Last month London-based trio Yak released their debut album Alas Salvation, produced by Pulp’s Steve Mackey, to a slew of glowing reviews. With Q Magazine describing the record as “rarely short of breath-taking” and The Guardian as “like being run over, but in a good way”, it seems fitting that the video for Yak’s new single ‘Use Somebody‘, directed by Douglas Hart of The Jesus and Mary Chain, features the band in a high-speed, crash-strewn chase around London in a hearse recently purchased by frontman Oli Burslem.
“A few things were happening at the time we wrote it – a Malaysian airline went down and we were listening to Buddy Holly; we were also listening to The Stooges, and Steve Mackay the saxophone player had just died so we revisited a lot of the songs he played on. We realised how much we hadn’t gone off those records and how much of an influence they had been on us, so this is maybe a nod to those”.
Yak have earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most thrilling live bands. Watch this space for U.S. live dates.