19 January 2022
If you can make it in Leeds, you can make it everywhere, and when iconic
crooner Elton John says he’s a fan (read all about it here) you know you’re
a crocodile rock band on the verge of world domination.
Anyway, on 4 August 2020 Turn Up The Volume wrote this about
the second single, titled Fixer Upper, by a band he discovered
called YARD ACT from Leeds…
“Prepare for a mind-messing crackerjack that’ll do your head in the way you like it. This funky
as bloody hell banger sounds as if Mike Skinner and Sleaford Mods joined forces to experiment with intoxicating guitar riffs to turn up the decibels on for once. Fixer Upper is an electrifying post-punk rap slam with a repetitive bass-tastic groove having an instant bang-up impact on your body movements. Stupendous boombox stuff, stupendous shake-and-quake vibrations, stupendous street story. Original pirate turbulence, indeed.”
Today, 18 months later Fixer Upper passed the 1 million streams mark on Spotify…
We have 6 jagged Yard Act jackhammers by now…
All this and more will be on their debut LP THE OVERLOAD, out in 2 days!
Rough Trade says about the firstborn: “Pulling off a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but somehow, Yard Act have made it work. Recording with Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) at his Bristol studio, those prolific demos have been sharpened down into something that speaks to the times we live in, creating a statement of intent that survives on nuance – a record of retro influences, recorded in a modern way, that manages to poke fun at society without punching down from a place of lefty superiority. The Overload is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.”
See you in a couple of weeks in Antwerp, guys.