Mike Scheidt

YOB’s Mike Scheidt Tapped To Perform New 58-Minute Composition “The Complexity Of Distance”


YOB vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt took on the duties of performing a 58-minute piece composer James Romig ( penned with him in mind. That composition is titled “The Complexity Of Distance” and finds Scheidt performing electric guitar throughout.

Speaking of his involvement, Scheidt offered via Instagram:

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“In 2018 I was lucky enough to meet a composer by the name of James Romig @jamesromigcomposer . He’s a classical composer and music professor at Western Illinois University. One of his recent compositions for solo piano, “Still”, was a Pulitzer finalist in 2019. Around that time, he asked me if I’d be interested in performing and recording a new piece that he’d compose for me for solo distorted guitar, somewhat in the vein of Sunn O))), but really it’s own thing. My answer was yes, of course.

After receiving the score, I spent the better part of 2021 taking lessons with my friend and fabulous guitarist Jake Pavlak @fernsoforegon , learning how to read Romig’s composition, how to count the beats, and how articulate the 20+ different chord voicings. In October I walked into Gung Ho Studio to work with Billy Barnett (who’s worked on 6 out of 8 of YOB’s albums) and together with James (remotely), Jake Pavlak, and Billy, we recorded “The Complexity Of Distance.” It turned out great!

It’s monolithic, clocking in at 58 minutes. Romig’s website is in my bio for a more detailed look at his work (he’s also on Instagram and Facebook). There is also a sample of the new piece on Youtube (which can be found in the link to James’s website). I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with James! We do not have a release date as of yet, but I’ll have more to share on that front this year. Maybe soon. Until then, cheers!”

A preview of that track has been shared online below, while a release date for the full composition remains pending.

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