What's In Your Fridge: Yung Heazy

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      What’s In Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.

      On the grill

      Yung Heazy

      Who are you

      Hi my name is Jordan Heaney but I’m known on the internet as Yung Heazy. I write, record, produce, and perform music some would classify as “Bedroom Pop” or “Jizz-Jazz” on my Macbook in my parent's basement. My first full length LP, Whenever You’re Around I Hate Everything Less, drops June 1st which is the same day Kanye and Father John Misty release their next records so I mean, that’s a lot of music to catch up on man. I also love mac and cheese.

      First concert

      My dad took me to a Beatles tribute band called “Rain” and they were sick. I was around 7-9 years old probably. The crowd was really rowdy and drunk teenagers were screaming obscure compliments at the stage during the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band section of the show. We all sang along and I had a jolly good time, no complaints. The Beatles were the first band i ever listened to, I kind of avoided most other music for a long time because nothing could compare to their catchiness.

      Life-changing concert

      Okay, so I had ran away from home for about two-and-a-half days couchsurfing at friend’s houses to survive and had just acquired tickets to my favourite band at the time, Arctic Monkeys. This was around the Suck It And See era 2011. They were playing at the Orpheum and me and two friends were very close to the front. The show was surreal, they played a lot of tracks off their objectively best album Humbug and it blew me away! I had never heard a band so tight before and the sound in that venue allowed me to hear all the instruments perfectly. It really opened my mind to what a live show could be and where the bar is set. The final song they played was "505", I struck up the nerve to push to the front and, when the security wasn’t looking, jump onstage into the awkward shoulder embrace of Alex Turner. The bouncers were quick to rip me off him and i fell back into the crowd. I was mentioned in the paper the next day so that was cool.

      Top three records

      Ariel Pink Pom Pom  This album is a creative masterpiece! Every song could be five songs with how many catchy hooks and twists and weird sound effects are jam-packed into it. There’s something about the sheer output Ariel has that is breathtaking and intimidated to watch unfold. Also this is the first lo-fi album I really got into and helped me embrace the attitude of working with what you have as opposed to saving all your money to get the best studio recording ever. Listen to Black Ballerina, like... what the hell? The second verse is a skit, it’s so weird and unique but brilliantly arranged and the same can be said for almost all songs on the record.

      Tool Lateralus  Tool man, I don’t listen to very much metal but I listen to Tool. It was grade 10 when I was introduced to them and I thought they sounded terrible and boring. I didn’t understand a lot of their musical choices or what they were trying to convey but oh man when it clicked, it was all I could listen to. They really opened me up to screwing with time signatures in my songwriting. This album especially does it for me, back in the day it set the perfect background music for not wanted to do my homework and being a grumpy teenager.

      Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear  The most sleep deprived I’ve ever been was working seven days a week as a shoemaker and street fundraiser to save enough money to visit my girlfriend in Australia. It was about this time I started listening to the musings of Mr. Tillman and the brutally tragic world he created on this record. I’ve always been interested in melody and arrangement above everything but this was the first time I started paying attention to lyrics. Some of the lines on this thing are incredibly romantic yet heartbreakingly sad and I discovered a whole new kind of epicness I’ve never felt from music before. I have this album to thank for keeping me going through the most exhausting time of my life.

      All-time favourite video

      The Pogues "Streams of Whiskey"  What a banger of a video this is! Just try to watch this and not smile, Shane MacGowen is a madman and I love it. 

      What’s in your fridge?

      My grandma’s birthday cake. Today is My Grandma’s Birthday, Happy Birthday Grandma Pat! We have her cake in the fridge but i don’t think I’ll be having any as I have to skip dessert to make it to practice tonight. I really should have scheduled that better…

      Gluten-free frozen pizza. There is actual pizza with zero percent gluten in my freezer and I bet it tastes very mediocre. I also won’t be having any of that because it’s my sister's and I’m not allowed to eat her food, not that I would like to anyway. I like my pizza fresh… and moist. I don’t like olives though unless I’m being polite and don’t want to make a scene of chucking those disgusting pieces of waste to the floor so I can actually enjoy a meal for once.

      A ridiculously large amount of dogfood. Yeah I don’t really eat food at my house, maybe a salad and some KD if i’m lucky. My mom runs a doggy daycare here which is a blessing and a curse. I mean I like dogs, but they can be very loud at 4 a.m. in the morning when a raccoon is seen waltzing through the backyard causing a mass chain reaction of howling chaos to erupt into my ear-holes. I accidentally ate dog food once and it tasted pretty good, maybe a bit saltier than expected.

      Yung Heazy's Whenever You’re Around I Hate Everything Less is out June 1.