Yak are back! notorious for their anarchic, and hedonistic live performances (everything gets broken…everything), The London-based trio are no strangers to the the eagle-eye of tastemakers and music journalists; touted as one of the most exciting guitar bands anyone’s seen in decades (even Jack White’s a fan), their debut full-length ‘Alas Salvation’ came as an unsuspectingly enormous victory for the genre, and homegrown talent. Brutal, brash, and unforgivingly noisy, it’s abrasive cocktail of hard-edge garage-rock, Stooges-style noise and 70s punk influences impressed critics both at home, and across the pond, ourselves included.
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After decamping halfway around the world to sunny Perth, Australia to work with Tame Impala’s Jay Gum Watson on the follow-up to ‘Alas Salvation’, the trio have shared new single ‘All I Need Is Some Sunshine In My Life’, their first release on ex-Maccabee Felix White’s new London-based label, Yala! Records. The song was premiered earlier this week (13 September) as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on the DJs weeknight Radio show, and is an adaptation of The Dixie Nightingale’s gospel classic of the same name.
Unpredictably brooding, and deeply sinister, ‘All I Need Is Some Sunshine In My Life’ reinterprets Southern gospel in the style of sludgy, scuzzy Mississippi swamp rock. Chunky blues-driven guitar riffs are squeezed through various effects pedals, until the song is nearly unrecognisable from its unconcerned beginnings. “A loved one departed and on the way out sent me this song, so we ended up recording a delirious version in the blistering heart of Perth” explains Yak frontman, Oli Burslem. “I love the original Dixie Nightingales’ version, it reminds me of songs like Wendy Rene’s, ‘After Laughter’, which i imagined was recorded in the same studio with maybe even the same people playing.”
With no imminent plans to release more new material (no whiff of album 2 then), the song will see a physical release on limited edition 7″ vinyl next month (6 October), backed by the band’s take on Lee Hazelwood’s ‘Wait and See’. ‘All I Need Is Some Sunshine In My Life’ is now available digitally on all major platforms. Yak tour the UK from 4th October, you can buy tickets from the link here. See the full list of dates below.
Yak October 2017 UK Tour
4, Green Door Store, Brighton*
5, The Loft, Southampton*
6, The Cookie, Leicester*
7, John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
9, The Bullingdon, Oxford*
10, The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge*
12, Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton*
13, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff*
14, Night & Day Café, Manchester*
16, Village Underground, London*^
18, The Forum, Tunbridge Wells*
* Support from Skinny Girl Diet
^Support from Hotel Lux
Words by Joe Bulger
Featured image courtesy of Louise Mason for DIY Magazine