Yerkish (yûrksh) n. - parallels its namesake: an experimental language developed for communication between primates and humans. Tim Kaminski (Vocals), Nate Huisgen (Guitar), Brent Moran (Bass), and Alvin Ramos (Drums) re-imagine communication between performer and audience by experimenting with odd meter, atypical chord progressions, and neo-psychedelic video imagery.
Since 2005, the Denver-based quartet have carved a niche for their multi-influenced brand of rock, infusing elements of jazz, classical, blues, electronica, and more. In 2006, Yerkish's first EP, Vignettes, hinted at the multiple influences and eclecticism of the band. With the release of the concept EP The Return of Douglas Jupitor in 2007, Yerkish wove segments of jazz amidst an assortment of rock tunes. 2008 marked the arrival of the band's first full-length album, Fear Conquers America, which earned them Westword's Best Progressive Rock Band award. In early 2010, the band took their appreciation for the moving image a step further by unveiling a Digital Video EP (DVEP) entitled Quality! including 3 music videos with 3 new songs.
Yerkish has been voted “Best Progressive Rock Band” of 2009, and nominated four years in a row for best progressive/avant- garde rock band of Denver Westword 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Radio and television play have included: Denver’s channel 9 NBC, Rocky Mountain PBS, 106.7 FM Denver, 93.3 FM Denver, 99.5 FM Denver, AM 1190 Boulder, radio1190.org, 88.3 FM CU Denver, metradio @ MSCD, 1390 AM Denver, 88.5 FM Boulder, KGNU.org, 101.5 FM Denver, and Free Talk Live. Yerkish has been featured as one of Denver’s Movers and Shaker of 2008/2009 Denver Westword. They have also been featured in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Colorado Music Buzz, Daily Camera-Boulder, The Scene-Fort Collins, Denver Daily News, CU Denver Advocate, The Onion, and Metromix.com.
The quartet have filled many Denver venues, including: The Gothic Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, The Oriental Theatre, The Toad Tavern, The Cricket on the Hill, The Walnut Room, The Soiled Dove Underground, and many more. The band has shared these stages with bands such as Banyan, Detroit Cobras, Super 400, Ours, Lucero, Dinosaur Jr., The Flobots, The Dirty Projectors and many other talented acts both national and local.
Yerkish is currently writing new music, working on more visual concepts for live shows, and performing for fans everywhere.
Tim Kaminski - Vocals
Alvin Ramos - Drums
Nate Huisgen - Guitar
Brent Moran - Bass