written like a whole new song. Written and recorded. We actually recorded the whole record in the basement. He’ll take one song and mash it with other songs he’s written put them together for one final product.
CCM: What’s the typical Yellow Second songwriting process like?
Brett:Scott kinda sits down and you know makes up a riff or something and kind of records it. Then he acutally puts drum samples with it and then records bass and everything. So he’ll have the entire song recorded like it would be for a record. He’ll show it to us and then we’ll make the necesarry changes together and then learn it from there.
CCM: Is there a song on the album you consider the most personal?
Brett:Well all that stuff Scott writes all the lyrics. Answering sort of on his behalf I’d say all the songs on the record tie together. That’s for the listener to interpret. Every song is very detailed about like the things he’s been going through in the past couple of years and I don’t know if he has like one song that graphs his emotion more. They’re all pulled straight out of his heart.
CCM: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
Brett:Scott’s pop bands would be the Beatles Superdrag Weezer that kind of thing. My favorite band of all time is the Foo Fighters. Nate Mindell the bassist for Sunny Day Real Estate and the bassist for the Foo Fighters the past three records I got to meet him. I’ve met huge incredibly famous people but I could barely talk. My face was bright red. I was with the singer of Rocket Summer at the time. Ive been friends with him since middle school and he was like “I’ve never seen you get nervous like that.” Also Nada Surf. I think Jimmy Eat World “Clarity” was the life changing record for me. I don’t know there’s been a lot. A lot of different ones but I think just saying the Foo Fighters kind of sums up my musical genre.
CCM: As you continue on with your career what are you long term goals for Yellow Second?
Brett:Obviously like right now we’re not making a lot of money which isn’t necesarily important but we wanna make a living out of this. We were both doing that in our last bands. Going home to hang out for a couple weeks and going back on tour. We were getting a pay check. I would like to make a living out of this band and I’d like to meet the people who were infulential to me. Hanging out with Mae and how complimentary they are towards us. For a band that has sold 70000 records to sit down and talk to you about what they like about you. It makes you feel like you have a value I guess you could say. I don’t know it’s cool. I haven’t known the guys from Relient K as long as Scott but still a while. It’s cool hanging out and having them tell you they like you. The guys from Switchfoot are friends with Scott and when Tim Foreman is just sitting there and saying “Scott I really like this and that about your stuff.” That’s amazing. I’m thinking “They’ve sold two million records and they care about us!” Music it’s just a fellowship and we wanna continue to do this and meet people and make a living out of it.