Yard Act STRIPPED BACK + SIGNING - 25/01/22

Updated: Jan 12

We welcome Leeds post-punk / indie band Yard Act to our store in Headingley to celebrate their new album 'The Overload' with a special STRIPPED BACK performance plus a signing with them instore.




This is a FREE event for the Stripped Back + Signing but please purchase a free ticket though to be on the guestlist to ensure you can see the performance - any pre-orders of the vinyl will be guaranteed a ticket to see the performance and have the opportunity to get their vinyl signed


Stripped Back + Signing performance by Yard Act

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Venue: The Vinyl Whistle, 12 Otley Road, Leeds, LS6 2AD

Date: 25/01/22

Time: Starts at 1pm


Album - new. Release date: 21/01/22. Indies Exclusive LP (Ghetto Lettuce Edition) Transparent Green Vinyl

Genre: Post Punk / Indie / Rock

FFO: The Lounge Society, Courting, Do Nothing


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Leeds outfit Yard Act release their debut album and even though 2022 is only seven days old, this album will define the year.


The Overload is a record of great dexterity and curation, the output of a band who were raised on a 00s digital-revolution buffet of wide musical influences. Growing up on US MTV Hip-Hop, minimal 70s No-Wave and sharp-witted British indie, Yard Act benefit from this rich tapestry of musical near-history, using it to create something that feels like more than a trendy pastiche.


While time-travelling in parts sonically, The Overload weaves a very-2021 storyline. The group made the decision early on to leave ‘Fixer Upper’ and ‘Dark Days’ off their album debut (“it sounds arrogant, but we felt we had enough good songs without ‘em”), but the joyous specificity of their early lyrical observation is still in fine evidence, plotting a visceral, satirical journey through capitalism and greed. Across the album’s 11 tracks, an unnamed character – a bricolage of characters that Smith has met, imagined, or himself been – finds himself in quite the financial pickle, ricocheting from desk job to desperate illicit activity to police investigation, before culminating in the kind of half-cut personal epiphany that even the most law-abiding among us could relate to. Bookended by cheeky cameo’s from ‘Fixer Upper’s' Graeme and a clear structure of four parts, there is no getting around it — Yard Act have written a soap opera.


Pulling off a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but somehow, Yard Act have made it work. Recording with Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) at his Bristol studio, those prolific demos have been sharpened down into something that speaks to the times we live in, creating a statement of intent that survives on nuance – a record of retro influences, recorded in a modern way, that manages to poke fun at society without punching down from a place of lefty superiority. The Overload is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.


For fans of John Cooper Clarke, Gang of Four, Chumbawamba, Happy Mondays, The Fall etc.


Vinyl Tracklist

Side A

A 1. The Overload

2. Dead Horse

3. Payday

4. Rich

5. The Incident

6. Witness (Can I Get A?)


Side B

7. Land Of The Blind

8. Quarantine The Sticks

9. Tall Poppies

10. Pour Another

11. 100% Endurance"


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