Monday, January 10, 2022

Yard Act - "Rich"

Photo by Phoebe Fox

The more I hear Yard Act the more I enjoy them. The Leeds, UK band re-imagine Parklife-era Blur as a post punk band instead of Brit pop. So far their vocals have been much more along the lines of spoken word or ranting than actual singing. Their latest single, "Rich," has this blistering building intensity that goes in stark contrast to the cheerfulness at the beginning of the song. Very slowly the song gets angrier and drips with more and more attitude the further you get into the song. "Rich" starts off as an almost accessible song and then devolves into a much noisier and discordant one towards the end. A+.

Frontman James Smith says of the new song:

‘Rich’ is the natural successor to ‘Payday’. That’s the end of the story right? Success! Status! Security! Except, there’s always more money to be made, and you’re deemed a failure if your life starts to head back in the direction it came from. It’s about being so lost you’re sure you know exactly where you are and how you got there. I also wrote it because I thought it would be quite funny if Yard Act made a shit ton of money after I’d written an anti-capitalist concept album. It’ll be funny if I’m singing this song on stage when I’ve made my mint.

"At worst it makes no sense, at best it comes off as pretentious, but that’s the point I'm trying to make when I write anything really. Things only really make sense if you exclude the bits that don’t back up the point you’re trying to make. I’m a hypocrite just like everyone else. I don’t have the answers and I’m just trying to do the best I can. It’ll never be good enough though. Enjoy the ride, life is short and you never know what’s round the corner.

You can watch the video for "Rich" below. The Overload is due out on January 21 via Island Records/Zen F.C., and can be pre-ordered/pre-saved here. For more on Yard Act, check out the band's Facebook and Twitter. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

21  Jan | Rough Trade East, London, UK 12pm21  Jan | Rough Trade East, London, UK 6p– SOLD OUT22 Jan | Sister Ray / 100 Club Outstore 1pm22 Jan | Pryzm, Kingston-Upon-Thames, UK 9pm23 Jan | Pie and Vinyl Instore, Southsea, UK 1pm23 Jan | Resident Music Instore, Brighton, UK 6pm – SOLD OUT24 Jan | Truck Music Store, Oxford, UK  1pm23 Jan | Rough Trade, Bristol, UK, 6:30PM – SOLD OUT 27 Jan | Rough Trade, Nottingham, UK – SOLD OUT 2 Feb | L’Aéronef, Lille, FR3 Feb | Trix, Borgorhaut, BE4 Feb | Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam, NL – SOLD OUT5 Feb | Molotow, Hamburg, DE6 Feb | Stengade, Copenhagen, DK7 Feb | Plan B, Malmö, SE9 Feb | Badehaus, Berlin, DE10 Feb | Blue Shell, Cologne, DE11 Feb | Rotondes, Luxembourg, LU12 Feb | La Boule Noire, Paris, FR17 Feb | Village Underground, London, UK – SOLD OUT18 Feb | Patterns, Brighton, UK – SOLD OUT19 Feb | The Joiners, Southampton, UK – SOLD OUT21 Feb | Exchange, Bristol, UK – SOLD OUT22 Feb | Clwb Ifor Bach, UK Cardiff – SOLD OUT23 Feb | Bodega Social, Nottingham, UK – SOLD OUT24 Feb | The White Hotel, Salford, UK – SOLD OUT25 Feb | The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK – SOLD OUT26 Feb | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK – SOLD OUT1 Mar | The Cluny, Newcastle, UK – SOLD OUT2 Mar | The Caves, Edinburgh – SOLD OUT3 Mar | Mono, Glasgow, UK – SOLD OUT4 Mar | Whelans, Dublin, IE14 Mar – 20 Mar | SXSW, Austin, US22 Mar | Union Pool, Brooklyn, US 23 Mar | Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, US24 Mar | TV Eye, Queens, US25 Mar | The Sinclair, Boston, US27 Mar | The Garrison, Toronto, CA29 Mar | Sleeping Village, Chicago, US 5 Apr | Earth, London, UK15 Apr | The Casbah, San Diego, US18 Apr | The Crocodile, Seattle, US19 Apr | Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, US 21 Apr | Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, US 30 Apr | Liverpool Sound City, UK 11 May | Trinity, Bristol, UK18 May | Rescue Rooms, Nottingham – SOLD OUT19 May | Zanzibar, Liverpool – SOLD OUT20 May | Irish Centre, Leeds, UK – SOLD OUT21 May | Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK – SOLD OUT22 May | The Foundry, Sheffield – SOLD OUT26 May | O2 Academy, Leicester, UK27 May | Arts Centre, Norwich – SOLD OUT28 May | Wide Awake Festival, London22 Jul | Truck Festival, Oxford, UK24 Jul | Tramlines, Sheffield, UK29 Jul | Deer Shed, Thirsk UK30 Jul | Ynot Festival, Derbyshire, UK 5-7 Aug | Off Festival, Katowice, PL9-13 Aug | Oya Festival, Oslo, NO 24 Nov | O2 Academy, Leeds 25 Nov | O2 Ritz, Manchester

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