Interview with Mike Scheidt (September 1, 1970) of YOB 03/04/15 @ Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, California
YOB is a doom metal band from Eugene, Oregon, composed of Aaron Rieseberg, Travis Foster and Mike Scheidt.
YOB was founded by the vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt in 1996. The original YOB was Scheidt with bass guitarist Lowell Iles and drummer Greg Ocon. However, by 2001 when the band’s first album, Elaborations of Carbon, was recorded, the members were Scheidt, bass guitarist Isamu Sato (previously with the death metal band Thrombus) and Gabe Morley, the former drummer of Lightweight. Sato also operates H.C. Minds and Morley plays with Fingertrap.
YOB has toured the United States extensively, alongside bands including Graves at Sea, Lamont, Tummler, Dove, Orange Goblin, Origin, Exhumed, The Locust, The Accüsed, Botch, Isis, Soilent Green, Uphill Battle, Playing Enemy, Will Haven, Dark Castle, Tool and Ghostride.
Scheidt cites a varied range of artists as inspiration for Yob’s sound, including Neurosis, Tool, Immolation, Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd.
Aaron Rieseberg, Yob’s bass guitarist, was selected from the band Norska, in which his older brother, Dustin Rieseberg, also plays.
In February 2014, Yob signed with Neurosis’s record label Neurot Recordings.