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Yashin (band)

Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Post-hardcore, metalcore, alternative rock
Years active 2006–present
Members Harry Radford
Kevin Miles
Paul Charles Travers
Andrew McShane
David Beaton
Connor MacLeod
Past members Michael Rice
Lewis Millen
Chris McQueen

Yashin are a Scottish post-hardcore band formed in Greenock, near Glasgow in 2006. They have toured with the likes of Madina Lake, Korn, Black Veil Brides and have also played at Download Festival and Butserfest.


Early years (2006–2009)

The band was founded by school friends: Paul Travers (guitarist) and Andrew McShane (bassist) in Greenock, near Glasgow. Andrew was friendly with Michael Rice (Vocalist) through University and they discovered they had some similar tastes in music. After Michael recorded some acoustic tracks on Andrew's home 8-track, it was decided that Michael was the man to front the band. The search for a drummer was a success when David Beaton arrived on the scene. David was previously remembered by the boys from DF Concert's TBreak Competition and the boys managed to get him into the practice room. David then in turn introduced the band to ex-school friend and guitarist Lewis Millen and Yashin was born.[1]

Yashin quickly built up a following (Thanks to fellow Scottish band Flood of Red who took Yashin on the road). Yashin then released two EPs in 2008 Pay to Play and Miles Away But Getting Closer. Original vocalist Michael Rice announced his decision to leave the band in October 2008. During this transitional period Yashin had booked a tour-swap with Swedish band Her Bright Skies and for the UK leg of the tour Deaf Havana frontmen: James Veck-Gilodi and Ryan Mellor came and fronted the band and raised the energy of the live shows. On the return leg of the tour in Sweden Jordan Speirs from Flood of Red came and filled in on vocals with the band to help Yashin out.

The band named themselves Yashin as guitarist Paul Travers got nicknamed Yashin at school after the famous Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin.

After a brief audition process the band chose to replace Rice with two vocalists, American born clean vocalist, Harry Radford of Florida and Scottish screamer/ singer, Kevin Miles of East Kilbride. The new line up embarked on a nine date UK tour in April 2009 supporting Madina Lake, The Audition and fellow friends Flood of Red. Yashin then continued to tour for most of the year in the UK and Europe before commencing recording their debut album Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them, with Romesh Dodangoda at Long Wave Studios in November 2009. The band played their biggest headline show (at the time) on 5 December 2009, by selling out The Garage in their home town of Glasgow.

Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them 2010 & 2011

Yashin released their début album (After hiring 2 new vocalists) Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them on 1 February 2010, which included a fan-favourite cover of "Everytime" by Britney Spears. In March 2010, the band headed out on a gruelling 38 date tour supporting Glamour of the Kill, where the sextet made new friends in the Yorkshire metallers. In December 2010 the band toured the UK supporting Emarosa, and on January 31, 2011, the band had the chance to open for A Day to Remember while playing the O2 Academy in Glasgow, as part of their European tour.[2]

In March 2011, the band toured the UK in support of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Yashin headlined 3 of the biggest dates on the tour: Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow of course (all, which sold out).[3]

2011 Saw Yashin play 2nd Stage at Donnington Download festival. They also played the Honour over Glory Stage at Slam Dunk festival along with Deaf Havana, We Are The Ocean and While She Sleeps. On 16–17 July 2011, the band then supported their childhood heroes Papa Roach on two shows in London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and Sheffield's O2 Academy, the US band's only two appearances in the UK for 2011. Yashin also went to mainland Europe with Papa Roach and played in Germany, Prague and Switzerland.

The band then went on to to support Korn in Glasgow's O2 Academy on 8 June 2011 and play the Download Festival on 12 June and Nova Rock Festival in Austria on 13 June. The band then supported Black Veil Brides during their UK and European tour in autumn, 2011, with My Passion, the response on this tour for Yashin was insane. The band supported The Blackout on 16 December, for their first show in Liverpool of their 'Christmas Hope Tour'.

2012 & We Created A Monster

Amongst the Winter dates with BVB and the Blackout the band had been writing for their 2nd studio album and demo-ing tracks with Tantrum To Blind guitarist and producer Simon Janlov.

On 27 February the band announced that their new single "New Year or New York" would be released as a digital download single on Monday 5 March and also a limited edition signed CD. They also announced a new version of their debut album Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them called "Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them Revolution" which includes songs from their second EP Miles Away But Getting Closer re-recorded with vocalists Harry and Kevin in the style they have been performing on stage for the last 3 years. To those who pre-ordered the new single a link is activated which allows them to view the new music video for "New Year or New York".

The band did a tour in March 2012 named 'The Last One Standing Tour' featuring support from Jody Has A Hitlist, With One Last Breath and Tantrum To Blind, this tour included London's Underworld, Manchester Club Academy and stepped up to another bigger venue in Glasgow: the Arches, which was then the bands biggest headline show to date.

2012 also saw Yashin headline the Jagermeister stage at Donnington Downloads festival, Support Limp Bizkit in London, Germany, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Yashin also played some more shows with Black Veil Brides across Europe including shows in Prague, The Netherlands and Poland. Yashin featured at Pukkelpop, Belgium's Premier music festival and Yashin also played at many more UK independent festivals in the summer of 2012: Guilfest, Merthyr Rocks, Butserfest and a Memorable set at Hit The Deck.

Yashin released their 2nd Studio Album We Created A Monster on 25 June 2012.

On the 24th of October the band announced Lewis had left the band. They brought in Connor Macleod as their new guitarist.

On 28th February 2013 Connor was endorsed by Ibanez guitars.

Yashin performed at Radstock Festival on 30th March 2013.

Band members

Former members


Studio albums

  • 2010: Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them
  • 2012: Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them: Revolution
  • 2012: We Created A Monster


  • 2007: Pay to Play
  • 2008: Miles Away But Getting Closer
  • 2012: Runaway Train EP


  • 2010: "Get Loose!"
  • 2010: "Friends In High Places"
  • 2012: "New Year Or New York"
  • 2012: "Make It Out Alive"
  • 2012: "Runaway Train"


External links

  • Myspace
  • Interview on Live The Scene 8 April 2010
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