Leeds Post-Punk outfit Yard Act have announced their debut LP, The Overload, which will be released by Zen F.C. They have also released a single by the same name with an accompanying video, which you can watch below.
The record is of completely new songs, coming in the wake of a wave of singles including ‘Trappers Pelt’, ‘Fixer Upper’ ‘Peanuts’ and ‘Dark Days‘.
Talking about the LP, frontman and lyricist James Smith said “Lyrically, I think it’s a record about the things that we all do – we’re all so wired into the system of day to day that we don’t really stop and think about the constructs that define us. But also beyond that, it’s kind of exciting, because there’s still so much we don’t understand; how a hive mindset is forged, how information spreads, how we agree and presume things without thinking. Some people think more than others, but a lot of this sloganeering – ‘I’m on the left, I’m not wrong’ – doesn’t achieve anything. Gammons, Karens, Snowflakes, whatever – I find it all so boring. I’m just not into that.”
The single is a rolling beast of a dancefloor filler with a hint of Reverend and the Makers Yorkshire acerbic wit. The trademark spoken word is 21st Century John Cooper Clark and Alex Turner if they fronted a Sleaford Mods that could write a tune and play some instruments.
Smith says of the single “‘The Overload’ serves as an overture to the album. It’s written from the perspective of someone sitting in a pub overhearing snippets of all these different conversations from different characters and acting as a vessel, a medium even, for their own thoughts and opinions. That cut and paste approach means it’s hard to decipher where one person’s musings end and another’s statement begins, and that feels like a fairer representation of why human existence is at the point it is right now. Society doesn’t prevail because of the absolute, it struggles on in spite of it. It’s our ability to compromise which helps us to coexist.”
The LP, The Overload will be released on 7 January 2022.
1. The Overload
2. Dead Horse
5. The Incident
7. Land Of The Blind
8. Quarantine The Sticks
9. Tall Poppies
10. Pour Another
11. 100% Endurance