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The Overload

Yard Act

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The sky is quite grey, almost like anthracite. The ideal fertiliser to make this teeming post-punk revival scene, which has been shaking the indie planet since the beginning of the 2010s, grow a little more. But how do you get your head out of an already dense melee in which Girl Band, Fontaines DC, Shame, Dry Cleaning and a thousand other bands armed with square guitars and vocalists closer to scansion than to song are jostling each other? To achieve this, Yard Act takes the genre's markers and predictable influences (The Fall, Gang of Four, Wire, early Talking Heads) down often unexpected paths. Better still, they don't limit themselves to being an electric ball of nerves or an old spit in the face of a (post-Brexit) society gone wrong. No, no, Yard Act uses their rage to find different forms of expression. The Overload, the brilliant first album of this Leeds-based quartet, closes with the almost peaceful tempo of 100% Endurance. On the mic, James Smith is a worthy heir to the dalaïlama of post-punk, the late Mark E. Smith of The Fall, with a hint of groove to boot. Along with guitarist Sam Shipstone, bassist Ryan Needham and drummer Jay Russell, Smith wraps his cynicism and bile in bright clothes. A form of proletarian dandyism on amphetamines that sometimes resembles Sleaford Mods (a lot), Ian Durry and his Blockheads or even Pulp! Never caricatured but still tainted with a dash of dark realism, James Smith's vignettes are sometimes funny and musically eclectic. Enough to leave a mark and make The Overload a shock album of 2022. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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The Overload Explicit
00:03:17

James Smith, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Conga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, Shaker, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Dead Horse Explicit
00:03:38

James Smith, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Payday
00:02:54

James Smith, Vocals, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Shaker, Conga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Rich Explicit
00:03:43

James Smith, Bells, Drums, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Chris Duffin, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
The Incident Explicit
00:03:10

James Smith, Drums, Horn, Tambourine, Vocals, Shaker, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Slater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Witness (Can I Get A?)
00:01:21

James Smith, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Slater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, Drum Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Land Of The Blind Explicit
00:03:00

James Smith, Bells, Vocals, Drum Programming, Shaker, Wine Glasses, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist - Alice Hyam, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Quarantine The Sticks Explicit
00:02:40

James Smith, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Tor Maries, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Tall Poppies
00:06:21

James Smith, Drums, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals, Drum Programming, Conga, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Chris Duffin, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Pour Another Explicit
00:03:20

James Smith, Tambourine, Vocals, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum, Shaker, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Slater, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

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100% Endurance Explicit
00:03:45

James Smith, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Chant, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Needham, Bass Guitar, Organ, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Shipstone, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yard Act, MainArtist - Sam Shjipstone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

The sky is quite grey, almost like anthracite. The ideal fertiliser to make this teeming post-punk revival scene, which has been shaking the indie planet since the beginning of the 2010s, grow a little more. But how do you get your head out of an already dense melee in which Girl Band, Fontaines DC, Shame, Dry Cleaning and a thousand other bands armed with square guitars and vocalists closer to scansion than to song are jostling each other? To achieve this, Yard Act takes the genre's markers and predictable influences (The Fall, Gang of Four, Wire, early Talking Heads) down often unexpected paths. Better still, they don't limit themselves to being an electric ball of nerves or an old spit in the face of a (post-Brexit) society gone wrong. No, no, Yard Act uses their rage to find different forms of expression. The Overload, the brilliant first album of this Leeds-based quartet, closes with the almost peaceful tempo of 100% Endurance. On the mic, James Smith is a worthy heir to the dalaïlama of post-punk, the late Mark E. Smith of The Fall, with a hint of groove to boot. Along with guitarist Sam Shipstone, bassist Ryan Needham and drummer Jay Russell, Smith wraps his cynicism and bile in bright clothes. A form of proletarian dandyism on amphetamines that sometimes resembles Sleaford Mods (a lot), Ian Durry and his Blockheads or even Pulp! Never caricatured but still tainted with a dash of dark realism, James Smith's vignettes are sometimes funny and musically eclectic. Enough to leave a mark and make The Overload a shock album of 2022. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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