Yard Act Announce Debut LP The Overload & Sign To Island Records/Zen F.C.
Yard Act have revealed that they have signed to Island Records/Zen F.C and that they will be bringing out their debut album, The Overload in January 2022.
Spearheaded by James Smith (vocals) and Ryan Needham (bass), and completed by Sam Shjipstone (guitar) and Jay Russell (drums), Yard Act have built a sound that speaks inherently to the current cultural and political moment in the UK, and yet ties together observations from all walks of modern British life – the small-town bloke in the local pub, the anti-capitalist stuck at a desk job, the tired activist in all of us torn between easy complicity and the desire to fight.
Their debut EP, which collected their early singles was released in late 2020 and sold 3000 physical copies, most of them in the first week it was released, and the moment the band were allowed to play live again they began selling out every venue they played, before playing the Reading Festival in August and solidifying their status as one of the most exciting UK exports of recent years. Today, Yard Act have announced their feverishly anticipated debut album The Overload, which is due to be releasedon January, 7th 2022 via Island Records and their own imprint Zen F.C., and to mark the release they have shared the record’s searing lead single of the same name, alongside a video directed by James Slater (Major Lazer, Pale Waves).
Spanning 11 entirely new tracks, The Overload is a record that rages with Yard Act’s inimitable wit, musical dexterity and tasteful curation. Littered with Yard Act’s signature dark humour and knowing cynicism, The Overload pokes fun at society without ever punching down from a place of superiority. “Lyrically, I think it’s a record about the things that we all do — we’re all so wired into the system of day to day that we don’t really stop and think about the constructs that define us,” says Smith. “But also beyond that, it’s kind of exciting, because there’s still so much we don’t understand; how a hive mindset is forged, how information spreads, how we agree and presume things without thinking. Some people think more than others, but a lot of this sloganeering – ‘I’m on the left, I’m not wrong’ – doesn’t achieve anything. I find it all so boring. I’m just not into that.”
“We all succumb to fear most of the time, and it explains a lot about why we make the decisions we do. I imagine the chorus delivered by a Greek chorus; omnipresent, and encompassing the themes of not only this song, but the whole album. That’s what The Overload is essentially. It’s everything happening at once, and it’s our tiny, feeble minds trying to process and cope with it. Good luck.”
The Overload is out via Island Records and Zen F.C. on January 7th, 2022. It is available for preorder here.
Tracklist 1. The Overload 2. Dead Horse 3. Payday 4. Rich 5. The Incident 6. Witness (Can I Get A?) 7. Land Of The Blind 8. Quarantine The Sticks 9. Tall Poppies 10. Pour Another 11. 100% Endurance
Tour Dates 18 Sep | Wide Eyed Festival, Leicester 22 Sep | Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg 23 Sep | The Workman’s Club, Dublin 24 Sep| Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg 25 Sep | Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol 26 Sep | Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham – SOLD OUT 27 Sep | Portland Arms, Cambridge 28 Sep | The Bullingdon, Oxford 29 Sep | Esquires, Bedford 30 Sep | The Lexington, London – SOLD OUT
1 Oct | Sound City Festival, Ipswich 2 Oct | By:larm Festival, Oslo 16 Oct | New In Town, Margate 22 Oct | A Slow Education, York – SOLD OUT 30 Oct | Dark Arts, Leeds – SOLD OUT 6 Nov | Mutations Festival, Brighton 13 Nov | Great Western Festival, Glasgow 21 Nov | Pitchfork Festival, Paris
2 Feb | L’Aéronef, Lille 3 Feb | Trix, Borgorhaut 4 Feb | Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam 5 Feb | Molotow, Hamburg 6 Feb | Stengade, Copenhagen 7 Feb | Plan B, Malmö 9 Feb | Badehaus, Berlin 10 Feb | Blue Shell, Cologne 11 Feb | Rotondes, Luxembourg 12 Feb | La Boule Noire, Paris 17 Feb | Village Underground, London – SOLD OUT 18 Feb | Patterns, Brighton 19 Feb | The Joiners, Southampton – SOLD OUT 21 Feb | Exchange, Bristol– SOLD OUT 22 Feb | Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 23 Feb | Bodega Social, Nottingham – SOLD OUT 24 Feb | The White Hotel, Salford – SOLD OUT 25 Feb | The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge – SOLD OUT 26 Feb | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – SOLD OUT 1 Mar | The Cluny, Newcastle 2 Mar | The Caves, Edinburgh 3 Mar | Mono, Glasgow 5 Apr | Earth, London 11 May | Trinity, Bristol 18 May | Rescue Rooms, Nottingham 19 May | Zanzibar, Liverpool 20 May | Irish Centre, Leeds 21 May | Band on the Wall, Manchester 22 May | The Foundry, Sheffield 27 May | Arts Centre, Norwich