For fans of John Cooper Clarke, Chumbawamba, Happy Mondays, The Fall etc. Leeds outfit Yard Act release their debut single, a double A side featuring two prime cuts of coruscating protopunk, fierce and fun in equal measures. Formed in 2019, Yard Act began life when friends Ryan Needham (Bass) and James Smith (Vocals) started creating minimalist rock tracks using a primitive drum machine and borrowed bass guitar. Later drafting in George Townend on drums, and Sammy Robinson on guitars whom they met at their spiritual home The Brudenell Social Club, they played a handful of shows to a rapt reception before you-know-what intervened. No matter: ingenuity and artistry enabled them to great their debut release. Overflowing with satirical one-liners, A side Fixer Upper follows a cocksure fictional character, ‘Graeme’, planning some home renovations. Drafting in Ross Orton (who’s credits include Arctic Monkeys, Working Men's Club’s, MIA, Amyl and the Sniffers) on mixing duties, it is equal parts fearsome and funny and never less than breath-taking. On the flip side, The Trapper’s Pelts is a satirical take on neoliberalism. Produced by Bill Ryder Jones (The Coral) prior to lockdown the recording process of the track “felt like a Happy Mondays thing, keeping the drums tight and high up in the mix like a dance mix.” Housed in a screen printed wraparound sleeve (individually printed by Ryan from the band), it’s a debut single to be treasured.
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