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Yak – ‘Pursuit of Momentary Happiness’ review

At one point during Yak’s second album, frontman Oli Burslem delivers a yowling rendition of ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’. It’s a fitting cover choice really. Tipped as a band with enormous talent, and renowned for their visceral live shows, Yak sort of did have it all ahead of them when they began work on this record....

Johnny Marr: ‘Pop music isn’t sexy any more – it’s all pretty sanitised’

Johnny Marr has argued that pop music has become 'outgrown and sanitised' - while also revealing which new and rising rock acts he thinks have potential. Watch our full video interview with Marr above.  To mark the release of his acclaimed new solo album 'Call The Comet', the former Smiths guitarist lamented how pop had come to resemble 'the bad end...

Meet Tommyandmary, the buskers picked to appear on the ‘Peaky Blinders’ soundtrack

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Tommyandmary have done what most wannabe rockstars can only dream of. In six months they've gone from hardened buskers to featuring on one of the biggest TV shows on the planet, Peaky Blinders. We caught up with the White Stripes-like duo to find out why their music was so attractive to former-Pulp bassist Antony Genn – the master composer behind Peaky Blinders'...

‘What makes a song Peaky?’ How ‘Peaky Blinders’ amazing soundtrack gets selected

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Former Pulp bassist Antony Genn is the soundtrack composer for Peaky Blinders season 4. Here he explains some of his excellent choices and spills some secrets on upcoming tracks. 1. 'Alas Salvation' - Yak Episode: one The scene: When John Shelby is doing his best impression of a country gent Genn says: “I love Yak. They’ve got pure visceral energy – blood and guts,...

Listen to the new Yak track, produced by Tame Impala

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Yak have shared their new single 'All I Need Is Some Sunshine In My Life' – a cover of the iconic The Dixie Nightingale track. It was produced by Tame Impala's Jay Gum Watson in frontman Kevin Parker's Perth studio. Speaking of the new song, Yak frontman Oli Burslem said: "A loved one departed and on the way out sent me...

New Music Of The Day: Yak – ‘Semi-Automatic’ (Video)

Back in March, Yak's Oli Burslem told NME he would be "relieved" if his fast rising band suddenly imploded. Luckily for us, that hasn't happened. Instead, the anarchic rock trio have just shared an absorbing new video for upcoming single 'Semi-Automatic'. The track, produced by Pulp's Steve Mackey, is a slow-burning rocker stuffed with the Wolverhampton boys' trademark fuzzy riffs and infectious...

Yak headline Jack Rocks This Feeling stage at Isle Of Wight Festival

Little Comets and Broken Hands also headline Jack Daniel's-sponsored stage.

Yak – ‘Alas Salvation’ Review

If you’re already in the know about London-based rock trio Yak, it will almost certainly be because of their gut-churning live shows. During their anarchic noiseathons they used to throw instruments crowdwards. For a recent tour with The Last Shadow Puppets they cut down on the physical missiles, but that sense of danger still hangs heavy over their nuclear...

Yak take on a bucking bronco in ‘Harbour The Feeling’ video – watch

Band will release their debut album in May

Yak announce debut album details – hear new song ‘Victorious (National Anthem)’ now

Band are nominated for Best New Artist this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas