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About the book

(photo by James Rexroad)


Granted unprecedented access to YOB, photographer Alyssa Herrman has captured the intense journey of writing, recording, and releasing their critically acclaimed 2018 album, Our Raw Heart, in her new photobook, The Raw Within.

The books first shots are from the March 2017 benefit show for Mike Scheidt following his hospitalizations and surgeries for Diverticulitis, while the final shots are from Yob’s triumphant record release day in-store at Portland’s Music Millennium.

The 11”x10” hardcover book includes 120 pages worth of never before seen images, as well as commentary and information from all three band members and those involved with the making of Our Raw Heart, including Billy Barnett of Gung Ho Studio.  The Raw Within is a limited pressing of 500 copies.


“We’ve known Alyssa Herrman for many years. We first met her in her work as a photographer, and we all became instant friends. She has shot for everyone from Tool to Judas Priest, shooting at festivals around the country as well as countless shows in the Northwest. She approached us about chronicling Our Raw Heart, from it’s inception as we were writing, to the benefit show thrown on my behalf, to our studio experience and turning those photos into a book. We liked the idea, and knew it had potential. We had no idea how good it was going to turn out, how far she was going to go with untold hours, days, weeks, months of time to make the book something truly unique and intimate. We are floored with the result. It’s as close a look into how we/YOB are with each other as friends and as a band as anyone will see. We are very grateful to Alyssa and Guy Nelson for their tireless effort to bring this idea to such a triumphant result.”

- Mike Scheidt


To see more of Alyssa's photography go to www.fotophortress.com.