London’s YAK (@yak_band) Releasing Album in May – Watch “Victorious (National Anthem)”‏

Fast rising stars of the UK music scene, London’s Yak have been garnering rapid momentum over the past several months.Their unpredictable gigs and electrifying clutch of studio recordings have earned them a reputation as the most exciting and talked about new act and trio have channelled their ferocious live experience into their debut album Alas Salvation (on their own label Octopus Electrical – via Kobalt). Recorded with Pulp’s Steve Mackey as producer, it’s a wired and ambitious record that refuses to be pigeonholed. Yet beneath all the head-spinning chaos lies a beating heart of great melodicism and a hyperactively eclectic and inventive approach to making music. It’s the band’s first US release since their Third Man Records debut, The No EP. A rollicking swing through CMJ 2015 gave US audiences a taste of what the British have known for a while: 2016 looks set to be the year of the Yak.

Frontman Oli Burslem explains: “I was trying to make it a slightly schizophrenic record that had all these different elements, but had so much of everything that by the end it would all just be lost and everybody would be like, ‘What the hell was that? I don’t know what that was, but I kind of enjoyed it’”.

Today they released a video for the album’s thrillingly relentless opening track “Victorious (National Anthem)”.

Watch it here:

Pre-Order Alas Salvation: 

Alas Salvation Tracklisting:

  1. Victorious (National Anthem)

  2. Hungry Heart

  3. Use Somebody

  4. (Interlude I)

  5. Roll Another

  6. Curtain Twitcher

  7. Take It

  8. Harbour The Feeling

  9. Alas Salvation

  10. Smile

  11. Doo Wah

  12. (Interlude II)

  13. Please Don’t Wait For Me

Yak will now embark on a UK tour with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, followed by a US headline tour (including several shows at SXSW) and a UK/European headline tour. 

Yak Tour Dates

12th February – Berghain Kantine, Berlin, Germany

15th February – Gorilla, Manchester, UK* 

16th February – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK*

17th February – Thekla, Bristol, UK*

18th February – Electric Ballroom, London, UK*

19th February – The Haunt, Brighton, UK*

22nd February – La Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France

*with King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard

16th – 19th March – SXSW, Austin, TX, US

20th March – Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA, US

23rd March – Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA, US

25th March – Hideout, Chicago, IL, US

26th March – Silver Dollar, Toronto, ON, US

28th March – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, US

30th March – Berlin, New York, NY, US

31st March – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY, US

15th April – Printemps de Bourges, Bourges, France

11th May – The Rainbow, Birmingham, UK

12th May – Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield, UK

13th May – Stereo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK w/Baby Strange

14th May – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

15th May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK

18th May – The Exchange, Bristol, UK

20th May – Joiners Arms, Southampton, UK

21st May – The Bullingdon, Oxford, UK

24th May – Dingwalls, London, UK

29th May – Big Next Festival, Gent, Belgium

30th May – Merleyn Nijmegen, Netherlands

31st May – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Yak are: Oli Burslem (vocals/guitar/organ), Andy Jones (bass/vocals) and Elliot Rawson (drums/vocals).

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