BAND OF THE WEEK: YAK

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Yak released their debut album, Alas, Salavation, in 2016; a highly anticipated record, it offered an insight into the nervy, enthralling mind of frontman Oli Burlsem and gave us some fucking delightfully, dirty riffs to boot. Two years have passed, line-ups have changed and sounds have shifted, because just like Yak’s live presence, their authentic unpredictability is key.

We write this band of the week based on the pure love we have for Yak’s latest single, Bellyache. Press play and you’re greeted by Jurassic 5 style panpipes which then morph into a woozy, psych-tinged stomp with bassist Vincent Davies’ (formerly Hidden Charms) sound stamped all over it. A quarter of the way through, the swagger and sleaze come through in plentiful helpings before it contorts into all out manic, stream-of-consciousness carnage. The last lyric, “if you’re going for broke just make sure you don’t choke”, comes from the notion that this could be the last record they would ever make – a signifier that Yak are a band truly committed to the intensity of whatever moment they find themselves in. You can catch the guys live at the following dates:

Tour Dates

23rd October – The Crescent, York
24th October – Newcastle, Think Tank?
25th October – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
26th October – Sheffield, Picture House Social
27th October – Manchester, Deaf Institute
30th October – St Albans, The Horn
31st October – Bristol, The Exchange
1st November – Southampton, Heartbreakers
2nd November – Brighton, The Haunt
7th November – London, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

BAND OF THE WEEK: THE SNUTS

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The Snuts, comprised of Jack Cochrane, Joe McGillveray, Callum Wilson and Jordan McKay, are a band that are bubbling under Scotland’s surface, ready to burst at any moment. Driven by the kind of stadium-sized dreams that glint in the eye of their predecessors, their vast choruses and powerhouse vocals have struck a chord with Scotland’s much-revered civic pride, amassing something of a cult following which spreads far beyond the parameters of their West Lothian upbringings.

Their debut single, ‘Seasons’  masters blistering indie energy and serves as an enticing glimpse into their ambitious tendencies and the same can be said for follow up single, ‘Manhattan Project’, a riotous, rock and roll number that is as emotive as it is charismatic.


Off the back of a truly rousing set at TRNSMT festival’s King Tut’s stage, which attracted over 6,000 punters shouting every word of their music back to them, the band have announced a UK tour for this October which will climax on three Scottish dates in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen – all of which have sold out. Check out the dates below:

Tour Dates

15th October – The Prince Albert, Brighton
17th October – The Louisiana, Bristol
18th October – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
19th October – St Luke’s, Glasgow
20th October – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Follow the band on Twitter, Instagram or via their Facebook page for more updates. 

Sports Team @ Neighbourhood Festival

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Manchester is frequently dubbed the ‘music capital’ of the UK and whether you agree or not, its heritage, live scene and general spirit are hard to match. Back for another year, Neighbourhood Festival, an inner-city event thats spans across all of the cities music venues, played host to an eclectic, crowd-pleasing line-up including Temples, The Orielles and Swim Deep. But as standard procedure goes, Sports Team stole the show. Delve into their mini gallery below courtesy of photographer, Henry Calvert.

 

 

Ladies & gentleman, Alex Rice has made it into Vogue…

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Nestled somewhere between Zayn Malik and Lennon Gallagher, Alex Rice can now have ‘heart throb’ added to his bow of accolades as he’s managed to land himself in the coveted pages of Vogue (or their online site, at least.) Listed as one of the 50 boys they’re spotlighting for 2018, this could be one of the bands finest accolades to date, no?

Find Alex sitting prettily amongst the other ‘hottest boys in the world’, here.

Sports Team reign supreme at Scala

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Almost a week after what can only be described as a career pinnacle, Sports Team are still riding high from a triumphant headline slot at Scala. As sweaty, joyous and tongue-in-cheek as all the reviews have painted it out to be, it’s a definable milestone in the band’s career and a perfect end to a stellar summer.

The set finale is the snapshot every audience member will have imprinted in their brain’s; perched atop a speaker stack, dressed in a suit for the occasion, Alex Rice watches, enthralled, as a ferocious tide of crowd surfers bob to the surface before falling back under as set-closer Kutcher, an indie anthem for the ages, rings out around the venue. Balloons descend from a cage on the ceiling. A hand-made, tin foil sculpture of a shark (10 points for effort, guys) sits in the corner. Sweat gleams from every single person’s orifices. Fuck Robbie at Knebworth, this is the kind of intimate, grin-inducing set that bands surely live for.

The Guardian called it a reminder of why indie made it back from the brink and well, no one’s going to argue with The Guardian, right?

Here’s a gallery of images delineating the night, courtesy of Connor Willis.