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 basslines. Along with ‘Heavens Above’, it makes up a new AA-side single out next week (October 28).
Speaking about the song, frontman Burslem said: “In-between touring in August we managed to squeeze a day in the studio with Mr Mackey and put down 4 tracks that we had written on the road. ‘Semi-Automatic’ and ‘Heavens Above’ are a result of that session and will be the last thing we release before disappearing and getting ready to record the next record. Both tracks are a simple and direct response to what is current and what we have seen, read and been part of over the period since the band started touring.”
Known for their tumultuous live show – Burslem is known for throwing instruments crowdwards – Yak are in a more relaxed mood on the accompanying video, directed by Ben Crook. Opening on the sweaty, beer-soaked floor of Ridley Road Market Bar, the two-and-a-half minute clip captures the band as they rattle through the new song. Snapping between close-ups of Burslem’s cheeky grin and his wide-eyed bandmates it perfectly illustrates what a Yak rehearsal must be like. Disorganised, spontaneous and a ton of fun. Watch it above.
The band’s spunky debut album, ‘Alas Salvation’, came out earlier this year. We called it an “earth-shaking and punky pastiche of ‘Rule Britannia'”.
Yak are currently on a European tour and come to the UK next week. See dates below:
Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK (19 Oct)
Think Tank, Newcastle, UK (20 Oct)
Broadcast, Glasgow, UK (21 Oct)
All Years Leaving Festival, Birmingham (22 Oct)
Picture House Social Club, Sheffield, UK (24 Oct)
Dublin Academy 2, Dublin, UK (25 Oct)
O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK (26 Oct)
Scala, London, UK (27 Oct)