(Photo: CPR / OpenAir)

Local band The Yawpers returned to the CPR Performance Studio last week to perform a few hard and fast rock songs. After the great session we had with them in 2012, we were more than happy to welcome them back for a rowdy performance of some of their new material.

The Denver-based trio perform at the Hi-Dive on Friday, Feb. 21, and will be heading down to Austin in March for the South by Southwest festival. Keefer talked with the band about the origin of their name from a Walt Whitman poem, their expectations (or lack thereof) when playing at SXSW, choosing the tracks for their recent covers EP, and working on their upcoming new album.

Stream the session above and check them out at the Hi-Dive this Friday!